News Bulletin 102

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Happy Birthday Auntie Beeb!

BBC Radio is celebrating its ninetieth birthday tomorrow (Wednesday 14 November 2012) by broadcasting a special three-minute programme – Radio Reunited – across its network of 60 stations (including Radio Ulster). It’s going out at 5.33pm, the exact time that the BBC first broadcast on 14 November 1922.

BBC Radio has helped to keep the memory green over many years, so we join with Holmesians and Sherlockians everywhere and take this opportunity to wish Auntie many happy returns!


Elementary Viewers

Elementary got off to a positive start in the UK, topping Sky Living’s Top 10 ratings for w/e 28/09 with 918,000 viewers.  The pilot episode also picked up 388,000 (no.3 spot) with its first repeat (24/09) and another 159,000 for a further repeat on 28/09. The third repeat (29/10) was included in the Top 10 (w/e 4/10) with 140,000.

‘While you were sleeping’ (Episode 2) did even better, topping Sky Living’s Top 10 (w/e 4/10) with a resounding 1,119,000 for 30/09. The repeat the following day (31/09) again took third spot, with 320,000 watching. Episode 2 also topped the Sky Living +1 Top 10 with 155,000 for 30/09.

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Peter Blau says it continues to win in its time slot in the US, which has pleased CBS so much that the network has ordered the “back nine” (bringing the total number of episodes to 22) for a complete season.  

You can keep up with Elementary here.


Multi Tasking Lucy Liu

Not content with just acting as Jonny Lee Miller’s companion in Elementary, Lucy Liu has  joined the Southland series where she’s also got a sidekick role as John Cooper’s new partner. Series 4 (1/10) starts on More4 on Thursday 15 November at 10pm.


SH2 on Sky Soon

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) is set to screen on Sky Movies Premiere (also HD) from 28 December 2012. It’ll also be available via Sky on Demand from the same date.


Rebus’s Nod

Rebus: The Black Book, Radio4’s Classic Serial (1/2), broadcast last Sunday (11 November 2012) was an adaptation of Ian Rankin’s 1993 crime thriller set in Edinburgh. Starring Ron Donachie as maverick inspector John Rebus, it included a nod to our world, a DS Holmes and a CS Watson.

It’s repeated this Saturday 17 November with the concluding episode the following day (18th) at 3pm. Here’s the iPlayer link to episode 1 (until Sunday).


Tunnel Vision

On the surface The Bank Job (2008), a heist thriller apparently based on a true story, has nothing whatsoever to do with Sherlock Holmes. Apart from the fact that is, that it involves a gang of crooks tunnelling into a bank from adjacent premises. Now, what case does that remind you of?  Oh! We nearly forgot to mention that the bank is in Baker Street!  Bank Job is getting a repeat on Film4 on Friday 16 November at 9pm. 


Have you seen Alex Kane’s latest SEEING and OBSERVING Guide yet?