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Sherlock Holmes Coming To Broadway

Broadway producer Antonio R. Marion has announced that a new Sherlock Holmes play will be coming to Broadway in 2017.  Marion’s last foray on Broadway was to bring Evita starring Ricky Martin back to Broadway in 2012. The two British writers who will produce a next script are Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel.  Citing press notes Playbill said that the play will be… “Staged as a mystery within a mystery, the case presented to Holmes forces him to confront his murky past,” press notes state. “But is the unraveling of his childhood just a dangerous diversion? Sherlock Holmes is an Read More

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Mark Gatiss To Be At Mumbai Comic Con

Mark Gatiss, co-creator of the BBC’s hit series Sherlock and the actor who plays Mycroft  is headed to Mumbai to attend The Mumbai Film and Comic Con (Dec. 19-21).  In pre-trip publicity he has hinted that he would like to see how Bollywood would interpret Sherlock Holmes and offered up another hint about what to expect in the 2015 “Special” that will precede Season 4 in 2016.  “We have to show how Moriarty is back from the dead and what he has planned,” he told India’s Business Standard.  “The answer to how Moriarty faked his death will be in the Read More

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Trouble For The Undershaw Plan

According to article on the BBC News, the plans to convert Undershaw, the house Arthur Conan Doyle built for his family and where he wrote The Hound of the Baskervilles, are running into an unexpected problem. The house was the subject of major fund raising campaigns among Sherlockians, with funds from books published about the house and Conan Doyle’s time there, and record setting events for the most Sherlocks in one place at one time being staged.   The changes to the site and the adjoining structure proposed by the school that bought the house and pledged to preserve its Read More

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Casting Updates From All Over

Another week and another announcement that Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast to play another iconic character.  This time it is Marvel’s Dr. Strange.  Anything Cumberbatch does, in part due to his role as Sherlock, is international news, and we found what we think is the best reporting on this latest announcement in India’s First Post.  For those of you who are not up to speed on Dr. Strange, he is a surgeon who loses his ability to operate because of a terrible accident.  He turns to non-clinical methods (magic, etc.) to continue his professional life.  The Marvel folks are confident Read More

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Here’s Another Reason To Like Benedict Cumberbatch

The man is a heart throb who has attracted a female following of epic proportion.  In the world of clever language one collective of admirers has dubbed itself the “Cumberbitches.”  Yeah, the name makes us a little uneasy, too.  So that’s why we were happy to read about a recent interview he gave to People Magazine on the subject (we caught it in an Auckland NZ post). “It’s funny and I’m flattered,” he told People magazine, but: “On a serious note, come on, give yourself more power as women. Don’t just call yourself bitches!” He also suggested some alternatives: “Cumbersomes? Read More

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Another View On Holmes And Modernity

In a recent blog post we reported on professor Douglas Kerr’s (university of Hong Kong) comments on Sherlock Holmes as a symbol of modernity.  When she saw this post author Diane Gilbert Madsen had a different view. Madsen has written a number of mystery titles, the most recent being The Conan Doyle Notes: Secrets of Jack the Ripper  (MX Publishing).  She is also about to publish The Code of The Canon: How Sherlock Holmes Made his Decisions. Here is what she had to say: “Conan Doyle wrote the Sherlock Holmes stories over a period of almost 40 years from 1887 Read More

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Marketing 101 From The BBC?

The best business schools in the world where marketing is taught should be taking a page from the BBC!  The next season of Sherlock (season 4) is hotly desired by a worldwide loyal audience (that includes 69 million in China who get bootlegged streams).  Yet here is their problem — they don’t have the goods to fill all the orders.  The stars of the show, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are so popular and over committed to schedules for other film, stage, and TV projects that the BBC seems unable to shoe horn a production period into their schedules.  They Read More

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Conan Doyle Reconsidered By Scholar

Got a minute?  Check out what Professor Douglas Kerr from the University of Hong Kong has to say about the relevance of Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes to modern literature.  It’s an academic minute and in a very short space of time it provides some new insight into how important Conan Doyle was as an author and Sherlock Holmes as an avatar of the emerging scientific expert.  The problem Conan Doyle explores with Sherlock’s character is that he is a modern man capable of great scientific achievement, but he in danger of losing his humanity.  Do you agree with Professor Read More

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Is He Getting Over-Exposed?

Don’t get us wrong.  We love him.  We think he is a great actor.  We think he does a great Sherlock in his BBC series, but he is soaring like a rocket, and therein lies our worry.  In the contemporary world of overnight media saturation Benedict Cumberbatch is everywhere.  To his ultimate credit, too, the exposure is based on his prolific number of films, television shows, plays, late night talk show appearances and awards acceptances.  So, if media exposure is akin to money he has truly earned it.  But going back to the rocket analogy — what goes up must Read More

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Published: The Book That Started It All!

It’s out!  The book that started the court fight that ended with the U.S. Federal Courts slapping down the Conan Doyle Estate Ltd.’s claim that it had the right to collect royalties from artists and producers who used the Sherlock Holmes characters in their works.  Now, with the Sherlock Holmes characters  firmly in the public domain, anyone is free to use them.   In The Company of Sherlock Holmes edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger was released by its publisher Pegasus Books on November 11th. The book is the editors’ second anthology of pastiche stories by contemporary Read More

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Final Word From SCOTUS

When last we left this legal saga, the Conan Doyle Estate Ltd. had requested that the U.S. Supreme court take up its case to continue copyright protection for all the works in the canon, despite the legal protection having run out for 50 of the 60 works.  They hired a lawyer with extensive experience arguing numerous cases in front of the Supreme Court.   Once the formal request had been made it was a waiting game until the Court acted.  The game is up.  The Court has refused to hear the case, which means that the finding of the lower Read More

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Did ACD Know The Real JTR?

The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper By Diane Gilbert Madsen MX Publishing, Paperback Ed. October 31, 2014 In this new novel from mystery writer Diane Gilbert Madsen a contemporary female gumshoe sheds light on one of the world’s most enduring mysteries. She is DD McGil, formerly an assistant professor of  17th century English literature but now, due to circumstances, a private detective chasing down people suspected of insurance fraud.  She is tough, blonde, and about to turn 40.  Her Scots heritage won’t allow her to take any guff from anyone. One gray morning in her hometown Read More

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Madame Tussaud’s Adds Cumberbatch

The London Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum has completed its wax figure of Benedict Cumberbatch and put him out on the floor.  With his typical wry humor, Cumberbatch told the London Express”I’ve been accused of being wooden in my work but never waxy.” #ESHolmes #EverythingSherlockHolmes #SherlockHolmes #TotalSherlock #BenedictCumberbatch #MadameTussauds

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Moriarty By Horowitz

The new book by Anthony Horowitz Moriarty is his second Holmes related novel authorized by the Conan Doyle Estate Ltd. (the first was The House of Silk, 2011). Horowitz and his publishers, The Orion Group/Hachette were pulling out all the stops to give the new book a good send off. On the publication date of October 23rd Horowitz takes a carriage ride through London stopping at bookshops along the route.  On the 24th he appears at the Surgeons Hall in Edinburgh to give a lecture. Holmes and Watson do not appear in the book.  It opens at the base of Read More

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Crimes And Punishments Opens At 41

The Sherlock Holmes video game Crimes and Punishments developed by Frogwares and sold by Focus Home Interactive  has been in the market for about a month.  It hit the VGChartz Global Best Seller List at number 41 the week ending October 4th (the only week so far for which data is available).   No sales volume was reported.  Gaming Age reviewed it and gave it a B+.  Gaming Bolt also gave a favorable review. The main drawback cited by the reviewer was that the game tries to provide an experience similar to the live action of the BBC’s Sherlock and Read More

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Sherlock Needed By The NYPD

A dead black bear cub was found in New York’s Central Park on Monday, October 6th.  The three foot long female, was probably born this year, according to the New York Times.  The police reported that the animal had trauma to its body, but they don’t know how she died.  The person who found the bear while walking her dog said that the mouth was open and bloody.  The NYPD  have sent the body to the animal pathology lab of the NY State Department of Wildlife Conservation for an autopsy.  No one knows whether the bear was killed where it Read More

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Gillette Film From 1916 Found

An intact version of the 1916 silent film “Sherlock Holmes” starring William Gillette has been found by Cinémathèque Française, a French film archive.  The film was produced by Essanay Studios, the pioneering Chicago film company, in 1916.  Gillette is the American Actor who wrote and starred in the stage version of “Sherlock Holmes,” which he wrote and performed 1300 times from 1899 to 1932.  According to Variety: “The rediscovered film is the only one Gillette ever appeared in, and is the actor’s only surviving appearance as the Baker Street detective…It was Gillette who first donned the deerstalker hat that has Read More

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Crimes And Punishments To Release On September 30

The long anticipated new installment in Frogwares Sherlock Holmes video game series Crimes and Punishments is about to be released (September 30th). The company has released a new promo with a definite surreal atmosphere. The new installment is inspired by the BBC’s Sherlock. It is quite remarkable. You can watch the game play trailer which is based on the story Black Peter, one of seven crimes that can be solved. While there are some literary licenses taken that vary from the canonical story, it is generally true to the original. The graphics are quite impressive and the software tools that Read More

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Estate Trying Again To Protect Copyright

If there was any doubt that copyright to the Sherlock Holmes characters has value, then the latest move by the Conan Doyle Estate Ltd. has just removed it.  After losing in Federal Court over the issue of whether works written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle before 1923 are in the public domain, after seeing their legal theory for why they should continue to have protection beyond the statutory limit denied by a Federal judge, after having their first appeal to the Supreme Court turned away by Justice Kagan, and after being directed by the court to pay the legal fees Read More

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Will We See A Third Holmes Brother?

The buzz is building for the next season of the BBC’s hugely successful TV show Sherlock.  There is no date yet for when in 2016 season 4 will air.  There is talk, however, of a special being aired sometime in 2015. There is also talk of a third Holmes brother being added to the cast.  While there is no third brother in the Canon, there are hints that there might have been a third brother, older than Mycroft (who is older than Sherlock).  One of the few references that Sherlock makes to his family background is that he is from Read More

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Prints Out Quentin G. Stanhope

It’s another bizarre story of how the internet and good police work can solve a mystery. Here’s how it went.  In Lincoln City, OR police arrested a guy for forgery (pictured above).  He gave his name as Quentin G. Stanhope.  Somebody pointed out to the cops that he was an avid Sherlock Holmes fan and that the name he was using is the name of a character in a Sherlock Holmes book.   Interestingly, the guy ran a tax service and even did some work for the city.  After the police searched his home and office, the suspect still would Read More

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Would Conan Doyle Vote For Scottish Independence?

It is a 100 years since the Irish achieved independence from England.  Now we are on the verge of Scotland voting for its own independence from the United Kingdom.  Arthur Conan Doyle was an ethnic Irishman raised as Scot in Edinburgh, who lived much of his life in England and served the Crown in two wars. So, how would he have stood on the question of Scottish independence? One clue we have is that he spoke up for Irish Home Rule.  He added his name to a statement published on page 8 in the Times of London on October 23, Read More

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Sherlock’s Methods Used To Solve Ripper Case

Finally!  According to the U.K. newspaper the Daily Mail an amateur detective and a molecular biologist have solved the case of Jack the Ripper.  Using careful observation and deductive reasoning, the very techniques of Sherlock Holmes, they used DNA found on a shawl left at the scene of one of the Ripper’s murders to connect one of the suspects to the crime.  The Ripper according to these sleuths was Aaron Kosminski, an emigrant from Poland who worked and lived in White Chapel just blocks away from where one of the victims was found.  He worked as a hair dresser, but Read More

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Kickstarter and Sherlock

The crowd funding site Kickstarter, which enables people to raise investment money for their creative projects has been a very active source for projects related to Sherlock Holmes. A current open campaign is for Watson and Holmes Volume 2.  This is a comic book series from New Paradigm Studios.  Watson and Holmes Volume 1 was very well received winning Glyph Awards for Fan Favorite, Best Writer, Best Artist and Best Story and was nominated for an Eisner Award.  For Volume 2 the company is looking for $20,000.  The money will be used “…to expand our outreach with this second collection and infuse your support Read More

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Elementary Adds Star For New Season

Dr. Watson never had a rival for Holmes affection, that we know of, and the affection was only rarely expressed (See The Adventure of the Three Garridebs) and even then, only in the most manly and proper way.  But on CBS’s “Elementary” Dr. Watson (Lucy Liu) is a female, and, well, you know, there’s always that tension. Starting with the season premier (Thursday October 30th 10:00 PM ET) it will get even steamier. That’s because actress Ophelia Lovibond will be a regular on the show playing Kitty Winter, apparently an up-and-coming detective who wants to learn from Holmes (Jonny Lee Read More

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Klinger Wins Again

Another legal decision has been made in the ongoing battle between author and Holmes expert Leslie Klinger and the Arthur Conan Doyle Literary Estate.  This time U.S. 7th Circuit Court Judge Richard Posner told the Estate to pay $30,000 to Klinger for his legal fees.  The judge had previously ruled that the 46 Sherlock Holmes short stories and four novels written by Arthur Conan Doyle before 1923 are in the public domain. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan refused to hear the estate’s appeal.  Klinger then asked for his legal costs to be covered.  The judge lauded Klinger for standing up Read More

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Guinness Record Attempted In London

On July 19th 113 people showed up University College London for the first ever attempt to set the Guiness World Record for the most people dressed up as Sherlock Holmes in the same place. The rules to verify the record required everyone to wear a deerstalker hat and cloak and to carry a pipe and magnifying glass. The Guinness officials will make their ruling in the near future. Since this was the first attempt at the record, they will likely approve.   The event was organized by MX Publishing which was promoting a new book about the effort save Arthur Read More

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U.S. Supreme Court Says “No” To CDE

Perhaps we can thank Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan for finally answering the question of whether or not the Sherlock Holmes novels and stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle before 1923 are in the public domain.   On Thursday afternoon, July 17, 2014 she refused to block a federal appeals court ruling against continued copyright protection for Sherlock Holmes, for any stories about him that have entered the public domain. That means that an earlier ruling by a lower court stands.  See our coverage of this story.  According to Lyle Denniston, reporter for the SCOTUS blog, “Kagan acted without Read More

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Our Own Sherlock Music

Everything Sherlock includes music, too.  So we were deliriously happy when a music composition student who knew about our project wrote a piece for us to use in our portal and in our promotional videos. It was written by Riley Smith a junior at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY.  When we asked him to tell us about what motivated him to write this beautiful piece he told us that he was inspired by the work of the artist who scored the two recent Sherlock Holmes films starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law. Riley wrote: The newest Sherlock Holmes Read More

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Dr. House is a Holmes

The popular TV series House (Fox 2004-2012) starring Hugh Laurie and documenting the adventures of an irascible but brilliant doctor who solves the most difficult cases and alienates everyone else involved was, of course, based on Sherlock Holmes. The similarities were many: his only friend is Dr. Wilson, he has a drug addiction, the name Holmes is pronounced by the English as “homes” and a house is a home, Dr. House’s deductions lead to radical and dangerous courses of treatment that no one else would ever think of , and he faked his own death.   “We didn’t sit together Read More

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Should Kids Read Sherlock Holmes Stories?

The website Classical Children’s Books www.classical-childrens-books.com , a site devoted to encouraging children to read literature and to helping parents and teachers select age-appropriate books for them, raises what for some is a troubling issue regarding the works in the Holmes canon. According to the site “Some of the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes are not appropriate for children because of objectionable content.”  We were pleased to see that the site has a balanced view and does not have a polemical axe to grind. Here is their explanation: Who in their right mind would object to the world’s most famous detective? …since this Read More

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How Much Is That In Dollars?

So often in stories in the Sherlock Holmes canon the subject of money, incomes and payments comes up. For example, in “A Case of Identity,” the third story in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Miss Mary Sutherland discusses her annual income with Sherlock. We thought this might be a good one to look at more closely and get a sense of what the money being discussed would equate to in today’s dollars. She receives about £100 per year in income from a £2,500 inheritance that is invested in a New Zealand stock that pays 4.5% a year.  She also works Read More

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The ‘Old Money’ and Sherlock

In 1971 Britain made the change from its old currency system to one based on 100 Pence in a Pound. Before that, like Sherlock Holmes, you had to really know your stuff. There were 12 Pennies in a Shilling and 20 Shillings in a Pound, thus there were 240 Pence in a Pound. Also there were lots of coins and values that you will read about in the Canon, so here is the list to help you when you run across references to money: A Farthing was a ¼ penny written as /¼ d (d used to symbolize Pence came from the Read More

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The Audio Character of Sherlock Holmes by Orson Welles

I recently listened to “The Immortal Sherlock Holmes” radio broadcast performed by the Mercury Theater in 1938.  Listening to it in my office with my eyes shut, I felt like I was sitting in the studio as the drama was produced.  Orson Welles developed some basic styling of Holmes’ speech patterns that I hear in subsequent renditions by other actors.  Welles used a staccato pattern with unusual emphasis on certain words.   Has anyone else listened to this recording?  What do you think of Welles’ audio characterization of Holmes?

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Ian McKellen Tweets First Photo As Sherlock Holmes

Sir Ian McKellen who is playing the 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes in the forthcoming movie A Slight Trick of the Mind has tweeted the first photo of himself in costume as Sherlock.  Here is the Tweet.  We think he looks great and are eager for the first photo of Laura Linney as his housekeeper. Keep them coming, Ian.    

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Not So Fast, Says The Conan Doyle Estate

Everyone seemed to think that the literary characters and events depicted in Sherlock Holmes titles written by Arthur Conan Doyle before 1923 were in the public domain. Based on a recent court decision it seem like the issue was legally settled.  But now the Literary Estate of Arthur Conan Doyle is taking its case up the legal ladder and appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The complainant on the opposite side of the case is author and Holmes expert Leslie Klinger.  He will be speaking next week about the controversy to the Beverly Hills Bar Association.  It should be an Read More

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Sherlock Firmly in the Public Domain

The U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that copyright law does not cover the 50 earlier works depicting Sherlock Holmes written by Arthur Conan Doyle (pictured above), including references to Holmes, his sidekick Dr. Watson, his arch-enemy Professor Moriarty, 221B Baker Street, and even Holmes’ cocaine use, according to Reuters. This is the resolution of a dispute between author and Holmes expert Lislie Klinger and the Arthur Conan Doyle Literary Estate. Still protected by copyright are the ten works written between 1923 and 1927 which remain protected for 95 years from publication. These are the  last 10 works in The Read More

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Plan To Set New Guinness Record for Sherlock

He already has the Guinness World record for being the most portrayed human character in film and television, but now Sherlock Holmes is in line for another record. MX Publishing, a major publisher of Sherlock Holmes books is going to try to set a record for the number of people dressed up as Sherlock all in the same place at the same time. The event will take place at University College, London on July 19th. According to the Radio Times this will be a new entry into the Guinness record book, and will require at least 250 people to show Read More

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John Lennon’s Holmes Parody Hits Auction High

Sotheby’s reports that its June 4th auction of the John Lennon: ‘You Might Well Arsk’: Original Drawings And Manuscripts, 1964-65 collection was 100% sold out. The total purchase price of $2,899,000 for the whole collection was well over the $1.2m high estimate. The sale was led by “The Singularge Experience of Miss Anne Duffield,” the manuscript of Lennon’s parody of Sherlock Holmes from his book A Spaniard in the Works published in 1965.  This work sold for $209,000 well above its pre-auction estimate of $50,000 to $70,000. Among the drawings is one of a giant Sherlock Holmes type character examining a tiny person (shown), Read More

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Conan Doyle Manuscript Coming To Auction

On June 19th the auction house Christie’s in New York will put an Arthur Conan Doyle original manuscript “The Adventure of Black Peter,” up for sale.  It was given by Doyle to Collier’s Weekly magazine founder and publisher Peter Collier in 1908. It includes an autographed letter from Conan Doyle. Christie’s expects it to sell for $250,000 to $350,000. The story first appeared in Collier’s and The Strand in 1904 and was collected in The Return of Sherlock Holmes. The story centers on an abusive former sea captain has been murdered by someone who ran him through with a harpoon.  Holmes must solve Read More

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Official Limited Edition Collector Dolls

Collectors of limited edition scale model dolls can add the stars of the BBC’s hit series Sherlock to their collections.  Collectors are anticipating the release by Big Chief studios of the Sherlock and Dr. Watson dolls. The 1:6 scale figures come with accessories like a violin for Sherlock and a computer for Dr. Watson. These items are officially licensed by Hartswood Films, the company that produces the show. Holmes is 12 inches tall; Watson is 11.5 inches. They are made from ABS and other plastics. They have 32 points of articulation to enable poses and come with a display bases Read More

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BBC’s Sherlock Banned in China

Although the BBC series Sherlock is banned from the Chinese state television network, it is extremely popular behind the Great Wall.  It’s not surprising that people would make the effort to see Sherlock, given the general dullness of the programming on the state network. Yahoo reported that 69 million people stream the shows through video websites. What is the reason for the ban?  It seems that political differences between China and the U.K. are to blame.  The Chinese don’t want to be too friendly towards the Brits.  Yahoo speculates, too, that the character of Sherlock’s brother Mycroft, a government insider Read More

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Watson and Holmes #6 Wins Awards

  He’s a doctor back from a tour of duty in the war in Afghanistan and he meets an enigmatic man named Holmes.  Before long they are investigating crimes together.  This Watson and Holmes are not in Victorian England but in New York’s present-day Harlem.  They are both African American and they are portrayed in a very successful comic book series from New Paradigm Studios.  Launched in 2012 and funded with a Kickstarter campaign, Watson and Holmes first two numbers sold out.  The company is growing rapidly, and on May 16, 2014 Watson and Holmes #6 cleaned up at the Read More

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Sherlock Stars to Play Richard III

Benedict Cumberbatch who plays Sherlock in the BBC series Sherlock and Martin Freeman who plays Dr. Watson in the same series are two very different actors.  Yet, both will be playing the same iconic Shakespearian role in the near future.  They will play Richard III (1452-1485), the last King of England to die in battle and the only king of England to die on home soil since Harold in 1066.  Richard was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field as his army was defeated by a Tudor army.  The defeat of Richard and the house of York ended the War Read More

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Doc Martin Star to Play Conan Doyle

The British actor Martin Clunes who plays the lead role in the ITV series “Doc Martin” (on PBS in the U.S.) will play Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in a forthcoming three part TV special, “Arthur & George.”   The program is based on the novel Arthur & George,  written by Julian Barnes (Vintage 2007; available in the ESH Bookstore). The story is based on actual events in Conan Doyle’s life.  Following  the death of his first wife, Louisa, he was in a depressed state and unable to reinvigorate his literary career.  Implored by friends and family to get back to doing Read More

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Laura Linney to Star in A Slight Trick of the Mind

Sherlock Holmes at the age of 93 in his retirement in rural Sussex is the subject of the forthcoming film A Slight Trick of the Mind.  When Ian McKellen was announced as the lead actor several months ago, the web lit up with articles and announcements about the film.  The most recent news is that Laura Linney will also star in the film playing Mrs. Munro, the aged Holmes’s housekeeper.  One theme in the film centers on her son and Holmes’s fatherly attachment to him.  The aged detective is trying to figure out what happened 30 years before in his Read More

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Will Jack Nicholson Appear in Sherlock Holmes 3?

  Robert Downey Jr., according to Radar Online the Hollywood gossip site, has been pursuing Jack Nicholson to get him to play a role in his next Sherlock Holmes movie. The third in the series with Downey as Sherlock, Jude Law as Watson and Guy Ritchie directing, this next installment is still in its early stages of development. Downey who supposedly idolizes Nicholson is trying to lure him out of retirement. Downey, according to Radar is even willing to take less money for his starring role so that producers will have to pay Nicholson. If you were writing and casting Read More

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The Book on Arthur Conan Doyle by Dirda

On Conan Doyle by Michael Dirda, published in 2009, remains well worth reading today. This book is part of a “Writers on Writers” series published by the Princeton University Press.  In the early pages of the book, Dirda states an elementary fact about one thing that would influence his future life in writing.  He says, The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902), by Arthur Conan Doyle, was the first “grown up” book I ever read – and it changed my life. Finding out why this particular work of Doyle’s got Dirda’s attention is only one of many reasons to settle down Read More

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BBC’s Sherlock Not Due Back Until 2016

The good news is that there will be a season four of the BBC’s mega hit series Sherlock.  The bad news is that it probably won’t air until 2016.  It seems that it is just too difficult to get the stars all together in one place to shoot the next series. Una Stubbs as Mrs. Hudson in the BBC’s Sherlock

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Russian Book Publisher Signs Licensing Deal

The Russian book publisher Amphora, filling the demand for everything Sherlock currently raging in Russia, has signed a deal to sell titles from the British publisher MX Publishing Ltd. With a highly popular Sherlock Holmes television series now running in Russia, the demand for books about the detective is burgeoning.  Ebooks are still a small part of the market there, and most book sales are hardback editions sold in bookstores. MX’s list of Sherlock titles includes pastiches by authors using the Conan Doyle characters in their own works.  The 12 book deal with Amphora includes a number of these works.  Read More

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