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).