News Bulletin 90

“Well, Watson, what do you make of this?”

Benedict has it covered!

You could hardly miss Benedict Cumberbatch on the cover of the new Radio Times (18 – 24 August 2012). There’s a major interview inside, which includes some Sherlock stuff, but don’t get over excited, Series 3 is not happening just yet. You’ll find a lot of Sherlock on the magazine’s website too.

Elementary, my dear website

Here’s the official link for CBS’s new Elementary TV series. Episode 1 is due to air in the US on Thursday 27 September 2012. We don’t have the date for the UK/Ireland yet, but watch this space. This link is now included on our Links page also.

Another string

Taking a break for lunch at ‘some decent hotel’ during the case which we know of as The Adventure of the Cardboard Box, Watson records that they ‘had a pleasant little meal together, during which Holmes would talk of nothing but violins, narrating with great exultation how he had purchased his own Stradivarius, which was worth at least five hundred guineas, at a Jew broker’s in the Tottenham Court Road for fifty-five shillings.’ We think that Holmes might have enjoyed the following story.

Looking for Sherlock’s London

US TV Channel NBC sent its reporter Keith Miller to London to search for clues about Sherlock Holmes (a tie-in with their Olympic coverage). The clip, which you can watch here, features Roger Johnson, editor of the Sherlock Holmes Journal and a couple of members of the Baker Street Babes.

Conan Doyle’s Arctic Diary revealed at last!

In February 1880, Conan Doyle embarked on ‘the first real outstanding adventure in my life,’ when he spent seven months as a ship’s surgeon on an Arctic whaler, the Hope. His diary, unseen by the public before now, is being published by British Library Publishing on 25 September 2012.

[Dangerous Work: Diary of an Arctic Adventure Conan Doyle (Author). Jon L. Lellenberg and Daniel Stashower (Editors). British Library, Hardcover. £25.]

The Daily Mail ran an interesting article about the diary which you can read here.

If you’d like a bit more substance, try this piece by Randall Stock.

Conan Doyle, Daily Mail Olympic reporter

Did you know that Conan Doyle reported for the Daily Mail at the 1908 London Olympics? The newspaper, which regularly gives both ACD and SH some good coverage, didn’t miss the opportunity to recall the event in its issue of 27 July 2012. You can read the article here.–Sir-Arthur-Conan-Doyle-covered-Daily-Mail.html

Most people, the naysayers aside, agree that the 2012 London Olympics was a triumph. And it’s not all over yet.

The London Paralympics are due to start on 29 August 2012.

Not so fine and Dandy

The news that the Dandy, the UK’s oldest comic, is facing an uncertain future got us thinking about a character that was introduced to it’s fun-filled pages, as part of a re–launch (one of many) 8 years ago. Dreadlock Holmes made his debut in issue 3282 (Friday 10 October 2004) and continued his adventures over the following two weeks. We’ve no idea what happened after that before we came across him again in a 2-part story in the Dandy Holiday Special (Special no.5) which was published 12 May 2005.

At the end of that episode there was a note that ‘Dreadlock Holmes will be solving more ridiculous mysteries, and delivering more excruciating puns, in the weekly Dandy soon!’ Did that ever come about, we wonder? And there’s another puzzle to solve. Did Dreadlock ever appear in the Dandy Annual (published every Christmas)? Perhaps some of our readers could shed some light on these little mysteries for us. It seems that the Dandy’s future, if it has one, may lie online rather than on paper, and that some of its most famous characters such as Desperate Dan could transfer to the Beano, its sister comic.