News Bulletin 186: TV & Radio Guide

“I will do my best”*

A Viewing & Listening Guide

for 4-10 January 2014



Saturday 4

Elementary at 7pm on Sky Living. Season 1, Episodes 21 & 22.


Sunday 5

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes at 9.55am on ITV3.

Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) at 4.15pm on Sky Family.

Elementary at 7pm on Sky Living. Season 1, Episodes 23 & 24.

Celebrity Mastermind at 7pm on BBC One. Contestants include author Mark Billingham. Subjects include Sherlock.

NEW! Sherlock at 8.30pm on BBC One.

Series 3, Episode 2: ‘The Sign of Three’.

Also: Agatha Christie’s Poirot: ‘The ABC Murders’ – at 6.40pm on ITV3. Included here only because this happens to be Oscar’s favourite Poirot episode. Note: The end of this episode clashes with the start of Sherlock!


Monday 6

Birthday Celebration tonight, so no TV for some of us!

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes at 8.10am on ITV3.

Elementary at 10pm on Sky Living. Another go at Episode 24 wraps up this repeat run of Season 1.

Murdoch Mysteries at 11pm on Alibi. Season 1, Episode 4 – ‘Elementary, My Dear Murdoch’ – was the first Murdoch episode to feature a SH and/or ACD theme. Since then there have been three similarly themed episodes, Episode 9 (also Season 1) – ‘Belly Speaker’ – being the first of these. 

Nothing more happened until Season 6, Episode 4 – ‘A Study in Sherlock’ – which a number of us will have already seen.  The latest SH/ACD one, from new Season 7, is still to air in the UK. Funnily enough, this new one is also an episode 4, which can’t be a co-incidence, can it?

Murdoch Mysteries Episode Guide

Also: New! Father Brown at 2.15pm on BBC One.  Series 2, Episode 1 (daily from Monday to Friday for two weeks). G. K. Chesterton’s sleuth returns for another series, again in a daytime slot.

New! Star Trek into Darkness (2013) at 8pm on Sky Premiere. In another life, Benedict Cumberbatch plays a rogue Starfleet officer.

New! Great British Railway Journeys. This is Series 5, Episode 1: ‘Manchester to Birkenhead’ (continues daily Mon.-Fri.). It may bring back some nice memories for those of us who were at the London Society’s Liverpool Weekend (‘Lend me your ears’), back in 2003. (now daily from Monday to Friday)


Tuesday 7

Sherlock, Series 1, Episode 1 at 9pm on Alibi. Yet another repeat run commences.

No sign of Elementary returning to Sky Living yet . The next episode will be number 10.

Also: Family Guy at 9pm on Fox. Series 9. No obvious SH connections but perhaps there might be when Peter and Brian become detectives.


Wednesday 8

Sherlock at 7pm on Alibi. Having spent the money buying  series 1, Alibi is certainly milking it! This is episode 1, again.

Sherlock at 9pm on RTE2. It’s another chance to see the second series, starting with episode 1, ‘A Scandal in Belgravia’.  

Also: New! Midsomer Murders at 8pm on ITV. Episode 2: ‘Let us Prey’.  Can there be anyone still alive in Midsomer?  Apparently so.


Thursday 9

Elementary at 10.30pm on RTE2. Another repeat run of Season 1, starting with Episode 1. Of more significance, this is the first screening of Elementary on terrestrial TV in these islands (it’s been a Sky Living exclusive up to now). What with Sherlock Holmes: a Game of Shadows last weekend, and Sherlock yesterday, RTE is really getting into SH, isn’t it? All in all, it’s great news for viewers on this side of the Irish Sea.


Friday 10

New! Sherlock at 9pm on BBC Three. Series 3, Episode 2 (repeat of last Sunday’s episode).



Monday  6

Lord Peter Wimsey : ‘Have his carcase’ at 8pm on BBC Radio 4Extra (daily Monday to Friday).


Tuesday  7

The Return of Sherlock Holmes at 11.15am, 9.15pm (also 4.15am next morning) on BBC Radio 4Extra. The celebrated series, starring Clive Merrison and Michael Williams continues each day until Friday (same time slots). Stories this week include Danc and Soli.


Friday 10

Dixon of Dock Green at 8.30am, 1.30pm (also 1.30am next morning) on BBC Radio 4Extra. The old familiar call of “Evening all!” will bring back memories for one or two of us (only one or two?) with this adaptation of Ted Willis’s TV series, starring David Calder and David Tennant. This is episode 1 of 6.


A Parting Note from the Website Editor

Well, it’s not exactly ‘Seeing and Observing,’ is it? If you want Alex’s much lamented weekly series back, suggest you make contact and tell him how much you miss it, then see where that gets you.




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