Archive for October, 2013

News Bulletin 153

“I was thrilled with horror” 3


Holmes for Halloween!


Haloween Holmes










The Best Sherlockian Halloween Costume



News Bulletin 152

“This, I fancy”*


Elementary Episode 2

Tonight (Tuesday 29 October) at 9pm on Sky Living, the new season of Elementary continues with ‘Solve for X.’ The repeat is on Friday 1 November at 8pm. 

‘When a well-respected mathematician is found dead, Holmes and Watson set out to solve a murder and the purpose of the highly guarded equation he was trying to decipher. Meanwhile, Watson is conflicted when the son of a former patient approaches her for a loan.’ 


Poirot: The End is Near

Episode 2 (of 4, series 13), ‘Dead Man’s Folly,’ is on Wednesday (30 October) at 8pm on ITV.

‘Novelist Ariadne Oliver asks Poirot for help – not to solve a murder but to prevent one. Ariadne has been commissioned to stage a ‘murder hunt’ at a grand summer fete in the grounds of Nasse House, the home of the wealthy financier Sir George Stubbs, but Ariadne’s instincts tell her that she is getting involved in something much darker.’




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News Bulletin 151

“This will do”*

 Sailing Schedule


Tonight (Sunday 27 October)

The Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2013 on ITV3 from 9:00pm to 10:35pm.

Bradley Walsh is presenting the awards ceremony celebrating the best in crime thriller fiction, TV and film in the past 12 months. The ten awards include the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger for best crime novel and best actor and actress in a crime drama. The stars will turn out in force at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, where the winners will be revealed.


The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Peter Blau has mentioned that BBC Radio4 Extra will be doing a repeat run of 6 episodes from this series, starting on Tuesday 29 October with Silver Blaze.


I hear of Sherlock over there

It’s been announced that the third series of Sherlock will air on PBS in the US on 19 January 2014. Still no date for here yet, and it may be a waiting game, perhaps well into December before all is revealed. One thing is for sure, we will see it before anyone else.


Crime Thriller Catch-up

Crime Thriller Club, ITV3, 23 October 2013 at 9pm. Those taking part included Roger Johnson, editor of the Sherlock Holmes Journal. Catch-up on the ITV Player [for a limited period].


Sherlock Holmes Murder Mysteries at Belfast

For those of you for whom Murder Mysteries are food and drink, this series of four Sherlock Holmes themed Murder Mysteries should go down a real treat.

The venue is Belfast’s Grand Opera House (Baby Grand Studio). The dates are Friday 29 and Saturday 30 November, and then again on Friday 6 December and Saturday 7 December, all 2013. The price is £42.50 per person which includes a three-course meal and a drink upon arrival. Dress code is Victorian Spies. To book, go on the website  or use the theatre’s booking line at 02890241919. Details are also to be seen in the Autumn brochure, which you should be able to get a copy of at the Opera House, the Belfast Welcome Centre (Donegall Place) or perhaps  in some Belfast libraries.


Bargain Books

The Book People’s Autumn brochure (no.283) has several Sherlock Holmes offers which may appeal to some of you. Sherlock Holmes Baker Street Boys by Anthony Read, a set of 7 children’s books, is on special for a knock-down  price of £6.99 (RRP £34.93). The code is 1189-BKSB.  Website order here.

In a separate brochure (no.285, October) is How to Think like Sherlock Holmes (2012) by Daniel Smith, a snip at £3.99 (RRP £9.99). The code is 1194-HTKS. Website order here.

Alternatively, you can order over the phone  – 08456024040.


“I was thrilled with horror” 1

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, the first-ever screen adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula has the uncanny quality of a waking nightmare and still has the power to unsettle despite being almost 100 years old. It’s showing at QFT Belfast from Sunday 27 October – Wednesday 30 October 2013.

This gives us a further excuse to mention Florence Balcombe, the wife of Bram Stoker. The relevant Wikipedia page says she  is ‘chiefly remembered as being responsible for the destruction of most of the prints of the 1922 horror film Nosferatu, which was based without attribution or permission on Stoker’s novel Dracula.’ Wikipedia also says that Florence was born in Newcastle, County Down. Can anyone confirm her birth place from at least one other source?

These screenings are part of Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film – across the UK from October 2013 to February 2014.


“I was thrilled with horror” 2

Frankenstein.  This adaptation is being shown as part of the NT Live Encores Season at QFT Belfast, Thursday 31 October 2013 at 7pm. In this version Danny Boyle directs Benedict Cumberbatch (who hardly needs any  introduction from us) as the creature.

On Thursday 5 December, at same venue and same time, Danny Boyle directs Jonny Lee Miller (Sherlock Holmes in Elementary) as the creature.

These presentations are running at other venues across the UK from 31 October 2013. Check NT Live.


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News Bulletin 150

“I know it is good when I see it and I see it now”*


Poirot: The Final Problems

Just to show we are in no way prejudiced, especially when it comes to the celebrated creations of Mrs Agatha Christie, here’s a reminder that the very final Poirot Series starts on ITV this evening (Wednesday 23 October 2013) at 8pm.

For further details, read on.  Series 13, Episode 1 of 4: The Big Four.  ‘With the world on the brink of the Second World War, there is more political turmoil when it appears that the famous Peace Party is in fact a cover for the war-mongering organisation Big Four. This complex investigation reunites Poirot with his old friend Japp, as they investigate a case marked by deception, disappearances and death. With David Suchet, Philip Jackson, Hugh Fraser, Pauline Moran, and Patricia Hodge.’

To complete our Poirot coverage in this Bulletin, here’s what David Suchet has been telling the Mirror.

And just to show, we haven’t jumped ship, here are a couple of stories about the next Sherlock series. No sign of an air date, though. And as this is our 150th Bulletin, we can hardly let the dapper little Belgian detective have it all to himself, can we?


Troubled Waters?

Will Mary Morstan rock Sherlock’s and John’s boats? Martin Freeman has been talking about Sherlock Series 3 – see the Mirror article.


Down the Tube?

Mark Gatiss has told Radio that episode 1 of the new Sherlock series is explicitly about the London Underground.


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News Bulletin 149

“I was much astounded by this programme”*


It’s Elementary!

The waiting is over! Elementary is back on screen tonight (Tuesday 22 October) at 9pm. It’s repeated on Friday 25 October at 8pm.

Episode 1 – Step Nine, is a mystery involving a former mentor who lures Holmes back to London, where he is reunited with his estranged brother Mycroft.

For anyone who wants to know more or perhaps discover what they might be missing, Sky TV’s Elementary website is a useful resource as is the Deductionist fansite.


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News Bulletin 148

“Anything good?” he asked*


One to watch!

Roger Johnson, editor of The Sherlock Holmes Journal and The District Messenger, will be appearing on The Specsavers Crime Thriller Club (6/6) this evening (21 October) at 9pm on ITV3. Bradley Walsh hosts the series for fans of crime thrillers and whodunnits, and featuring famous faces from the fictional world of crime.



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News Bulletin 147

“Better pick up Mr. Melas on our way,” I suggested. “We may need an interpreter.”*

Crewmates are reminded that the next Sailing is this day week (Sunday 27 October). The online Sailing Schedule has further details of this and on all our other Sailings. The current issue of Mayday Mayday (no.125, September) also carries additional information which is not accessible on our website.

Those intending to be on board and who do not yet have a copy of The Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes (or its equivalent, the Doubleday) should take note that the online version of each Study Case, which uses this particular edition, is available to read on our website. You’ll find all the Cases for the current Season on the Sailing Schedule page.

If you have any queries, contact the Purser.




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News Bulletin 146

The Sign of Four

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman commissioned Sherlock series 4 themselves, says Steven Moffat.  The Radio Times online article is here.


News Bulletin 145

“I cannot agree with those who rank modesty among the virtues”*


Will Sherlock get your vote?

It doesn’t seem a year since the last National Television Awards (NTAs), which may, at least in part, have something  to do with the fact that the winners were only announced in January.

Benedict Cumberbatch (for Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock) is one of twenty six nominees in the TV Detective category. Whether Benedict really needs another award is a moot point (just think how much extra cleaning and polishing this gives poor Mrs Hudson) but is, of course entirely up to us, the viewers.

There are lots of other categories to have a peek at too, and you can skip any you don’t want to vote in. We do know that one of our members will be including two of his personal favourites, Neighbours and The Big Bang Theory in his selections. “Extraordinary, my dear Watson!”


Vote Here Now!



In the Name of Sherlock Holmes

Odeon Belfast Saturday 12 October



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News Bulletin 144

“Here we have our material!”*


How Sherlock Changed the World

UK Premiere Tonight!

What promises to be an important documentary will be broadcast this evening at 8.00pm (Tuesday 8 October 2013) on the National Geographic Channel. Contributors to the programme include leading members from the Sherlock Holmes Society of London: Catherine Cooke, Guy Marriott, Jean Upton and Roger Johnson (we’ve Roger to thank for tipping us off).

The National Geographic Channel is accessible in the UK via Sky (526HD, 543) and Virgin (230 /231 +1/232HD).  The programme is repeated at midnight.

This preview from Mike Watkins (6 October 2013) will give you some idea of what to expect.

“The National Geographic Channel this week takes a look at how the fictional world of Sherlock Holmes helped change the way real life crimes were solved.

In How Sherlock Changed the World forensic scientists, crime historians and Sherlockian experts reveal the surprising impact Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional character had on the development of real-life crime investigations and forensic science.

A crime fighter before his time, Holmes popularised techniques, instruments and a special method of reasoning that went on to solve many crimes.”

To read more, click here.





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