Archive for October, 2012

News Bulletin 100

“Have there been any fresh developments?” asked Holmes

 Elementary Countdown!

Only one more day to go until Elementary reaches our screens (Sky Living on Tuesday 23October 2012 at 9pm). To help while away the time, here’s a short preview video.

Sky Living is also repeating the show at 8pm the following day (24th). There’s a further repeat on Sunday (28th) at 9pm.

Sky Go users can watch the entire episode in full now!

Here’s what Alex Kane has to say about Elementary in his latest Guide.Is there room for yet another take on Sherlock Holmes? Let’s face it, we already have Robert Downey Jnr. on the big screen and Benedict Cumberbatch on television. And now we have Jonny Lee Miller as a very modern Holmes in New York: accompanied by Lucy Liu as Joan Watson. Miller is a brilliant young actor, but I’m not sure what he can bring to the character which hasn’t already been brought by Downey and Cumberbatch.’


Awards: Act Now!

The TV Times Awards 2012 affords yet another opportunity for the BBC’s Sherlock to fill its trophy cabinet to near overflowing. Mrs Hudson has been seen in her local pound shop, stocking up with copious amounts of Mr Sheen.

Sherlock series 2 has been nominated for Best Drama, the death scene in episode 3 (of series 2) is up for Favourite Event of the Year, while Benedict Cumberbach is hoping to get his hands on Best Actor. Remember that Sherlock is nominated in 3 categories!

And perhaps in an attempt to dispel any potential voter apathy, TV Times is offering the added incentive of some rather nice prizes, open to everyone who takes part.

Voting closes tomorrow, Tuesday 23 October, so act now – cast your vote here!


Awards: Spoiler Alert!

The 2012 Crime Thriller Awards are being screened on ITV3 tomorrow evening (Tuesday 23rd)  at 9pm (repeated on Thursday 25th). The ceremony itself was held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel last Thursday (18th) evening.  

If you don’t want to know the outcome, look away now!

BBC Sherlock series 2 grabbed the TV Dagger, Benedict Cumberbatch (for Sherlock) got the Best Actor Dagger while Martin Freeman (for John) took the Supporting Actor Dagger. The bigger picture is just a click away.


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News Bulletin 99

“Ah! I expected it. Look here!”

Elementary, my dear Joan

The scene is set in New York, not Baker Street. Dr. Joan Watson, played by Lucy Liu, has been hired by Sherlock Holmes’ British tycoon father to act as his son’s 24-hour sober-living companion. Watson has some baggage herself, she’s a disgraced former surgeon. In less than a blink of an eye, they are soon working on a murder case together.

The Pilot episode of Elementary, the latest twist on Holmes and Watson, is set for take-off in the UK one week from today, on Sky Living, Tuesday 23 October 2012 at 9pm. Jonny Lee Miller plays Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock loves Sherlock!

Whatever some critics may opine (reviews from the US have been largely positive, by the way), Benedict Cumberbatch has given  Elementary the thumbs-up. The Sherlock star says it is “absolutely fantastic”.

To find out what the guest panel on BBC Radio4’s Saturday Review (13 October 2012) thought about Elementary, click here. The programme included a six minute discussion on the new drama. You will find it near the end, approximately 37 minutes into the broadcast. 

Woo Hoo! It’s Sherlock for the Simpsons but not quite yet

It seems Benedict Cumberbatch is everywhere these days. We now hear he’s going to appear in a forthcoming episode of The Simpsons (season 24) as a “snake-like character” and the British Prime Minister. Benedict has recently told Digital Spy that he’d like to return to the show as Sherlock. Well, no surprise there – we all know Sherlock used to hang around Barts in his younger days.

However does he manage it? Even with his tightly packed schedule, Benedict has still managed to squeeze in a reading for the upcoming Friendly Fires album.

Cluedo does Sherlock

Just in time for the up-coming season, the best-selling board game Cluedo is about to bring out a Sherlock edition, tied –in with the BBC series. Make your first move here!

Another curious incident?

Might this possibly remind you of one of Mr. Holmes’ most memorable cases? Curiously enough, it’s also the very same case which the crew will be investigating on Sunday 28 October 2012.


We always enjoy a story with plenty of buzz!

Festival 50!

The Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queens is marking its half-century this year. Nothing specifically Sherlockian but on the crime scene we observe there’s an evening (2 November at the Whitla Hall) with author Ian Rankin, in conversation with actor John Gordon Sinclair.

The event  marks  the return of Inspector John Rebus, with the publication of Rankin’s new novel, Standing in Another Man’s Grave on 8 November.

For the full Festival programme, which runs from 19 October to 4 November 2012, click here.

Some of the Festival events are run in conjunction with Belfast’s own crime bookstore, No Alibis, which you can follow-up on at the No Alibis website.




News Bulletin 98

“Quick, quick, or it’ll be too late!”


Here’s your chance to vote for the BBC series Sherlock and its two lead stars in the 2013 National Television Awards (NTV) for the UK.

You can cast your vote for Sherlock for Best Drama and for either Benedict Cumberbatch or Martin Freeman for Best Drama Performance: Male.

Voting closes in the Long List Stage (this will be whittled down to a Short List, which you’ll be invited to vote in at a later date) at 23.59BST on Thursday 11 October 2012.

Make haste – Vote here now!   


News Bulletin 97

“Let me have the date”

The pilot episode of the US produced series Elementary will premiere in the UK on Tuesday 23 October 2012 at 9pm on Sky Living. 

On BBC Radio4’s daily arts programme Front Row on Friday 28 September Boyd Hilton discussed Elementary, which stars Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Watson. You can catch-up with the programme here.