If you’ve come to love Sherlock Holmes via BBC Sherlock, or are a lifelong Sherlockian, The Sherlock Holmes Miscellany is an ideal place to refer and learn in detail about the adventures of the World’s Greatest Detective in his original incarnation as written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Here’s the full synopsis:
This miscellany explores the fascinating and enigmatic world of Sherlock Holmes, his place in literary history and how he has become the iconic, timeless character who is loved by millions. Contains facts, trivia and quotes from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary stories, the reader can also explore the often weird and wonderful characters who graced Conan Doyle’s pages. Do you know the difference between a Penang Lawyer and a Tide-Waiter? And if you think a ‘life preserver’ is a cork-filled flotation device, how does Wilson Kemp fit one into the sleeve of his jacket? The Sherlock Holmes Miscellany is light-hearted and highly informative, and perfect for both the Sherlock aficionado and those new to the world of 221B Baker Street. ROGER JOHNSON and JEAN UPTON have been members of The Sherlock Holmes Society for many years and have both regularly contributed to its popular journal – a publication which Roger himself edits. Other Sherlockian publications they have written for include The Baker Street Journal (American), The Passengers’ Log (Australian), The Musgrave Papers (British) and The Ritual (British). Having met through a mutual long-time interest in Sherlock Holmes, Roger and Jean’s wedding was attended by Dame Jean Conan Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s daughter. Together they are joint custodians of the 221b sitting room at The Sherlock Holmes pub in London.
The National Geographic Channel this week takes a look at how the fictional world of Sherlock Holmes helped change the way real life crimes were solved.
In How Sherlock Changed The World forensic scientists, crime historians and Sherlockian experts reveal the surprising impact Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional character had on the development of real-life crime investigations and forensic science.
A crime fighter before his time, Holmes popularised techniques, instruments and a special method of reasoning that went on to solve many crimes.
An advocate of protecting crime scenes from contamination, as well as subjecting minute pieces of trace evidence to tremendous scientific security, Holmes relied on toxicology and ballistics and examined shoe and tyre impressions, blood stains, fingerprints and handwriting long before it became standard procedure.
Exploring how he solved crimes through seemingly inconsequential details and invisible evidence, this documentary explores the influence of his master sleuthing, revealing why he is the only fictional character ever to be honoured by the Royal Chemistry Society.
As well as hearing from scientists, detectives and even criminals who were inspired by him, many of the high-profile crimes that have been solved thanks to his ingenious and revolutionary techniques are explored.
How Sherlock Changed The World, the UK Premiere,this Tuesday, October 8th, at 8pm on National Geographic.
Bartitsu is the eccentric “mixed martial art” founded in London in the late 1800s as a combination of Japanese jujitsu, Swiss/French cane fighting and British boxing. It was famously written into the Sherlock Holmes stories (misspelled as “baritsu”) when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle needed a deus ex machina device to explain how Holmes had defeated his arch-nemesis, Professor Moriarty, in their battle at the Reichenbach Falls.
First look at the BBC’s Sherlock and John in the ‘Is That My Holmes?’ and ‘Is That My Watson?’ parodies by Andy Murray and Deakin Brook.
The books cover all the major parings of film and television incarnations of Holmes and Watson, in the style of the children’s book 'Is that my Dinosaur?'
Is That My Holmes?
Who’s your favourite Sherlock Holmes? Benedict Cumberbatch or Rob Downey Jr.? Jonny Lee Miller or Jeremy Brett? It’s so hard to choose, so spare a thought for poor Dr Watson faced with so many Sherlocks old and new, what will he do? Who’s so the wrong height? Who’s too black and white? Who’s too pale of face? Who’s in the wrong place? Who’s the right Sherlock in Doc Watson’s view? And is Watson’s Sherlock the Sherlock for you?
Published 2 December 2013, but available now for Pre-order HERE
Is That My Watson
Who’s your favourite Dr Watson? Martin Freeman or Jude Law? Lucy Liu or Edward Hardwicke? It’s so hard to choose, so spare a thought for poor Sherlock Holmes faced with so many Watsons old and new, what will he do? Who’s too techno-garish? Who’s too teddy-bearish? Who’s maybe too pretty? Who’s in the wrong city? Who’s the right Watson in Holmes’s own view? And is Sherlock’s Watson the Watson for you?
Published 2 December 2013, but available now for Pre-order HERE
Sherlock 1:6 scale figures will soon be available to pre-order
Featuring fully realised and approved likenesses of actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, each figure comes in a beautifully tailored costume, with signature accessories and a display base. Each figure is numbered and comes with an accompanying certificate of authenticity.
The numbered figures are available exclusively from www.bigchiefstudios.co.uk and will be offered in both Signature and Limited Editions. The figures will also be available in ultra-limited numbered pairs.
Buy both Sherlock and Watson as a pair and receive a limited time discount off the total price, plus an exclusive FREE gift. Signature Edition figures are strictly one of each character per customer.
If you have already registered your interest in the Sherlock figures, you will have been automatically included for ADVANCE PRIORITY PRE-ORDER NOTIFICATION. If you have not yet registered your interest and would like to be notified in advance of the general pre-order, then simply click here and complete your details to be added to the mailing list. You will receive an email in advance with links to access the figures.
To ensure that everyone has an equal chance to secure the signed figures, they are separating the pre-order days for the numbered pairs and single figures.
Various payment options available to purchase the figures, which are open to everyone, no credit checks required.
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