Archive for April, 2012

News Bulletin 77

“To act, Sherlock – to act!” cried Mycroft


It’s No Drama Show For BBC’s Hit Series

BBC 1’s Sherlock Series 2 was a massive hit with viewers, all ten million of them, but the opportunity to win a second BAFTA  for Best Drama Series (Series 1 picked up this award in 2011) has received a knock-out blow due to a rules change which BAFTA has introduced this year. To qualify, a drama now has to have between six and nineteen episodes, and, of course, Sherlock is well short of that. Series 2 had only three episodes as did Series 1.

Sherlock has also failed to get a nomination for the new Best Mini-Series category, which would have given it another bite at the cherry, albeit perhaps not just as ripe a one as Best Drama.

BBC Radio 4’s Front Row featured Sherlock in last night’s programme (24 April). You can still catch it on the iPlayer.

While that controversy is going to grab the headlines, at least for a day or two, the better news is that Sherlock has been nominated in three other categories.

Benedict Cumberbatch, for his role as you know who, is up for Best Leading Actor (you may remember he was pipped to the post for that in 2011).

There are two Sherlock nominations in the Best Supporting Actor category with a fight to the finish between Martin Freeman as Watson (or should we say John?), attempting to retain his title, and Andrew Scott as Moriarty.

Sherlock has also been included in the You Tube Audience Awards nominations. This allows the public to vote for their favourite from the list between 19 April and 5pm 24 May 2012.

The 2012 British Academy Television Awards will be held on 27 May at London’s Royal Festival Hall.,3256,BA.html

News Bulletin 76

“By Jove, Watson, I’ve got it.” 

Members will find further details on all the items marked * in the latest issue of Mayday Mayday (no.117, April 2012), which was published simultaneously today. 

It’s A New June Thompson!*

The Secret Archives of Sherlock Holmes by June Thomson is due in hardback from Alison & Busby on 30 April 2012. Her five previous pastiche collections were all well received so many readers will be looking forward to this latest one.

New BBC Books Tie-in*

BBC Books have published three more paperbacks to tie-in with the BBC’s Sherlock. The Memoirs, Sign and Houn were all issued on 29 March 2012.

Conan Doyle Weekend*

This 3-day event is taking place from 15 – 17 June 2012 in Haslemere, a beautiful old English town in the County of Surrey, 40 miles to the south of London. Haslemere is close to Hindhead where Conan Doyle was a resident from 1897 for about 10 years. It was while living there that he wrote The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Return of Sherlock Holmes.

The group have worked hard at this project for over a year and full details of the weekend, including a booking form, can be found on their website.

Sherlock & John Know How!

Know How, part of the Dixon Retail Group, has enlisted the help of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman aka Sherlock & John to promote their new ‘Movies on demand’ service. Advertising signs and flyers featuring the dashing duo can now be found in Currys and PC World stores, part of the same group.

Private Investigators name SH Their Favourite PI

SH2 DVD Countdown!

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is due on Region 2 DVD and Blu-ray on 14 May 2012.

Crow’s Nest 2

For anyone out there who doesn’t know yet, Alex Kane’s informative weekly TV & Radio Guide has now got its own page on this website  –  Crow’s Nest 2. Click on the Alex. Kane’s TV and Radio Guide Tab and you’ll find his latest preview (there’s a fresh one every Friday evening).

Click on the Crow’s Nest 2 Tab on the Menu Bar and you’ll find the frequency info for all the channels/stations mentioned in the Guide currently/recently and if that wasn’t enough all their website links too.

Loose Canon 6 – It’s A Date!*

We’ve set Sunday 10 June 2012 as the date for this year’s Annual Outing Sailing.