A row with the Conan-Doyle estate – 80 years ago – led to Universal’s classic film series that inspired today’s Sherlock

Voice of Terror 01Sherlock creators, Mark Gatiss and Stephen Moffatt say that the inspiration for their acclaimed adaptation of the Conan-Doyle stories came, in part, from an admiration of the 1940s films starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. But, a row eighty years ago with the Conan-Doyle estate meant the series nearly didn’t get made and the world could have been deprived of two Holmesian classics. Continue reading “A row with the Conan-Doyle estate – 80 years ago – led to Universal’s classic film series that inspired today’s Sherlock”

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Ian McKellen is outstanding in ‘Mr Holmes’, a wonderful new take on the life of the world’s greatest consulting detective

Mr Holmes 02Mr  Holmes, puts a remarkable new twist on the world’s most famous detective. Set in 1947, an ageing Sherlock Holmes grapples with the diminishing powers of his mind and comes to rely upon his housekeeper and her young son, as he revisits the unsolved case that forced him into retirement – before it’s too late. Continue reading “Ian McKellen is outstanding in ‘Mr Holmes’, a wonderful new take on the life of the world’s greatest consulting detective”

Sherlock Lives: Welcome return of BBC TV drama for third series

Sherlock Lives FIBBC One’s much praised, multi-award-winning drama Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, returns for an eagerly awaited third series of three 90-minute films – The Empty Hearse, The Sign Of Three and His Last Vow. Continue reading “Sherlock Lives: Welcome return of BBC TV drama for third series”