Archive for July, 2013

News Bulletin 125

“I suppose I am the only one in the world. I’m a consulting detective.”

                                                                                                 Sherlock Holmes in A Study in Scarlet


Private detectives to need licence

The Home Office says it wants to combat rogue investigators. Operating as an unlicensed private detective is to be illegal in England and Wales, the Home Secretary has said.

The BBC News report is here and the Channel 4 News report here. Tonight’s Channel 4 News at 7pm led off with this story and used the familiar Holmes profile as a backdrop.

In an earlier report, Channel 4 News asked what tighter regulation would have meant for Sherlock Holmes.


News Bulletin 124

“I am endeavouring to tell you everything”


His Last Vow

We weren’t expecting this, at least not just yet, but all of a sudden the full title of episode 3 of the new Sherlock series has been revealed. Grab the story here.


Sherlock at Comic-Con

Just a split second too late for yesterday’s Bulletin but you can watch the latest from San Diego here and here now.





News Bulletin 123

“Here is what we want”

As speculation around Sherlock series 3 continues to mount, here is the latest news from Comic-Con 2013 in San Diego. You’ll be able to read more here, here and here. We’ve Peter Blau in the US to thank for providing all these links.




News Bulletin 122

“I am full of curiosity. I should prefer to hear it now.”


BBC Sherlock  Latest!

The Reichenbach Fall, episode 3 of series 2, has been pushed back to Friday 2 August 2013.

The Hounds of Baskerville, episode 2 in the second series, is being repeated on BBC One tomorrow (Friday 19 July 2013) at 8.30pm.

The second word in the still to be announced title of season 3, episode 3 will be hidden in this latest repeat.

The first word to be revealed was ‘HIS.’ We’ve more words on this here and here.



If you missed A Scandal in Belgravia (series 2, episode 1), you can catch it here, but hurry – it’s about to expire! Each episode is only available for seven days from date of transmission.






News Bulletin 121

“All has turned out splendidly”

You can hardly have failed to notice that coverage of the live tennis last Friday evening resulted in BBC One knocking  the first episode repeat of Sherlock (series 2) out of play.

The postponed episode 1 – ‘A Scandal in Belgravia’ is now re-scheduled for this Friday (12 July) at 8.30pm on BBC One. Episodes 2 and 3 will therefore each be a week later than originally planned, assuming nothing else gets in the way in the meantime that is.

Needless to say, many listings magazines are showing the incorrect details for this week’s episode, and if the new Radio Times (w/c 13 July 2013) is anything to go by the same problems will persist into the following week too. 

The delay in transmission has fortunately meant that we can relay the following pieces of news. The Sherlock producers have come up with a devilish cunning plan to maximise viewers for the repeat run. While the titles of the first two episodes in the third series have already been announced, there’s been no reveal as yet for episode 3. So what have these fiends done? A clue to the title has been hidden in each of the episodes of the repeat run, guaranteeing that Sherlock fans won’t be able to take their eyes off  the screen, not even for a moment!

Also, our spies tell us that there’s a brief teaser at the end of ‘The Reichenbach Fall’ (episode 3 in this repeat run). Will it explain how Sherlock survived? Possibly, but probably not – but then you never know with this Sherlock production.


“Anything else?” I asked

Benedict Cumberbatch is the star turn in the ‘Reasonably Priced Car’ spot in this Sunday’s Top Gear on BBC Two at 8pm (14 July). This being Top Gear, the car is of course the real star, and in this instance it’s a Vauxhall Corsa.


News Bulletin 120

“I was much astounded by this programme”


Back On One!

This Friday (5 July 2013), Sherlock returns to BBC One for a repeat run of series 2. The first episode, which will be screened at 8.30pm, is A Scandal in Belgravia.


And The Next One!

Nick Hurran has been confirmed as director for the third episode in the upcoming BBC Sherlock series 3. Steven Moffat will be the writer for this one, the title as yet unannounced. Filming on the episode is set to begin in late July. Post production work on the first two episodes is continuing.

Hurran recently completed filming the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, which was also written by Steven Moffat. This is due to be broadcast in November 2013 as the centrepiece of the celebrations.


Big Brother, My Dear Watson

Rhys Ifans is joining the cast of Elementary, as Sherlock’s brother Mycroft. The Welsh actor will appear in the first episode of the upcoming second season, which sees the detective and his partner Joan Watson travel to London to take up an old case. We have the story here from Digital Spy and also from the Radio Times website.

Talking about Elementary season 1, here’s what one critic thought about it.