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The Game's Afoot: Sherlock Holmes Special

Nick Utechin selects some of the Great Detective's greatest cases on radio. With 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band' (1945) and Ralph Richardson in 'The Red-Headed League' (1954).

Hear the evidence gathered clue by clue - as Sherlock Holmes enthusiast, Nick Utechin investigates how the Baker Street sleuth has been portrayed on radio across the decades.

Stretching from the Forties to the Noughties, this 3 hour showcase of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle great detective features some rare recordings of Holmes and Watson in action:

* The Adventure of the Speckled Band (17/05/1945)
Why did Helen Stoner's twin sister die in mysterious circumstances on the eve of her wedding? Stars Cedric Hardwicke as Sherlock Holmes and Finlay Curry as Dr Watson.

* The Red-Headed League (19/10/1954);
The strange case of an ad seeking only red-haired men… Stars Ralph Richardson as Holmes and John Gielgud as Watson.

* The Boscombe Valley Mystery (12/12/1966)
The sleuth probes a murder in Herefordshire, but the crime's roots are down under. Stars Carleton Hobbs as Holmes and Norman Shelley as Watson.

* The Return of Sherlock Holmes: The Solitary Cyclist (17/03/1993)
The sleuth investigates who's following music teacher Violet Smith. Stars Clive Merrison as Holmes and Michael Williams as Watson.

* The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Abergavenny Murder (18/05/2004)
When a man dies in his Baker Street apartment, the detective is bound to investigate. Stars Clive Merrison as Holmes and Andrew Sachs as Watson.

Plus: Nick talks to writer and dramatist Bert Coules.

Producer: Sarah Wade

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in July 2008.

3 hours

Last on

Mon 15 Jun 2020 01:00


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  • Sun 14 Jun 2020 13:00
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The Sound of Sherlock

The Sound of Sherlock

BBC Radio's incarnations of Holmes & Watson down the years

The Sound of Sherlock

The Sound of Sherlock

Incarnations of Holmes & Watson from the BBC Radio vaults.