I was on a Sherlock Holmes message group, and someone mentioned the comic book series entitled Adler. It's a bit like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but in this case the group is made up of Victorian female literary characters: Irene Adler, Jane Eyre, and more. I've only read the first issue thus far (available through my public library at hoopladigital.com), but it looks like James Moriarty is the main villain in the series. I'm wondering if Sherlock Holmes himself will show up, or if he'll just continue to be mentioned here and there, and remain in the shadows. Readers of A Study in Scarlet may be entertained (or offended, I suppose) at how Jane Eyre meeting Irene Adler mirrors the more famous first meeting of a famous detective and his loyal doctor friend. Meanwhile, the artwork and writing are quite good. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series!
The series is published by Titan Comics, and you can see samples of the series (as well as another series based on the BBC's Sherlock) at their website.
I stumbled over this fairly brief documentary (only 45 min.) the other day on YouTube, and found it mildly entertaining. There's not a whole lot of information that will be new to most Sherlockians, but for the casual Holmes fan it should be enjoyable enough. I like Richard E. Grant, the actor who narrates the doc, and there are some nice interview clips with the late Edward Hardwicke, who played Watson opposite Jeremy Brett for a long time. Enjoy!
This podcast interview with the always erudite Stephen Fry is marvelous. Fry has had a lifelong connection to Sherlock Holmes and played Mycroft Holmes in the Guy Ritchie film Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, as well as performing the entire Holmes canon for Audible.
I have made my admiration for Peter Cushing's portrayal of Sherlock Holmes quite clear in previous posts. Cushing's first time playing Holmes was in the 1959 Hammer Films production, the first color film adaptation of this classic Holmes novel. Of course, considering Hammer Films' reputation for horror thrillers, this version is a bit more sensational than the average Hound adaptation. (Christopher Lee's Henry Baskerville encounters a "deadly" tarantula while in London, for example.) Still, this is an enjoyable film: Cushing is great, and Andre Morell's Watson is quite solid. You can watch the film at the links below (the film is divided into two parts on DailyMotion.)
In 2021, I've decided to attempt an extended series, more ambitions than anything else I've done on Baker Street Babble. I'm going to try reviewing the entire Granada TV Sherlock Holmes series, one review per week. I shall discuss the quality of each episode and how each one compares to the story upon which it was based. Jeremy Brett's portrayal of Holmes has always been close to my heart, as it was the first adaptation I watched as a teenager who had recently discovered the Sherlock Holmes stories. As much as I have enjoyed other portrayals of Holmes over the years (Benedict Cumberbatch, Jonny Lee Miller, Basil Rathbone, Peter Cushing, to name a few), I still find Brett's portrayal to be the most faithful to Arthur Conan Doyle's writing.
My intention is to begin this series of reviews on Saturday, January 2. There are 41 episodes in the Granada series, which aired from 1984 through 1994. The series was broadcast in four distinct series, as follows:
Even though I have been a fan of the Granada series for quite some time, I don't believe I have ever gotten around to watching every single episode, so this should be an interesting experience. I look forward to sharing my thoughts on the series here.
The game, as always, is afoot!
During this Christmas season, most Sherlockians' thoughts turn to "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle," one of the most entertaining of all Holmes' s adventures, set in this very season. I had seen the Granada TV adaptation of this adventure, starring Jeremy Brett as Holmes, a few times. However, even though I have the DVDs of the series that starred Peter Cushing as the great detective, I don't recall if I had gotten around to watching this particular adventure in that series. I just watched it this morning, and found it immensely entertaining. Enjoy watching it on YouTube below, and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
I'm a stay-at-home dad, and Director of Music Ministries at a United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, TN, and a longtime fan of Mr. Sherlock Holmes.