Archive for December, 2016

News Bulletin 287

“……upon the second morning after Christmas”


Elementary, Series 5, episode 3 (of 24), New Year’s Eve, 9.00pm, Sky Living. This is a repeat of the episode first shown on the 27th; it will be preceded by a back-to-back screening of three episodes (nos. 14-16) from Series 3, starting at 6.00pm.


Sherlock, Series 4, episode 1 (of 3), ‘The Six Thatchers’, New Year’s Day, 8.30pm, BBC1. The series is being shown in the US on PBS, on the same dates as the UK transmissions.

You can read spoiler-free reviews of episode 1 here and here.


Elementary, Series 5, episode 4, Tuesday 3 January, 9.00pm, Sky Living.



Here’s one we overlooked in Bulletin 286: The Newly Discovered Case Book of Sherlock Holmes, episode 6, is tomorrow (Wednesday 28th) at 9.30am, 4.30pm (also 4.30am on 29th).


Sherlock Holmes: The Game’s Afoot, New Year’s Eve, 9.00am and 7.00. Stand by for 3 hours of undiluted joy in this Special programme, first broadcast in 2008 on BBC Radio7, in which Nick Utechin (who knows what he’s talking about!) looks at incarnations of the detective from the 1940s to more recent times. Included are  full episodes featuring Cedric Hardwicke and Finlay Currie, Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud, Carleton Hobbs and Norman Shelley, Clive Merrison and Michael Williams, also Clive Merrison and Andrew Sachs.


The Newly Discovered Case Book of Sherlock Holmes, episode 1 (of 6), Wednesday 4 January, 9.30am, 4.30pm (also 4.30am on 5th). As the stark reality of a cold bleak January starts to sink in, some Ho! Ho! Holmes starring the wonderful Roy Hudd  and June Whitfield could be just the tonic you need to help alleviate those post-Christmas blues. (Programme link available from Wednesday 28th)



Radio Times is giving away three free Sherlock Holmes books to its readers (but see below for Conditions*), starting with issue dated w/c 31 December 2016 (now on sale –the Sherlock cover gives you a clue). In exchange for the token provided, you can collect a free copy of The Adventure of the Six Napoleons and Other Stories (Penguin paperback) from a named retailer. The offer continues in the issue dated w/c 7 January 2017; you can collect a free copy of The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb and Other Stories with the second token. The giveaway finishes with issue dated 14 January; the final book is The Five Orange Pips and Other Stories.

*Re Conditions: A Post option is also provided; send £2 (and 1 token) for one book or £3 for all three (also include 3 tokens). The problem for customers in Northern Ireland is that none of RT’s partner stores trade here; it’s still good value for the money, though.



Episode 3 of Series 4 is being shown at 300+ cinemas across the UK & Ireland simultaneously with BBC1. The cinema screenings promise 15 minutes of additional content. For a list* of venues in UK & Ireland, click here. *This list is not fully comprehensive as it doesn’t include Movie House Cinemas at Dublin Road, Belfast and at Coleraine, Co. Londonderry. In the US, episode 3 will show in cinemas on 16 and 18 January.





News Bulletin 286

“You are engaged,” said I, “Perhaps I interrupt you.”*

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the season, as we hurtle at alarming speed towards the “Big Day”, thoughts of what’s on the goggle box over the “Festive Fortnight” may have crossed  your minds. Picking our way through the slush of the schedules, which is no mean feat in itself, the only sign of anything new (this is strictly Holmes talk, not some sort of general viewing guide!) is Elementary. The repeat of new season 5, episode 1 is tonight (18th) at 11.00pm on Sky Living. Episode 2 is this Tuesday (20th) at 9.00pm, repeated Christmas Eve at 9.00pm  and also Christmas Day at 11.00pm.  Talking of Christmas Eve, this is an Elementary feast day as Sky Living is repeating 8 episodes from season 3 in a back-to-back run starting at 1.00pm. Returning to season 5, episode 3 is on Tuesday 27th at 9.00pm.

The rest appear to be all repeats, mostly golden oldies (some of them a touch jaded, perhaps); for instance, on TCM there’s Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce in The Hound of the Baskervilles  and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (both Fox 1939), as well as a smattering of Universal offerings – Sherlock Holmes and the Spider Woman (1944) and Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942). The films in the line up are on between Tuesday 20th and Thursday 22nd, some more than once – we leave it to you to investigate.

A more recent production is Sherlock Holmes, the 2009 Warner blockbuster starring Robert Downey Jnr. and Jude Law; it’s on the Action/Adventure channel for the nth time, this Tuesday (20th) at 5.45pm.

For those of you who are restricted to Freeview, there is just one thing; The Sign of Four is a feature length episode from the Granada series – look out for the appearance of John Thaw as Jonathan Small. It is on ITV3 tomorrow (19th) at 11.00pm. An episode from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes series (also Granada) can be seen on ITV Encore (subscribers only) at 4.05pm on the 23rd.

As for radio, it’s all dead air as far as Holmes goes. For you audio fans, perhaps it’s time to make a long arm for those favourite cd’s (and cassettes?) once again (or go online – have a look at the free stuff on our TV & Radio links page).

Have we missed anything?

The Compliments of the Season to all the crew and to Holmesians and Sherlockians everywhere!

Blue Christmas (for those who enjoy a Christmas story without the slush)






News Bulletin 285

‘… it could hardly fail to end in such a situation’*

Sherlock: The Final Problem

At last we have a title for the third episode of the new BBC Sherlock series (this is No.4); it’s ‘The Final Problem’. Is this, finally, the end of the line for this hugely successful series? Or, is it another red herring?

The third episode will also be shown in selected cinemas across the UK/Ireland at the same time as the BBC1 screening (“I expect developments, Watson”).

Radio Times are doing another of their “Free” giveaways of Sherlock Holmes books (starting with issue w/c 31st Dec); T&Cs will apply. The issue will also carry full details of episode 1, ‘The Six Thatchers’, which is set to air on Sun 1 Jan 2017 on BBC1.

Elementary….it’s game on!

Fans of Elementary will be rejoicing in the news that new season 5 (which we all thought had been delayed until the New Year) will now launch this Tue (13th Dec) at 9.00pm on Sky Living (the repeat is on Sat 17th at 10.00pm). More good news: There will be no mid-season break during the entire 24 episode run.

Conan Doyle….the detail is in the retail

Those of you who like to see portrayals of Conan Doyle on screen, and who didn’t catch this one first time round, may wish to check out Mr Selfridge, episode 7/10 (series 1), which is being repeated on ITV3 this Tue (13th) at 10.00pm. Not to worry if you miss it though…you won’t have missed much.