News Bulletin 155

“Let us judge the situation by this new information”

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Due to technical difficulties with the website last Wednesday the original Bulletin 155 had to be shelved (members received the info via email instead).   We’re pleased to report that matters are now in hand, thanks to our redoubtable webmaster Maurice aka Spike.


Two Pipe Problems

‘I get by with a little help from my friends’. Series 6 Episode 1/2. Monday 18 November 2013.  BBC Radio4, 2.15pm.

‘Following the sad death of Richard Briers earlier this year, in the first of these two final episodes of Two Pipe Problems, Stanley Baxter as Sandy is joined by Geoffrey Palmer as his friend and fellow sleuth William Parnes. A new chef is in the kitchen at The Old Beeches and he’s cooking up a storm and delighting the residents, with Sandy as his willing and enthusiastic sous-chef. But things begin to go badly wrong after a visiting concert party sing a Beatles song which triggers unhappy memories for Albie the Chef (played by the late Felix Dexter).’

‘The House on the Marsh’ Tuesday 19 November 2013. Episode 2/2. BBC Radio 4, 2.15pm.

‘In this final Two Pipe Problem, William and Sandy travel to a windswept wintry Suffolk in search of William’s inheritance, where they are haunted by ghosts from the past and threats from the present, and William makes a life changing decision about his future.’


The Radio Detectives

Series 1, Episode 2 of 5: ‘The Voice of Sherlock Holmes.’ Wednesday 20 November on BBC Radio4 Extra at 6.30am, 1.30pm and 8.30pm.

‘Armed with pipe, hansom cab and violin, Professor Jeffrey Richards probes the varied incarnations of the Baker Street sleuth.’ This is a welcome repeat of a documentary first broadcast on 18 July 2008.


BBC Sherlock Update

The series 3 premiere screening at the BFI in London has already sold out. The Q&A on-stage interview with the cast, which could include Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Amanda Abbington and Mark Gatiss, will be made available online, on the BFI Player. There’s a related article here.

For those who want a first glimpse of episode 1 of the new series, here’s the first official image of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Joe Marino tells us that Andrew Scott has been talking to The Independent about his role as Moriarty in Sherlock.



Episode 5 is ‘Ancient History,’ scheduled for Tuesday 19 November at 9pm on Sky Living. The repeat is due on Friday 22 November at 8pm.

‘What Holmes lacks in brawn, he makes up for in brains during a run-in with the mafia, and Watson uses her detective skills to play matchmaker.’


Anthony Horowitz, Ian McKellen and Jude Law

All well-known actors, of course, and all the subjects of three separate articles which appear in the current Mayday Mayday (no.126/November). The online source articles can be seen here, here and here.


“The time has come. You will now be present at the last scene of a remarkable little drama”* 


Agatha Christie’s Poirot

Series 13, Episode 4: Curtain: Poirot’s Final Case. First shown on Wednesday 13 November, ITV, 8:00pm.

Catch-up with this episode on the ITV Player.

You’ll also be able to access all the episodes in the series for a limited period. [Alternatively, if you are here in Northern Ireland you can also use the UTV Player]

‘Last ever episode of the detective drama. Now confined to a wheelchair, Poirot calls on his old friend Captain Hastings for assistance as they return to Styles, the country house that was the scene of their first murder investigation. The great detective’s brain remains as sharp as ever, and he tells his friend that Styles is again harbouring a killer and it is simply a matter of time before the axe falls once more. As guests begin to fall victim to mysterious attacks, Poirot must summon the last of his strength and push his ‘little grey cells’ to the very limit. With David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Helen Baxendale, Anne Reid, and John Standing.’


Being Poirot

A Tie-in documentary first shown on Wednesday 13 November, ITV, 10.35pm. Catch-up on the ITV Player [Alternatively, here in NI you can also use the UTV Player]

‘After 25 years of playing one of television’s greatest icons, David Suchet attempts to unravel the mysterious appeal of the great detective Hercule Poirot.’


Also of possible interest

‘Dracula at the Belfast Harbour Commissioners Office.’ Tuesday 19 November at 8pm.  ‘The Haunted Screen’ is a Belfast Film Festival presentation. It’s being shown as part of Gothic – ‘The dark heart of film’ – across the UK.   

C.S. Lewis Festival Belfast (18-23 November 2013)

Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival Belfast (18-28 November 2013) 12+ year olds


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