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: The Abominable Bride

The Abominable Bride eh…!

So Sherlock and Dr Watson are in both the Victorian era and modern era.

For me it was great to see the boys in their natural setting of Victorian London…it was beautifully shot, the story line had warmth and humour along with referencing some classic story’s like ‘The Five Orange Pips’ or ‘The Final Problem’ that sees Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls fighting for their lives.


Holmes is of course in his ‘Mind Palace’ trying to figure out how Moriarty is both dead and yet seemingly alive. It made perfect sense to me and I thoroughly enjoyed it but some of the comments I have seen seem defy belief…for instance:

‘Why was Sherlock time travelling?’

‘It was rubbish…I didn’t understand it’

‘It was self indulgent rubbish’

and many more. Clearly this was a little taxing for people who didn’t really know Sherlock through his TV series or through any of Conan-Doyle’s written works which I found kind of disappointing.

Sherlock is about Sherlock, all the episodes have subtext, admittedly this one more than most but maybe people could pick up a book and read about the character, learn a few things…maybe start to tax our brains a little.




Sherlock Holmes Christmas Special

9d5c71ac-183d-46a1-bf70-5c4a3c3cdd30-620x372I know we are not really anywhere Christmas but things have to be put in place to allow for a rather pleasant festive celebration. For instance we need to start off with a trip to our local church (which is a beautiful Victorian building) along with Christmas Dinner as traditional as possible, gifts to exchange, games to play, a variety of drink both alcoholic and non, finger food exquisitely prepared by my good hand and well behaved children.

All in all a very Victorian celebration…however televisual feasts should not be out of the question either and of course the ‘Christmas Special’. We’ve had many over the years from ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ to ‘Only Fools and Horses’ but this year we have ‘Sherlock’ and it looks to be a cracker!

Here is a trailer:

Sherlock…new…old…new….we love it!

Arch detective Sherlock Holmes has come in many guises and whilst my favourite who is the nearest to Conan-Doyle vision is Jeremy Brett, I can’t help but love Benedict Cumberbatch and the ever awesome Martin  Freeman.

25481E8F00000578-0-image-a-67_1422918449027And now we have our two heroes in Victorian clothing without a clue to the idea of a plot…they were caught on set in Bristol, surrounded by extra and the filming is for the Christmas 2015 edition.

That’s a long wait indeed!!


Loved this image of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, a pastiche of the Jeremy Brett era of Holmes and of course the Victorian era in which Holmes was set.
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Sherlock is great although I am not too keen on Moriarty, just doesn’t seem to have the presence he should have. However, a great series and should run for a good long time.

Dynamic detective duo Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson return. The BBC released the first image from its upcoming “Sherlock” special, and the lads look downright Victorian.

The image, tweeted with the hashtags #221back #Sherlock #notkidding, treats fans to an unusual reveal of the detectives that makes us wonder if a time warp will be in effect when filming for season 4 starts in January.

Wearing vintage clothing including a top hat for Sherlock and a bowler for Watson, the pair’s look harkens back to the earlier “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” TV adaptation made by Granada Television from 1984 to 1994, starring Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes, and David Burke and later Edward Hardwicke as Watson. Coincidentally, Brett was a family friend of Cumberbatch’s parents.

“Sherlock” producer Sue Vertue also tweeted a photo of the cover page for the read-through draft of the script entitled “Sherlock Special” written by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat.

“This is what we’ve been doing today! Later on a pic of Sherlock and John as they’ll appear in the Special #221back,” Vertue tweeted.

Fans have been anxiously awaiting any news of the upcoming special since it was first announced in July. The popular series will return with a special and three new episodes for season 4. Shooting is set to begin in January.

“Of course, it’s far too early to say what’s coming, but we’re reasonably confident that the very next thing to happen to Sherlock and John is the very last thing you’d expect,” co-creator, writer, and executive producer Moffat said in a press release.

Season 4 will take Sherlock and Watson into “deeper and darker water than ever before… The Game is on — again!” co-creator, writer and executive producer Mark Gatiss said in the release.

From Cnet

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!

Sherlock and London at the Museum of London

Jeremy-Brett-as-Sherlock-Holmes-sherlock-holmes-14711347-1161-1649A new exhibition is to open at the Museum of London in 2014, interestingly it looks at the  relationship between Sherlock Holmes and London.

London has always been a source of fascination for myself and the greatest consulting detective. Indeed in the ‘The Red-Headed League’ Holmes remarks to Watson, ”It is a hobby of mine to have an exact knowledge of London.”

The Director of the Museum of London Sharon Ament said: “We all think we know Sherlock Holmes, but do we really? “The lens through which the Museum of London will examine the inimitable detective will reveal more about London than you might guess, but then you’d expect nothing less.”

The museum says it will “look beyond the familiar deerstalker, pipe and cape” in search of the “real, complex and multi-faceted” Sherlock Holmes and will “mirror the way he used his own remarkable observational powers and analytical mind to reveal the truth”.

Sound interesting…the game is afoot in 2014