Archive for March, 2015

News Bulletin 246

“I know what is good when I see it and I see it now”*

Sherlock Holmes for Belfast Film Festival

The 15th Belfast Film Festival programme (16-25 April 2015) will include a screening of Murder by Decree (1979), which Alex Kane once said was his favourite Sherlock Holmes film of all time.

It will be shown on Saturday 18 April 2015 at 8pm at Freemasons’ Hall, Arthur Square in Belfast city centre, preceded by an introduction by film historian Robert J. E. Simpson.

Book online or by phone – 02890246609, or in person at the Belfast Welcome Centre, 9 Donegall Square North, Belfast.

This is the second time in recent years that the Festival has done Sherlock Holmes proud. In 2013 they showed The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) at QFT Belfast.

Sherlock Holmes aside, the programme is another really eclectic mix; well worth taking a bit of time to browse through its 100 pages.

If you prefer a print programme, copies are readily available in outlets across the city such as selected NI libraries, Linen Hall library, train/bus stations (e.g. Europa and Belfast Central) and the aforementioned Belfast Welcome Centre. 

Don’t forget!

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in Belfast

Thursday 14 May 2015 at the Ulster Hall.



News Bulletin 245

“Literary Lunchtimes” at the Ulster Hall Belfast

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in Belfast: The 1925 Visit

Thursday 14 May 2015 at 1.00pm in the Ulster Hall Group Space

In May 1925 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle delivered two lectures on spiritualism to a packed Ulster Hall. It was a controversial visit, peppered with preachers, pickets and press censorship.

To mark the 90th anniversary, Alex Kane talks on “Sherlock Holmes and his Creator” while Oscar Ross will recount the visit in a talk entitled “Conan Doyle in Belfast.” Each talk will last approximately 20 minutes. A short Q&A will follow the second talk.

This is a free event but is subject to booking. Booking must be done in person at the Box Office in Bedford Street, Belfast, or by phone or post (but not online). Details can be found at the Ulster Hall website. If you want to secure your seat, our best advice is to book now.

We are also highlighting this event on our Home page.




News Bulletin 244

“I gazed with interest” (3)

As you will probably realise, ITV’s Arthur & George reached its conclusion last night (16th March). To watch again or catch-up, click here. In N. Ireland, click here. Both links will also allow you to watch the previous two episodes for a limited time. Episode 1 drew 5.52 million viewers, according to the official figures from BARB.




News Bulletin 243

“I gazed with interest” (2)

Arthur & George (Episode 2, ITV, 9 March)

Watch last night’s episode here. In Northern Ireland, watch here. You can also still catch episode 1  – use the links shown.




News Bulletin 242

“There is just one thing”

Mr. Holmes – In Cinemas This Summer.



News Bulletin 241

“I gazed with interest and some surprise”

Arthur & George. If you missed it last night (2 March), catch the first episode here. Episode 2 (of 3) is at 9.00pm on Monday 9 March on ITV.

In Northern Ireland, it’s on the UTV Player.


“Here is the first notice I can find”

Two, actually, and no doubt there are more out there, and more to come. If you haven’t seen Arthur & George yet, I’d suggest you ignore these reviews until after you’ve had a chance to do so.




“And now the matter has begun to straighten itself out wonderfully”

Since last Sunday night, and all thanks to our Webmaster Maurice AKA Spike, our website is getting back into shape. Actually, it’s not just quite as it was before it was hacked last December. There’s now a new Search facility and a readily accessible News Archive to browse.


News Bulletin 240

“People still ask if Benedict Cumberbatch is in Arthur & George. No, he isn’t!” {Martin Clunes talking to TV Times (Issue w/c 27 February)}.

Don’t forget! Arthur & George: Monday 2 March. ITV @ 9.00pm. Episode 1 of 3.

From today’s Telegraph (1 March), just one of many articles to whet your appetite for the new series. And here’s a bit more to be going on with, including that trailer.

Remembering Leonard Nimoy. A tribute from the I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere website.

Curiouser and curiouser….now a second novel turns up.

After all that, let’s get our heads showered. Here come the Sherlocks! Rock on!