Sherlock Holmes (1989 radio series)

Sherlock Holmes is the overall title given to the BBC Radio 4 radio dramatisations of the complete Sherlock Holmes stories, with Bert Coules as head writer, and featuring Clive Merrison as Holmes and Michael Williams as Dr Watson. Together, the two actors completed radio adaptations of every story in the canon of Sherlock Holmes between 1989 and 1998.

Sherlock Holmes
GenreRadio drama
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Home stationBBC Radio 4
StarringClive Merrison
Michael Williams
Original release5 November 1989 (1989-11-05) – 5 July 1998 (1998-07-05)

The episodes were not originally broadcast under an overall title, and aired in series with the same titles as the novels or short story collections that the episodes were adapted from. For instance, the first two episodes were based on the novel A Study in Scarlet and aired under that title on BBC Radio 4's Classic Serial programme.[1]

Episodes of the series are available on CD as well as downloads, and are occasionally rebroadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra.[2]

ProductionEdit

The BBC decided to produce radio adaptations of all sixty Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle due to the success of a 1988 radio adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles.[3] David Johnston produced and directed the production, which was adapted by Bert Coules, and starred Roger Rees as Sherlock Holmes and Crawford Logan as Dr. Watson.[4]

For the complete series of adaptations, Clive Merrison was cast as Holmes and Michael Williams as Watson. Both of the first two dramatisations of the series, adaptations of A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of the Four, were produced by David Johnston and directed by Ian Cotterell. Enyd Williams produced and directed the adaptation of The Valley of Fear and the 1998 version of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Each of the fifty-six short story adaptations were produced and directed by either Enyd Williams or Patrick Rayner. The head writer for the series was Bert Coules. The other writers were David Ashton, Michael Bakewell, Roger Danes, Robert Forrest, Denys Hawthorne, Gerry Jones, Peter Ling, Vincent McInerney and Peter Mackie.[3]

The broadcast of the last dramatisation, the 1998 version of The Hound of the Baskervilles, marked the first time that the same two actors had played Holmes and Watson in dramatisations of all sixty stories on radio[5] or any other medium.[2] This was not accomplished again until 2016 when the American radio series The Classic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was completed.[6] It had almost been accomplished in the 1930s radio series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in which all but one of the stories were adapted.[7]

Bert Coules wrote a book about the radio dramatisations of the Sherlock Holmes canon. The book, titled 221 BBC, also includes information about the follow-up BBC radio series The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.[8]

EpisodesEdit

A Study In ScarletEdit

Two one-hour episodes adapted from A Study In Scarlet were recorded October 1989, at BBC studios, Maida Vale, London and first broadcast on 5 and 12 November 1989.

No.
overall
No. in
series
Episode title First broadcast[9]
1 1 "Revenge" 5 November 1989
2 2 "In the Country of the Saints" 12 November 1989

The Sign of the FourEdit

The following episodes were adapted from the novel The Sign of the Four.

No.
overall
No. in
series
Episode title First broadcast
3 1 "Timbertoe" 10 December 1989
4 2 "The Great Agra Treasure" 17 December 1989

The Adventures of Sherlock HolmesEdit

The following episodes were adapted from the short story collection The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

No.
overall
No. in
series
Episode title[10] First broadcast
5 1 "A Scandal in Bohemia" 7 November 1990
6 2 "The Red-headed League" 14 November 1990
7 3 "A Case of Identity" 21 November 1990
8 4 "The Boscombe Valley Mystery" 28 November 1990
9 5 "The Five Orange Pips" 5 December 1990
10 6 "The Man with the Twisted Lip" 12 December 1990
11 7 "The Blue Carbuncle" 2 January 1991
12 8 "The Speckled Band" 9 January 1991
13 9 "The Engineer's Thumb" 16 January 1991
14 10 "The Noble Bachelor" 23 January 1991
15 11 "The Beryl Coronet" 30 January 1991
16 12 "The Copper Beeches" 6 February 1991

The Memoirs of Sherlock HolmesEdit

The following episodes were adapted from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.

No.
overall
No. in
series
Episode title[11] First broadcast
17 1 "Silver Blaze" 8 January 1992
18 2 "The Yellow Face" 15 January 1992
19 3 "The Stockbroker's Clerk" 22 January 1992
20 4 "The Gloria Scott" 29 January 1992
21 5 "The Musgrave Ritual" 5 February 1992
22 6 "The Reigate Squires" 12 February 1992
23 7 "The Crooked Man" 7 October 1992
24 8 "The Resident Patient" 14 October 1992
25 9 "The Greek Interpreter" 21 October 1992
26 10 "The Naval Treaty" 28 October 1992
27 11 "The Final Problem" 4 November 1992

The Return of Sherlock HolmesEdit

The following episodes were adapted from The Return of Sherlock Holmes.

No.
overall
No. in
series
Episode title[12] First broadcast
28 1 "The Empty House" 24 February 1993
29 2 "The Norwood Builder" 3 March 1993
30 3 "The Dancing Men" 19 March 1993
31 4 "The Solitary Cyclist" 17 March 1993
32 5 "The Priory School" 24 March 1993
33 6 "Black Peter" 31 March 1993
34 7 "Charles Augustus Milverton" 7 April 1993
35 8 "The Six Napoleons" 8 September 1993
36 9 "The Three Students" 15 September 1993
37 10 "The Golden Pince-nez" 22 September 1993
38 11 "The Missing Three-quarter" 29 September 1993
39 12 "The Abbey Grange" 6 October 1993
40 13 "The Second Stain" 13 October 1993

His Last BowEdit

The following episodes were adapted from His Last Bow.

No.
overall
No. in
series
Episode title[13] First broadcast
41 1 "Wisteria Lodge" 5 January 1994
42 2 "The Cardboard Box" 12 January 1994
43 3 "The Red Circle" 19 January 1994
44 4 "The Bruce-Partington Plans" 26 January 1994
45 5 "The Dying Detective" 2 February 1994
46 6 "The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax" 9 February 1994
47 7 "The Devil's Foot" 16 February 1994
48 8 "His Last Bow" 23 February 1994

The Case-book of Sherlock HolmesEdit

The following episodes were adapted from The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes.

No.
overall
No. in
series
Episode title[14] First broadcast[9]
49 1 "The Illustrious Client" 21 September 1994
50 2 "The Blanched Soldier" 28 September 1994
51 3 "The Mazarin Stone" 5 October 1994
52 4 "The Three Gables" 12 October 1994
53 5 "The Sussex Vampire" 19 October 1994
54 6 "The Three Garridebs" 16 October 1994
55 7 "The Problem of Thor Bridge" 22 February 1995
56 8 "The Creeping Man" 1 March 1995
57 9 "The Lion's Mane" 8 March 1995
58 10 "The Veiled Lodger" 15 March 1995
59 11 "Shoscombe Old Place" 22 March 1995
60 12 "The Retired Colourman" 29 March 1995

The Valley of FearEdit

The following episodes were adapted from the novel The Valley of Fear.

No.
overall
No. in
series
Episode title[15] First broadcast
61 1 "The Scowrers" 23 March 1997
62 2 "The Tragedy of Birlstone" 30 March 1997

The Hound of the BaskervillesEdit

The following episodes were adapted from the novel The Hound of the Baskervilles.

No.
overall
No. in
series
Episode title First broadcast
63 1 "The Powers of Evil" 28 June 1998
64 2 "Death On The Moor" 5 July 1998

The Further Adventures of Sherlock HolmesEdit

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, a series consisting of original stories written exclusively by Bert Coules was then commissioned, but following Williams' death from cancer in 2001, he was replaced by Andrew Sachs. The episodes of The Further Adventures were based on throwaway references in Doyle's short stories and novels.

Four of the five original stories transmitted in 2002 are also available on audio cassette and CD, and four of the five original stories transmitted in 2004 are available on CD.

EpisodesEdit

Episode no. Episode title[16]
1 "The Madness of Colonel Warburton"
2 "The Star of the Adelphi"
3 "The Singular Inheritance of Miss Gloria Wilson"
4 "The Saviour of Cripplegate Square"
5 "The Abergavenny Murder"
6 "The Shameful Betrayal of Miss Emily Smith"
7 "The Determined Client"
8 "The Tragedy of Hanbury Street"
9 "The Striking Success of Miss Franny Blossom"
10 "The Thirteen Watches"
11 "The Peculiar Persecution Of Mr John Vincent Harden"
12 "The Ferrers Documents"
13 "The Remarkable Performance Of Mr Frederick Merridew"
14 "The Eyes Of Horus"
15 "The Marlbourne Point Mystery - Part 1"
16 "The Marlbourne Point Mystery - Part 2"

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Classic Serial: A Study in Scarlet: 1: Revenge". BBC Genome: Radio Times. BBC. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  2. ^ a b Coules, Bert. "The Background". The complete audio Sherlock Holmes. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  3. ^ a b Coules, Bert. "The Production Team". The BBC audio complete Sherlock Holmes. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  4. ^ "The Hound of the Baskervilles: 1: The Baskerville Curse". BBC Genome: Radio Times. BBC. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  5. ^ Redmond, Christopher (2009). Sherlock Holmes Handbook: Second Edition. Dundurn. pp. 231–232. ISBN 9781459718982.
  6. ^ "Cast and Crew". Imagination Theatre. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  7. ^ Dickerson, Ian (2019). Sherlock Holmes and His Adventures on American Radio. BearManor Media. p. 49. ISBN 978-1629335087.
  8. ^ Coules, Bert. "The Book of the Series". The BBC audio complete Sherlock Holmes. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  9. ^ a b Coules, Bert. "Casts and Credits". The BBC complete audio Sherlock Holmes. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  10. ^ "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Episodes from 2008". bbc.co.uk. 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2009-03-21.
  11. ^ "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - Episodes from 2008". bbc.co.uk. 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2009-03-21.
  12. ^ "The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Episodes from 2008". bbc.co.uk. 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2009-03-21.
  13. ^ " Sherlock Holmes: His Last Bow - Episodes from 2008". bbc.co.uk. 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2009-03-21.
  14. ^ " Sherlock Holmes: His Last Bow - Episodes from 2008". bbc.co.uk. 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2009-03-21.
  15. ^ " Sherlock Holmes: The Valley of Fear - Episodes".
  16. ^ "The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Episodes from 2008". bbc.co.uk. 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2009-03-21.