News Bulletin 191: TV & Radio Guide

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“Sherlock Sunday”

This Sunday, there’s the final episode of Sherlock Season 3 at 8.30pm, then a brand new documentary on the many incarnations of our hero at 10pm.

Earlier in the evening, Countryfile has got in on the action too, with a feature about one of Conan Doyle’s homes. It’s all a remarkable coincidence, of course.

Just remember, when Sherlock ends at 10pm, to switch over immediately and catch the new documentary on BBC Four. All the details including links are in the Guide which follows.

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The final Token (no.3) is in the new Radio Times (11-17 January), now on sale. The issue includes a lot of Sherlock content, also details of how to vote in the NTAs.


Viewing & Listening Guide

for 11-17 January 2014

Saturday 11

A Very British Murder.  Repeat of Episode 2 (of 3) at 8pm on BBC Four. Lucy Worsley explores how real-life crime, science and the emerging art of detection had an influence on the popular culture of homicide during the Victorian Age.

Morecambe and Wise – the Curtains at 8.30pm on BBC Two. This repeat compilation, introduced by Penelope Keith, includes part of a Peter Cushing sketch, with Eric dressing up as Sherlock Holmes. It’s about 10 minutes into the show.

For Poirot fans, there’s a “Weekend Special” on ITV3, starting at 4.50pm and continuing the following day.  The line-up includes the final four Poirot dramas, all shown recently on ITV, and the excellent, also recent, Being Poirot documentary.


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Countryfile at 6pm on BBC One, with John Craven, explores the countryside beloved by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The programme, it’s not just all about SH/ACD, includes a peek into his former home where he wrote The Hound of the Baskervilles. 

Sherlock, Episode 3, ‘His Last Vow’ at 8.30pm on BBC One.

This, the Season 3 finale, is also repeated on Friday at 9pm on BBC Three.

Timeshift: How to be Sherlock Holmes – the many faces of a Master Detective at 10pm on BBC Four.

In charting the evolution of Sherlock on screen, from early silent movies to the latest film and television versions, Timeshift shows how our notion of Holmes today is as much a creation of these various screen portrayals as of the stories themselves. Contributors include Christopher Lee. Advisors to the programme include Roger Johnson, Editor of The Sherlock Holmes Journal.  It’s repeated on Wednesday 15th at 8pm, also on BBC Four.

Sherlock Holmes: a Game of Shadows (2011) at  12.35 and 10.30pm on Sky Action/Adventure.

Poirot repeats (see Saturday 11th).


Monday 13

Father Brown at 2.15pm on BBC One. This is new Series 2, which continues daily until Friday 17th.


Tuesday 14

Sherlock at 9pm on Alibi. This is an Episode 2 repeat from Series 1. It’s also repeated again, on Wednesday 15th at 7pm.

The Return of Sherlock Holmes on BBC Radio 4 Extra. ‘Charles Augustus Milverton’ concludes this welcome repeat run. For more details of this and other programmes of possible interest (including times) on the station, click on the Radio4 Extra Guide. (also see Thursday 16th)  

Wednesday 15

Sherlock at 9pm on RTE2. Another chance to see Episode 2 from Season 2.

Timeshift  (see Sunday 12th) and Sherlock  repeats (see Tuesday 14th).


Thursday 16

Gideon of Scotland Yard at 2.35pm on Film4. An opportunity to catch this 1958 classic.

Brooklyn Ninety-Nine at 9pm on E4. New comedy series (1/22) about the New York police. (repeated at 11.05pm on Channel4 tomorrow)

Elementary at 10.30pm on RTE2. The Season 1 run continues with Episode 2. This is a first on terrestrial TV in these islands.

The Four O’Clock Show at 4pm on BBC Radio 4Extra explores the secrets of super sleuth Sherlock Holmes. It’s just one item in a programme which also includes the fourth part of current story ‘Emil and the Detectives,’ by Erich Kastner.


Friday 17

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes at 11.45am on ITV3.

Sherlock, Series 3, Episode 3 repeat (see Sun 12th).

Sherlock Holmes: a Game of Shadows (2011) at 10.30pm on Sky Showcase. Yet another chance to see the second of the Warner Bros blockbusters.


TV & Radio Guide 4-10 January

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