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Dec. 3rd, 2012



Jeremy Brett TV play - new DVD release

One for Jeremy Brett fans:

Kingsley Amis’s "The Ferryman" stars Jeremy Brett as a young writer who escapes for a weekend in the country, only to find that his hotel increasingly comes to bear a resemblance to the setting of his bestselling novel; bafflement turns to alarm as he realises he may have to face the terrifying climax of his own story.
Starring Jeremy Brett, Lesley Dunlop, Natasha Parry, Geoffrey Chater and Ray Mort


Nov. 13th, 2012



Tower of London: the Work of Moriarty?

Thief breaks in and steals keys... commentators link it to the series 2 episode of BBC's "Sherlock"... http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/12/tower-of-london-thief-break-in_n_2116425.html?ncid=GEP

Nov. 10th, 2012



Modern Sherlocks - and murder

It's worth looking at Sir ACD's list of "cheats" which he considered that fair-minded mystery writers should not use (like identical twins, for instance). It's also amusing how rarely he uses murder as the crime, and indeed how in over 50% of his Holmes stories no actual crime is committed at all - he took pride in having achieved that whilst giving the impression that they were crime stories.

Nov. 7th, 2012




Victoria Coren slams the new "Elementary" and its American female Watson in The Observer:

"Meanwhile, Lucy Liu is worried that people will see only the gender change to her character and miss another excellent improvement to the rubbish old original story"


Aug. 25th, 2010


[Fic] A Horror Story Dedicated To Sherlock (Sherlock BBC/Kiben Gakuha, Yotsuya Senpai no Kaidan)

[Fic] A Horror Story Dedicated To Sherlock (Sherlock BBC/Kiben Gakuha, Yotsuya Senpai no Kaidan)

Fandom: Sherlock BBC / Kiben Gakuha, Yotsuya Senpai no Kaidan

Title: A Horror Story Dedicated To Sherlock

Author: telefilo

Characters: Sherlock Holmes, Jim Moriarty from Sherlock BBC; Yotsuya, Nakashima from Kiben Gakuha, Yotsuya Senpai no Kaidan

Summary: A mysterious student from Japan knows more than he should about the mysterious death of a boy in the pool, on a level that only Sherlock could understand, and that scares Jim to hell.
Rating: PG-13
Words: 1478

Warning: Crossover, spoiler.

( here is the STORY )

Aug. 9th, 2010



BBC's Sherlock: the finale

Don't read if you haven't seen.

behind the cutCollapse )

Aug. 6th, 2010



A Study in Pink

Some interesting reaction to the BBC's new Sherlock:


Jul. 25th, 2010



BBC One's "Sherlock" - starring Benedict Cumberbatch

Just watched BBC TV's new "Sherlock", episode 1. Excellent show - the first half-hour was perfect. It really felt like H&W are back on telly, after all these long years. It lagged a little in the middle, but that was because the "case" had to be somewhat rushed-through after all the introductory material; pacing should improve next week.

More behind the cut. SPOILER ALERT - don't read if you haven't seen it yet!Collapse )

Jun. 17th, 2010



Jeremy Brett in "The Three Musketeers" (BBC TV, 1967)

The disks have arrived from the States!! Hooray! "British DVD Collection" - yes, but not available in Britain!

Anyway, I haven't watched them yet, and there will no doubt be some snaps for the galleries when I have. But here are a couple of snaps from the titles with a flowing-locked Jeremy as D'Artagnan...

Jun. 5th, 2010



Jeremy Brett in "The Prodigal Daughter"

I watched this 1975 play on DVD last night. Quite enjoyable seeing Charles Kay and Jeremy Brett on screen together long before "The Creeping Man".


From the user review which I read before buying: "Prospective buyers should know that this item contains a fantastic extra - the full 53 minute 1975 Granada TV play the Prodigal Daughter, starring Alastair Sim (in one of his last TV performances) and a young Jeremy Brett. The rarity value of that extra makes this DVD well worth purchasing."

Mr Brett looked very dashing. I took a few screencaps of JB's various moods throughout the play (and a couple of the other characters)... (you can see them in my album here, link: http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2007-1/1238587/2133876)

May. 28th, 2010



Jeremy Brett BAFTA petition

Listening tonight to BBC7's "Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes", the episode of "The Sussex Vampire" guest-starring Michael Troughton and Alexandra Bastedo (of "The Champions" fame).

Alexandra's website mentions some interesting Jeremy Brett news (they acted together in an episode of "The Champions"): there is a petition to award Jeremy Brett a posthumous BAFTA. Being in a Sherlockian (and indeed Bastedo) mood I post the link for anyone who might want to support it, or indeed just read about it:


Mar. 9th, 2010


(no subject)

Newspaper article when Jeremy was in the play "As you like it".

Mar. 8th, 2010



I have this article in ages. I was having a tidy up of my computer when I found it.

Mar. 2nd, 2010


Robert and Elizabeth

I don't know if this was posted before or not.

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Feb. 26th, 2010


Photo of Jeremy

I have found this photo of Jeremy.

Sep. 1st, 2009



Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes...?

Does anyone have a clue what on earth this is?

I'm slightly alarmed by the company name(?) "Playaway Adult Fiction". There's no helpful review or preview or anything I can fathom. But then I am a technological dinosaur. I've never heard of this "book" if that is what is recorded.

A three-pipe problem indeed.

Aug. 30th, 2009



The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes...

Interesting postings on "The Mausoleum Club" about this film:

"The Region 1 release includes what remains of the deleted scenes, the trailer, a photo gallery, an interview with Christopher Lee, and another interview with editor Ernest Walter. I believe the interviews were filmed for the laser disc release in the 90s. As far as I recall, the UK release has the trailer and no other extras.

The deleted scenes are not integrated into the film, and none of them survive intact. We have;

The script and photographs for the original opening sequence, with Watson's great nephew arriving at the bank for the opening of the fabled dispatch box (much as appears in the novelisation).

Script, photographs and audio for an early sequence (which must have come directly after the titles) of Holmes and Watson returning to Baker Street on a train, with Holmes deducing the identity of a fellow passenger in their carriage (alluded to in the novel, with a curious mention of carpet slippers). This leads into...

... Script, photographs and audio for "The Curious Case of the Upside Down Room." (though this would come somewhat later in the film than is suggested here).

"The Case of the Dumbfounded Detective" - script and photographs as Holmes reveals how he fell in love during his university days. (This would have come during the northbound train sequence, as Holmes shares a berth with Madame Valladon).

Complete edited film, but with no audio for the ship-bound "Dreadful Business of the Naked Honeymooners" (which has some blurring on screen to censor a pair of naked breasts - apparently MGM policy doesn't allow for extras which would get a higher age rating than the main feature). This sequence is subtitled.

In the interview with Ernest Walters, he reveals that there was at one point some talk of combining the deleted sequences to create a TV special to tie in with the film's release.

What isn't present is "The Celebrated Archives of Mr Sherlock Holmes", a short promotional film made to coincide with the film's release, giving a brief introduction to Holmes, with a few seconds of behind the scenes footage. This must have been prepared before the scissors came out, as it refers to Lestrade's presence in the film. Possibly this wasn't included as it contains clips from earlier Holmes films leading to copyright complications. "


May. 23rd, 2009

H and W otp


Preview of Guy Ritchie "Holmes" movie

{This amused me. Originally posted on a Dr Who forum by user "DamnYouVileWoman!", it sums up pretty much everything I think about this endeavour!}

As soon as I read in the initial press release for this film that they intended to, "put more emphasis on the action/adventure elements of the original stories," I realised I couldn't wait to see the many exciting fistfights, carriage chases, shootouts, martial arts battles and people running away from explosions in slow motion from Conan Doyle's original stories finally realised on the big screen!

Imagine my excitement when they hired Guy Ritchie to direct it! A man who gave us all the glorious sub-genre that is the, "Modern, Cockney Gangster Flick," that I have always loved so much, holding it in my heart just above films about talking animals that can play sports! A man who, in an eleven year career has managed to produce one successful film..... Eleven years ago! Yes, he has managed to produce some of the most worthless dreck ("Swept Away," "Revolver") since but you know.... He obviously wasn't really trying, what with being too busy getting over having to wake up next to Madonna every morning! Who better to bring The Great Detective to the silver screen once more?!

And who better to play the man himself than Robert Downey, Jr? A terrific actor, a mix of leading man and character actor who suddenly finds himself a box office draw thanks to, "Iron Man." A man who seemingly, if the trailer is anything to go by, believes an English accent is what Patrick McGoohan (by way of Dick Van Dyke) spoke with.

Jude Law as Watson? Genuis! How I've loved him in..... errrr..... STUFF! And Mark Strong as Moriar... sorry... Lord Blackwood? A man whose cinematic output is only eclipsed by whatever insanely innapropriate wig the make-up department attempts to staple to his head! Then the wonderful way the managed to cast Rachel McAdams so that Irene Adler can finally be portrayed the way Conan Doyle intended her to be, as an 18 year old member of the Pussycat Dolls! A masterstroke if ever there was one!

And then that trailer! Oh my word! Finally! There on the big screen! The slapstick humour I have always loved in the original stories! How thrilled I was as that classic scene, I forget which story it comes from, where Irene Adler strips off down to her sexy undies, kicks Holmes in the nuts then leaves him cuffed naked to a bed was finally brought to celluloid at last! Along with the explosions, slow motion fights and martial arts that always made my pulse race whenever I read them! I can hardly wait til Christmas now!

Seriously now, I love the Holmes stories, I love the characters, but I'm not a finger wagging type fan who feels the need to preface everything they say about the subject with phrases like, "I think you'll find....." I have no problem with writers and film makers changing things, putting an new spin to them. And Holmes has been around so long that no end of that type of thing has gone on already, everyone and his cat has had a go at doing it. I enjoy it when they do, especially when it's original, clever, entertaining, etc. I still love the original stories, nothing anyone does spoils that or the things that people have done since with Conan Doyle's original creations that I enjoy too. But that trailer..... Oh dear..... If they were doing all that kind of stuff with it and it actually looked good, then I could probably go with it but that....? That just looks.... awful! And why bother to adapt something if you're going to change it that much (and yes, I know it's based on a comic book, not the original stories.... but the comic book is!). If your opinion is, as the producers would seem to think, that your average cinema goer (i.e. 15-25) doesn't know who Sherlock Holmes is anyway therefore you need to give them the type of hero they expect in a film, to create a, "modern hero for a new franchise," why bother even using Holmes in the first place? Why not adapt one of the Victorian pulp fiction heroes that actually does all that stuff? Or, here's a shocking idea, actually create one of your own?!

I can honestly say my heart sank as I watched that trailer. It was like watching someone you love getting happy-slapped repeatedly for two minutes on YouTube.


May. 17th, 2009



(no subject)

Interesting choice of cover image - strangely Jeremy Brett is not referred to on the sleeve although the "illustrator" (aka photoshop user!) is: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0709086873

His previous book had something that looked far more like an actual painting and illustration of a story within the book: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lost-Files-Sherlock-Holmes/dp/0709082495/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1242572934&sr=1-4

Dec. 31st, 2008



Short notice, but...

Catch it if you can (or Torrent it!) - a very nice programme, assembled in the last month, about:

The Perfect TV Detective

Wednesday 31 December
2:45pm - 3:45pm
BBC2 West

Special programme celebrating Britain's TV detectives. In a genre that has featured detectives as monk, cook, gardener and time traveller, do we still prefer a private eye or a plain old-fashioned policeman? How does Sherlock Holmes compare to Morse, Jonathan Creek or Taggart? This is an investigation into who the most popular sleuths are, and why.
VIDEO Plus+: 510344
Repeat, Subtitled, Widescreen
Directed by: Charlie Stuart, Angus McIntyre

(Maybe it should be "best British detective" since it disregards Poirot, Colobo etc - but examines the literary as well as TV side of our favourite and best of all DAVID BURKE - Granada's first Watson - adds comments of his own).

Dec. 29th, 2008



The best Sherlock Holmes... RT

This is on the Radio Times (British TV guide!) page today, as part of a "Detective Evening". Interesting mini-essay and even more interesting audience response:


Get it quick as it'll probably be gone soon :p

Nov. 29th, 2008


A video I have posted in You tube


Nov. 16th, 2008



After the Fall...

Following on from my previous post -
I have re.read The Valley of Fear and enjoyed it more than I had expected.

After a simply wretched opening which shows Holmes being openly scornful of Watson, (in a manner more befitting perhaps of Rathbone and other Holmes to come), the story settles down to a typical author's 'late work' with nods to many previous outings from the Dancing Men to the Final Problem and with a structure based on SiS. It's a romp, deduction, clues, codes and then the main story etc.

So - why so underrated? Doyle himself called it both Swan Song and Goose-cackle!

For my sins, I looked into wikipedia and came across the old quote; "Holmes may not have died at Reichenbach, but he was never the same man.." (I'm paraphrasing).
Now this ALWAYS erks me, especially as Doyle only occasionally disputed it. 
Most of my favourite stories are in the Return and His Last Bow. And a couple are in The Casebook.

Now, I'll agree as much in that some later works have awkward openings where Doyle seems to be experimenting with starting a story in the middle of a scene, without first setting it, and minus Watson's usual introductions. But - some of my least favourite stories are definitely in the Adventures (Noble Bachelor) and others in Memoirs (such as Gloria Scott) feel like make weights, non Holmes stories re-written as ballast.

Purely objectively, I would be hard pressed to make a real list of one volume over another.

Am I alone in this regard? What do other members here think?

Oct. 19th, 2008



Illustrator query...

 Does anyone know who illustrated the pan paperbacks covers - incl Sherlock Holmes?

I picked up The Valley of Fear today just for the wonderful and slightly strange cover.
I have searched the net but no joy.

I did find an interesting web-site with repros of books such as this:

which is clearly the same cover artist.

However, there is no name mentioned and the edition of TVOF which is on the site is a different one to mine.

Any ideas? 

Jul. 2nd, 2008



Another Holmes Film


Etan Cohen ("Tropic Thunder") is writing the script, and Judd Apatow and Jimmy Miller will produce.

The comedy is inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes tales. Though the thrust is different, the Baron Cohen-Ferrell pairing is the second major studio project featuring the supersleuth, as Warner Bros. is prepping the Anthony Peckham-scripted drama "Sherlock Holmes" with director Guy Ritchie.

The Col project reteams Baron Cohen and Ferrell, who played rival racecar drivers in Columbia's 2006 hit comedy "Talladega Nights," which Apatow and Miller also produced.

"Just the idea of Sacha and Will as Sherlock Holmes and Watson makes us laugh," said Col co-prexy Matt Tolmach. "Sacha and Will are two of the funniest and most talented guys on the planet, and having them take on these two iconic characters is frankly hilarious."

Baron Cohen, who most recently starred in "Sweeney Todd," has been filming "Bruno," based on his character creation, for Media Rights Capital, with Universal Pictures distributing domestically.

Ferrell, who just wrapped "Land of the Lost" for Universal, will next be seen starring for Col in "Step Brothers." That film reteams him with "Talladega Nights" co-star John C. Reilly, director Adam McKay and producers Apatow and Miller.

Jun. 30th, 2008

TREK TOS crew friends


Awesome New YouTube Video

  This is undoubtedly the most adorable lighthearted fanvid I've seen in a long time:


Jun. 14th, 2008



Quote from Guy Ritchie about new film

"This is Sherlock Holmes as a street-fighting man, ready to take on man, monsters, whatever the world can throw at him." - Guy Ritchie


Jun. 13th, 2008



Lovely video from 1986

Nicholas Rowe encounters Peter Cushing, the legendary Holmes. Lovely video!

Jun. 5th, 2008



Guy Ritchie to 're-imagine' Sherlock Holmes

"Ritchie has signed on to write and direct a reimagining of super sleuth Sherlock Holmes for Warner Bros. Lionel Wigram and Dan Lin are producing the movie, which takes its cues from a forthcoming comic that Wigram wrote as a selling tool for a new take on the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle character. The concept sees the character be more adventuresome and less stuffy than previous screen incarnations and mines on more obscure character traits."

Source: Hollywood Reporter

'more adventuresome', 'less stuffy', 'selling tool' and 'obscure character traits'... we're doomed.

(cross posted)

May. 23rd, 2008


Jeremy's tree

some photos of jeremy's tree in Clapham Common.

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