Archive for March, 2014

News Bulletin 206

“I was compelled to leave you without much news”*

Things have been extra busy at the Shipping office recently, what with preparing for Reel Back 1 last Sunday (acknowledged as a considerable success) and much else besides, details of which we needn’t trouble you with  here. The consequence of all this is that Bulletins have had to be left to one side, indeed it’s been almost two weeks since our last one.

Victorian detective whose bag of tricks inspired Sherlock Holmes

Yes, it’s another author trying to sell a book and guess who is going to help them shift more copy? “Give us a break,” says Alistair Duncan, who is not in the least impressed.

“An actor and a rare one”  

There’s was another side to the great Peter Cushing, one of the great portrayers of Sherlock Holmes.

“An actor and a rare one” – Two  

Possibly the greatest Holmes portrayer of them all, this is Jeremy Brett with some of the ladies from the Granada Sherlock Holmes series

It’s Murder at the Opera House

Peter Blau (USA) tells us that the Grand Opera House, Belfast is running three more Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery Nights, from Thursday 31 July to Saturday 2 August 2014. The printed programme is not yet available but that won’t stop you getting details (including how to book) from the theatre’s website.  

Apollo theatre collapse due to ‘old’ materials

Light has now been shed on why the ceiling came on the audience during a performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time last December.

Cumberbatch to play Hamlet

Just look what he’s getting into next. Can anyone turn up the Shakespearean references in the Canon for us?

Marking 75 years of a classic film

It’s The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939), the first of fourteen on screen exploits starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. Is this the best of the bunch?

Radio Times

The  4 O’Clock Show. BBC Radio4 Extra, Thursday 3 April at 4pm.

Mel Giedroyc explores the secrets of super sleuth Sherlock Holmes, and there’s the fourth part of current story Emil and the Detectives, by Erich Kastner. Originally broadcast on 16 January 2014.

Free book download

Falconiere Publishing, which describes itself as a boutique paperback & e-mail publisher known for its well-crafted mystery, adventure and investigative works, is offering a free download of  THE THIRD SAMUARI  (“a new adventure of the world’s first consulting detective, Mr. Sherlock Holmes”). It’ll be available on until Monday 3/31/14. On this side of the pond, best try


Six of the Best

What did Watson do twice as many times as Holmes?

Tunnel Vision

Making a splash

China to shut Sherlock out?

We always love a good violin story

Ghost sightings on London Tube


 Plus a little extra

 Sherlock Holmes A-Z


Weekly Links Compendium March 1-14


Don’t forget!

In UK and Ireland, clocks spring forward by one hour at 01:00 on 30 March. Time & Date.


Belfast Film Festival (27 March – 5 April 2014)







News Bulletin 205

“It sounds plausible”*

Reel Back Part 1

The final touches are now being put to our Reel Back excursions, the first of which will unfold this day week (Sunday 23 March). Reel Back will explore many of the Sherlock Holmes films and the cinemas they first appeared in here in Belfast. Booking for this Sailing closes on Tuesday 18 March.

All of which links in nicely with the Top 10 Sherlock Holmes films of all time (Part 1).


Sherlock v Elementary

Has there been a shift in judgement? Alistair Duncan asks some pertinent questions and supplies some answers. What do YOU think?


Six of the Best

Are Sherlock Holmes and Sheldon Cooper the same person?  

Coming soon: The Benedict Cumberbatch colouring book

Seven characters who were saved by fans

If Cumberbatch dies, Sherlock dies, says Gatiss

I’ve got to take Moriarty to extremes, says Andrew Scott

Young and old love Sherlock on French TV


Weekly Sherlock Links Compendium February 15-28


*Nava 458







News Bulletin 204

‘Sherlock  Holmes and I read these notices over together at breakfast, and they appeared to afford him considerable amusement.’*


The waiting game

It’s truly dreadful news for fans of the programme. Sherlock won’t be returning to our screens until 2016. But for anyone who thinks Sherlock is “a truly dreadful programme,” it’s probably a cause for some celebration, indeed Alex Kane will no doubt be pouring himself an extra glass of Pimm’s (other drink brands are available) as he reads this.  Mind you, if they cancelled the series altogether, which they won’t, he’d be ordering an extra case or two of his favourite tipple.


The case of the accidental superstar

No prizes for guessing that it’s you know who.


Thoughts for the day

Did Sherlock Holmes believe in God?

Squatters move into church founded by Conan Doyle.


Six of the Best

The Great War : Bringing literary giants to life

It’s Elementary for the Baker Street Babes {Spoilers!}

The ideal Holmes?

The excitement is building

Diogenes Club rules

Sir, the sign says no smoking


Jeremy Brett – Sharp Dressed Man

The quality may not be the sharpest, in fact it’s pretty iffy at best, yet this tailor made mini-video is still a treat to watch. And the music rocks too  – it’s by ZZ Top (awesome!).


I hear of Sherlock everywhere on Flipboard

Some of the content is also included elsewhere in this Bulletin. 


Next Sailing Sunday 23 March


*Stud 42




News Bulletin 203

“It is a curious collection”*

Battling Super Sleuths: The Awkward Case of Elementary, Sherlock, and Building the Better Adaptation. Nothing better to start an argument between people like us than to raise the subject of Sherlock or Elementary, or, better still, both together. Purists may prefer to avoid this one.

Alistair Duncan’s blogs are always interesting, frequently thought provoking. His latest one is asking if the Victorian Holmes has been done to death.

What would a Sherlock Holmes theme park look like? Are we being taken for a ride?

221B in Shanghai. They don’t even have to import the fog.

Toys for big boys (and girls). The game is afoot, i.e. 12 inches tall.

Best Sherlock birthday cake ever? Can anyone top this one?

Elementary (Season 2) continues every Tuesday on Sky Living, repeated on Saturday (not Friday as heretofore).

Relax and watch this Jeremy Brett Tribute here. It only takes about four minutes.



*Musg 387