Archive for November, 2015

News Bulletin 273

‘Holmes chuckled and wriggled in his chair, as was his habit when in high spirits’*

It’s a dog day afternoon…… Whitehead

It takes Peter Blau (All the way from the USA) to tell me that the Wireless Mystery Theatre Company’s production of The Hound of the Baskervilles will be staged in Whitehead, Co. Antrim this coming Saturday, 28 November 2015. How come I didn’t know about this, nor, it appears, did any of you nearer home?

It’s all part of the Whitehead Victorian Street Fair, now in its 7th year. The Hound performance starts at 2.00pm in the Church of Ireland. As for the price of admission, I’m without a clue (Possibly a fiver would not be far off the mark but don’t hold me to that). Brief details are here and the story Peter picked up on (from the Carrick Times) is here.

Given its Victorian background and setting (for those of you who are not from these parts, it’s just up the road from Belfast, nestling on the corner of a bay near the mouth of Belfast Lough), it occurred to me that the little seaside village of Whitehead should make a pitch for the New Brighton scene in Card, should anyone be contemplating a new production. They’ve got at least two rowing boats, it’s unlikely that fog would need to be imported in this part of the world (Surely I don’t need to explain?) and they’ve even got a Victorian train station (Whitehead is home to the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland, who are laying on steam rides on the day).


Elementary, it’s the new season

Episode 2 of Elementary season 4 is scheduled for Thursday 26 November; it’s on Sky Living at 9.00pm (Repeated following morning at 1.50am). This is a 22 episode series, two less shows than the previous ones (Would anyone care to explain this to me?).

If you’re still doing catch-up, Sky Living has almost finished another run through of Elementary season 1 (Mon/Tue/Wed and Fri).

You can still catch the season 4 trailer here (on Bulletin 272) and the show’s home page is here.


Tunnel vision

Episode 1/6 of a new documentary series – Britain’s Biggest Bank Jobs, airs on Channel 5 this Monday (That’s tomorrow, the 23rd) at 10.00pm. The opening episode focuses on the audacious 1971 bank heist in Baker Street. Apparently, robbers sprayed the legend: “Let Sherlock Holmes solve this!” on the walls of the vault of the Lloyd’s Bank branch. I must have missed that (or did I?) in the fictionalised account, the 2008 crime film The Bank Job. Apart from the street location, obviously, the other link to SH is the method which the robbers used to do their dirty deeds. Where the villains inspired by the plot of RedH? Did they have feet of clay? (Enough, enough! Ed.)


Next up

We’ll be setting sail again this day week (Sunday 29 November) on our latest adventure. Brief details are here. The film programme has been changed from the one scheduled in Mayday Mayday (No.136). You can rest assured that what’s now in place sounds more than good to me (Boom Boom).



News Bulletin 272

“There is just one thing”

Elementary better than Sherlock

Get ready for Season 4 – Episode 1 is on Sky Living on 19 November. The Season started in the US on 5 November, on CBS.



News Bulletin 271

“Pray let me have the details,” I cried.*

Sherlock in cinemas

As you will know by now (you have been warned!), ‘The Abominable Bride,’ the Sherlock Special episode, will air on BBC One on New Year’s Day 2016. For the first time, for a Sherlock episode, it will also be shown simultaneously, in cinemas across the UK/Ireland. The list of over 100 cinemas (including website links) can be accessed on our Home page, also the three trailers (including the latest extended version). For local crew, we’ve also provided a link to Odeon Belfast, the only Sherlock venue in NI. Best advice for those who want to see it in cinemas is not to delay. These shows will include extra content (not on TV).

It’s an Elementary date!

Joe Marino (Elementary and Man. City fan!) says that Season 4 of Elementary will air in the UK on 19 November – it’s on Sky Living at 9.00pm. In the meantime, SL is repeating (again) Season 1 (Mon./Tues./Wed./Fri.). Joe is not the only crewmate who loves Elementary; Maria McCann and Paul Murphy have been known to wax lyrical about it, and its many attractions are not entirely lost on yours truly either.

A Novel event

Our crewmate Geri Schear’s second novel, Sherlock Holmes and The Other Woman (MX, Paperback, 328 pages, £10.99) was released on November 4th. Her first Holmes novel was A Biased Judgement. Geri tells me that she’ll be launching the book at The Gutter Bookshop in Temple Bar, Dublin on November 11th at 6:30pm. She’ll also giving some readings from the book in the Kells, County Meath Library on November 19th at 7pm.

“A bargain everyone”

Our eagle-eyed webmaster, Maurice ‘Spike’ Milligan, has spotted a new guide book, The Sherlock Holmes Book, edited by experts David Stuart Davies and Barry Forshaw, at Sainsbury’s Holywood Exchange for the knock-down price of £6.99 (DK, Hardcover, 352 pages, 1 Oct 2015, £16.99). The price, as I write this, is £12.99 but has it for less, £10.68. Presumably it’s on sale in other Sainsbury’s stores.

Not forgetting………

Anthony Horowitz’s Moriarty, is in paperback format for the first time (Orion, 5 Nov.). Read Alex’s Kane’s review, which he wrote when the novel was first published (Hardback, Oct., 2014).

Robert Ryan’s A Study in Murder, his third Watson novel, is  also just out (Simon & Schuster, Hardback, 8 Nov.).