Archive for September, 2015

News Bulletin 266

“Full speed ahead, engineer”*

Back on board

Our adventures resume on Sunday 27 September. Details are in Mayday Mayday (No.135), which all members would have received a copy of recently, and, hopefully, will have read by now. If you have mislaid your copy, get in touch and a duplicate will be forwarded by return.

Brief details of this sailing and the schedule for the rest of the year are available here.

Members do not have to signal their intentions to be on board – just turn up, or not. However, if it’s your first time at a RSS, please let the Purser know in advance of the day itself (This also applies if you require additional directions to the location).


ACD in parts

There’s a new Part Work out – The Complete Conan Doyle Collection. Part 1 costs £1.99, for which you get a book (the first one is The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes) and a magazine. Details of the Collection are here or, if you prefer, there’s also a short video

Part 2 (£4.99) is The Hound of the Baskervilles. The normal price is £7.99 – available in store at Easons, WH Smith and other outlets.  


Curious on tour

Based on Mark Haddon’s award-winning novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (still playing in London’s West End) is on a UK/Ireland tour until November. This will include a week at Belfast’s Grand Opera House from 13-17 October. Watch the official trailer here.


Cinemagic Holmes

In case you didn’t see Bulletin 265,  this is to let local crew know that Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) is showing at QFT Belfast on Sun 11 Oct at 4.00pm, as part of Cinemagic: International Film & Television Festival for Young People. The  screening is open to the general public and is not age restricted. Book here or at QFT.


“I’ve started so I’ll finish”

Episode 6 of Mastermind (BBC Two, 11 September) included a contestant answering questions on Sherlock Holmes. How did he do? If you missed it or want to watch again, click here.






News Bulletin 265

“There is just one thing”

Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) is showing at QFT Belfast on Sun 11 Oct at 4.00pm, as part of Cinemagic: International Film & Television Festival for Young People. The  screening is open to the general public and is not age restricted. Book here (or at QFT).





News Bulletin 264

He broke the seal and glanced over the contents. “Oh, come, it may prove to be something of interest, after all.”* 

Mastermind does Sherlock Holmes

Thanks to Alex Kane, who has been doing more than merely glancing over his copy of the latest Radio Times, we learn that Sherlock Holmes is one of the specialist subjects on Mastermind (BBC Two, Friday 11 Sept 2015 @ 8pm – times vary in some regions). We can hardly wait!


Lucky for some

The newly rediscovered and restored 1916 film Sherlock Holmes, starring William Gillette, will be screened at BFI Southbank on 18 October 2015, the final day of this year’s BFI London Festival. Details including how to book can be found on this link, and all thanks to The Sherlock Holmes Society of London for providing it.

If you have the time, or can make some, to give this website the attention it fully deserves, you’ll probably find it’s time well spent. Not so long ago the site underwent a major makeover and is a credit to its redoubtable webmaster Jonny Hough. By the way, a multi-region DVD of the film will be available shortly but so far we’ve only got wind of its US release.


Arthur & George in America

Arthur & George, which many of us watched on ITV earlier in the year (did you enjoy it or nod off?), has just aired on TV in the US. We’ve shared lots of reviews about this, both online and in our newsletter but here are a couple of new ones from the other side of the pond, from The Hollywood Reporter and The Wall Street Journal.


From the “You couldn’t make it up department”

Actually, you could, and some people do. The story is here.


“Nothing could be better” No.1: Scuttlebutt

One of my two favourite SH newsletters is Peter Blau’s Scuttlebutt. It really is essential reading for the dedicated enthusiast and I, like many others, always look out for it at the start of each new month. Even better, it’s easily accessible and it’s free. You can read the August issue here. If this helps to whet your appetite, the Scuttlebutt archive, other recent issues plus a little bit about its history can be found here. What’s my other favourite?


Can’t get enough?

Newsletters aside, for those of you who want to keep up to speed with the very latest SH news and trivia, you could hardly do better than to visit Scoop It! Sherlock Holmes, Scoop It! Doylean or I Hear Of Sherlock Everywhere. The links to these websites and to Scuttlebutt can always be found here.


Game for a laugh?

I’ve started so I’ll finish: Here’s something to tickle the old funny bone – The Goodness Gracious Me Reunion Special. It was first broadcast on BBC Two on 26 May 2014 and repeated recently during the BBC’s India season. The Sherlock sequence is at the very start of this 30 minute show. If this doesn’t produce a chuckle or two, you might be best to consult one or better still both of the Crane brothers (Frasier fans will get this).