Archive for November, 2014

News Bulletin 229

“Kindly whisper ‘Norbury’ in my ear”*

Here’s one we should have included earlier (but didn’t know anything about, honest!).

‘The Valley of Fear’

Book at Bedtime on BBC Radio4

Monday 17 November. 10.45-11.00pm. Lasts 15 minutes.

Episode 6 of 10, thereafter nightly at same time until Friday 21 November.

The reader is Sir Ian McKellen, star of Mr Holmes, due in cinemas next year.

‘The Valley of Fear’, the last of the four Sherlock Holmes novels, ranks among Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s best work. The mystery begins with a coded warning of imminent danger, drawing the illustrious Sherlock Holmes and the faithful Dr. Watson to a secluded English country home. A trail of bewildering clues leads to sleuthing in the finest Holmesian tradition and the gripping back story of a cult that terrorized a valley in the American West.

While the series is halfway through, there’s still time to catch-up on numbers 1-5, and you will also be able to listen again to all the ones coming up next week as they become available (all for a limited period). Click here!


*Yell 362

News Bulletin 228

“We have retained these things for some days”*


The final week of “Sherlock Saturdays” on BBC Radio4 Extra (Saturday 15 November) features a reading by Carleton Hobbs and an episode from a much loved BBC radio series. Catch-up on previous programmes here.

Chosen Companions

6am, repeated 4pm (also Sun 16th at 4am). Lasts 45 minutes.

This 4 Extra Debut features extracts from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories of Sherlock Holmes, chosen by Richard Usborne, and read by Carleton Hobbs. Originally broadcast in August 1970.

His Last Bow

6.45am, repeated 4.45pm (also Sun 16th at 4.45am). Lasts 45 minutes.

It’s 1914 and the sleuth-cum-apiarist is asked to help England in her darkest hour. Stars Clive Merrison and Michael Williams. This is episode 8 of 8.



Episode 2 in the third Elementary season will be on Sky Living this Tuesday (18th) at 9.00pm.



As many of you will already be aware, the Sherlock Holmes Exhibition at the Museum of London is now open. In case you’ve missed any of these short videos or want to watch again, here’s a quick snatch of the Opening Party from You Tube, and a chance to hear Sir Ian McKellan talking about the Exhibition. There’s also more from You Tube here and here.

If you want to read about the Exhibition, we’ve articles here, here and here.

Blogger Alistair Duncan has usually got something interesting to say and here’s what he’s written following his recent visit to the Exhibition.



Anthony Horowitz in conversation with Alex Kane in Belfast.

Tuesday 18 November at 7.00pm.

Tickets (£5 each) are available directly from the event organisers, No Alibis Bookstore, 83 Botanic Avenue, Belfast, BT7 1JL. You can also obtain tickets over the phone by calling 028 90319601 or by emailing,or from the No Alibis website using the Pay Pal button.



News Bulletin 227

“Perfect detective story served up by Horowitz”

Fresh from the pages of today’s News Letter, here’s Alex Kane’s review of Moriarty, the new novel by Anthony Horowitz.


Book launch reminder

Anthony Horowitz will be in Belfast on Thursday 18 November to launch his new Moriarty novel.

The best-selling author and screenwriter will be in conversation with columnist and commentator Alex Kane.

The event, at the Great Hall, Queen’s University, University Road, Belfast, BT7 1NN, begins at  7.00 and ends around 9.00pm

Horowitz will be signing books afterwards and copies of Moriarty will be discounted for ticket holders.

Tickets (£5 each) are available directly from the event organisers, No Alibis Bookstore (No Alibis is Northern Ireland’s only specialist crime bookstore), 83 Botanic Avenue, Belfast, BT7 1JL. You can also obtain tickets over the phone by calling 028 90319601 or by emailing,or from the No Alibis website using the Pay Pal button. If using Pay Pal, you’ll need to print out the receipt as this will serve as your ticket.



News Bulletin 226

“Have you seen yesterday’s Times, Watson?”*

The engagement of Mr Benedict Cumberbatch to Miss Sophie Hunter has been announced.

This also reminded us of a piece Alex Kane wrote about another Miss Hunter a few years ago.


Free….at last!

America’s highest court has ruled against the Conan Doyle Estate Ltd in a long running dispute over copyright. The way is now clear for a wave of new Sherlock spin-offs.



BBC Radio4 Extra’s “Sherlock Saturdays” continue, with three more programmes this coming Saturday (8th). Details are below.

The Solitary Cyclist

Who is the strange man following Violet Smith as she cycles to see her mother? The great detective investigates. From August 1964, this is its debut on 4 Extra. Carleton Hobbs stars as the Baker Street sleuth.

6.00am, repeated 4.00pm (also Sunday 9th at 4.00am). Lasts 30 minutes.


The Voice of Sherlock Holmes

First broadcast (Series 1, Episode 2 of 5, of ‘The Radio Detectives’) in July 2008, Professor Jeffrey Richards probes the varied incarnations of the great detective.

6.30am, repeated 4.30pm (also Sunday 9th at 4.30pm). Lasts 30 minutes.


The Six Napoleons

Who is shattering plaster busts of Napoleon?  Sherlock Holmes is soon on the trail of a murder. Read by Nigel Stock, this is a 4 Extra Debut.

7.00am, repeated 5.00pm (also Sunday 9th at 5.00am). Lasts 30 minutes.


Season catch-up and clips are here.



Book your Ticket and find out more here.