Sherlock – a timeline

Ah Sherlock…we have been so blessed by the incarnations of Sherlock Holmes and Dr John H. Watson including William Gillette, John Barrymore, Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, Sir John Geilgud, Carelton Hobbs, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Leonard Nimoy, Christopher Plummer, Vasily Lavanov, Charlton Heston, Jeremy Brett, Clive Merrison, Robert Downey Jr, Matt Frewer, Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch.


Here’s a reading time line for anyone who is a fan of Holmes…and of course Watson!

July 3, Saturday — “The Gloria Scott”

June 23, Thursday — “The Musgrave Ritual”
July 16, 1881, Saturday — Holmes meets Watson in Chapter One of A Study in Scarlet

April 1, Sunday — “The Speckled Band”

March 4, Tuesday — The investigation of A Study in Scarlet
March 29, Saturday — “The Yellow Face”

January 6, Tuesday — “The Red Circle”

February 26, Friday — “The Beryl Coronet”
October 2, Saturday — “The Resident Patient”

April 26, Tuesday — “The Reigate Squires”
July 19, Tuesday — “The Second Stain”
July 29, Friday — “The Naval Treaty”
August 30, Tuesday — “The Crooked Man”
September 16, Friday — “The Five Orange Pips”
October 6, Thursday — “The Noble Bachelor”

January 7, Saturday — The Valley of Fear
March 20, Tuesday — “A Scandal in Bohemia”
April 16, Monday — “A Case of Identity”
June 20, Wednesday — “The Greek Interpreter”
September 4, Tuesday — The Sign of the Four
October 25, Thursday — “Silver Blaze”

June 1, Saturday — “The Stock-broker’s Clerk”
June 8, Saturday — “The Boscombe Valley Mystery”
June 21, Friday — “The Man with the Twisted Lip”
June 30, Sunday — “The Engineer’s Thumb”
August 30, Friday — “The Cardboard Box”
October 1, Tuesday — The Hound of the Baskervilles
December 27, Friday — “The Blue Carbuncle”

March 18, Tuesday — “The Copper Beeches”
October 11, Saturday — “The Red-Headed League”

January 12, Monday — “Charles Augustus Milverton”
April 23, Friday — “The Final Problem”

March 24, Thursday — “Wisteria Lodge”

March 15, Wednesday — “Three Gables”

April 3, Tuesday — “The Empty House”
June 1, Friday — “The Mazarin Stone”
August 1, Wednesday — “The Norwood Builder”
November 23, Friday — “The Gold Pince-nez”

April 20, Saturday — “The Solitary Cyclist”
May 6, Monday — “The Three Students”
July 10, Wednesday — “Black Peter”
November 21, Thursday — “The Bruce-Partington Plans”

September 22, Tuesday — “The Veiled Lodger”

February 6, Saturday — “The Missing Three-Quarter”
February 15, Monday — “Abbey Grange”
March 16, Tuesday — “The Devil’s Foot”

July 25, Monday — “The Dancing Men”
August 20, Saturday — “The Retired Colourman”

October 4, Thursday — “Thor Bridge”

May 16, Thursday — “Priory School”
November 19, Tuesday — “The Sussex Vampire”

June 4, Wednesday — “The Six Napoleons”
June 19, Thursday — “The Three Garridebs”
July 26, Saturday — “The Disappearance of Lady Francis Carfax”
September 3, Wednesday — “The Illustrious Client”

January 21, Wednesday — “The Blanched Soldier”
May 26, Tuesday — “Shoscombe Old Place”
September 6, Sunday — “The Creeping Man”
November 8, Sunday — “The Dying Detective”

July 30, Tuesday — “The Lion’s Mane”

August 2, Sunday — “His Last Bow”


Sherlock Holmes

Untitled 1Sherlock Holmes, ace consulting detective and I have to say a bit of a hero of mine!

For those who have never heard of him, Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective created by Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Based in London our gallant socio-path or as he likes to be known “consulting detective” has abilities that are just fantastic. Holmes is famous for his astute logical reasoning, his ability to adopt almost any disguise, and his use of forensic science skills to solve difficult cases, pre-dates CSI by 110 years!!

Sherlock made his first appearance in publication in 1887, was featured in four novels and 56 short stories. The first novel, A Study in Scarlet, appeared in Beeton’s Christmas Annual in 1887 and the second, The Sign of the Four, in Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine in 1890. The character grew tremendously in popularity with the first series of short stories in The Strand Magazine, beginning with “A Scandal in Bohemia” in 1891; further series of short stories and two novels published in serial form appeared between then and 1927. The stories cover a period from around 1880 up to 1914…some great reading.

On the screen we also had Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce which were fun but didn’t really give a truthful representation of Holmes and Watson. However that was in the 40’s but the most faithful on screen was probably Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes in the Granada Series which ran in the 1980’s.

However I like the BBC’s Sherlock and season 3 is currently on…so watch!