News Bulletin 86

“There are several points upon which we still want light – but it is coming all the same.”

It’s Some Sad News

Comedian, writer and actor Eric Sykes died today (4 July 2012) aged 89 following a short illness. His impressive body of work includes his hugely popular TV series Sykes And A… with Hattie Jacques which ran from 1960 to 1965, and then from 1972 to 1979. In our own world, he played the role of journalist Horace Harker in The Six Napoleons, the final episode in Granada’s ‘The Return of Sherlock Holmes’ Series 1(1986).

It’s Elementary For Sky

Sky has acquired the UK rights to screen CBS’s Elementary, the new series that sets Sherlock in modern-day New York and introduces a female Watson by his side.  Elementary is due to air in the US this autumn, the same time when it will make its debut here. Sky will be showing it on the Sky Living channel which is accessible for subscribers to Sky or Virgin Media.

You can read what Sky’s own take on it is here and also catch a trailer. You’ll also be able to access Sky Living’s website on our Links page from now on.

And you can see what The Guardian had to say about it on their website.

It’s Sherlock Week

This is Sherlock Week at the Radio Times website, with loads to see and do every day.

It’s Bedlam

Our member Joe Marino is continuing to review Alan Lane’s Young Sherlock Holmes series. Joe has gone through all 4 novels to date, and he’s just added another one – Bedlam. Unlike the others which are all full-length, this is a short read. Bedlam is only available in Kindle format.

You can read all of Joe’s Young Sherlock Holmes reviews including this latest one if you go to our Articles page and click on ‘Reviews: Alan Lane’s Young Sherlock Holmes’ on the drop-down menu. Once you are on that page, just scroll down to Bedlam.

It’s Helping To Save Undershaw

The future of Conan Doyle’s former home Undershaw, at Hindhead in Surrey, still remains uncertain. You can help support the Campaign to save it by buying a new book called Sherlock’s Home: The Empty House (MX Publishing, £9.99).  It’s a collection of short stories, verses etc from Sherlockians and supporters around the world including Mark Gatiss, Gyles Brandreth, Stephen Fry, and Douglas Wilmer. Royalties go to the Undershaw Preservation Trust and the best way to maximise your contribution is to buy the book directly from the link shown here. You can also buy it from and there’s a Kindle version available should you prefer that format.