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Meeting with WBC re Undershaw

Next week I head, with John Gibson and Lynn Gale to:



We have a meeting with the chief exec of the council to discuss the future of Undershaw. Rest assured that I shall blog about it in as much detail as possible soon afterwards.

If you wish, please leave a good luck comment on this post or on my Doyleockian Facebook page (link on the right).

For background read this article.


For more information on Arthur Conan Doyle and his time at Undershaw please refer to my book, An Entirely New Country which is available through all good bookstores including Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Classic Specialities, and in all electronic formats including iTunes, Kobo, Nook and Kindle .

The Norwood Author is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Waterstones UK, Amazon UK,  Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon Kindle, iBooks for the iPad/iPhone, Kobo Books, Nook.

Close to Holmes is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USABarnes and NobleAmazon UKWaterstones UKAmazon KindleKoboNook  and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Eliminate the Impossible is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Is parallel Sherlock a good or bad thing?


Right now we are living through a period where we have three parallel Sherlocks. We have the RDJ incarnation, that of Mr Cumberbatch and, most recently, that of Mr Miller.

The question I want to ask is what influence do they have on each other and is it good or bad?

Ian Richardson
Before we look at this, let’s go back to the 1980s. They opened with two television movies starring Ian Richardson. For reasons we need not re-cover he gave way to the Granada series starring the great Jeremy Brett. Now, before anyone screams “what about the Russian series?” - I’m confining myself to what was broadcast in the UK.

The Granada series proceeded basically unchallenged. There was nothing for it to be judged against – at least, not in parallel. Of course the series was judged against those that had come before it but it had no direct rivals. In the beginning this clearly did not matter as the quality was first-rate but, as time went by, the standard dropped. This was caused, in part, by budget cuts and Brett’s declining health. However, if a rival series had started up would Granada have raised its game?

Jeremy Brett

Of the three Sherlocks we have now, only one (RDJ) is in the Victorian period so the influence he has on the others is probably relatively minor. However, the Cumberbatch and Miller incarnations, despite being apart geographically, are together chronologically and therefore are subjected to constant comparison.

Freeman and Cumberbatch
BBC Sherlock undeniably set the standard with its canon adherence and characterisations. Elementary has changed an awful lot of the Holmes world and one has to ask whether this was done purely to distance itself from the British outing or whether it was done because its writers simply thought they could do it better their own way (or both).

It is clear that, at the present time, the British Sherlock is the most powerful (or influential). To what extent this is due to it being the first or more canonical is open to question. What is, I think, beyond debate is the fact that while Miller’s series is repeatedly judged against Sherlock it is rare that it is the other way round. Sherlock is still seen as how it should be done.

Miller and Liu
When Elementary has broadcast a little longer Miller will have spent more screen time as Sherlock than Cumberbatch. Will this change things with regards to influence? Will Sherlock start being measured against Elementary? Personally I don’t think so. Sherlock casts a long shadow and Elementary will have to work a lot harder before it can escape that shadow. If you doubt that, ask yourself this simple question – if the next series of Sherlock and that of Elementary began at the same time, on the same day which would you watch at broadcast time and which would you record for later?

Sherlock series three will be interesting. It will be the first series filmed and shown since Elementary hit the screens. Will it change or will it stay the same? In my opinion it should not change but the presence of Elementary is bound to have some effect on it even if it is only minor or subconscious. This is something we will all have to look out for.

I think the presence of Elementary is good for Sherlock as a reminder, if it were needed, that there are pretenders to the throne. For Elementary its rival’s presence is not so good. It is a reminder that there is something it will always be measured against and because of its efforts to be different and the resultant drift from the canon it will always be found wanting even if only to a minor extent.




For more information on Arthur Conan Doyle and his time at Undershaw please refer to my book, An Entirely New Country which is available through all good bookstores including Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Classic Specialities, and in all electronic formats including iTunes, Kobo, Nook and Kindle .

The Norwood Author is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Waterstones UK, Amazon UK,  Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon Kindle, iBooks for the iPad/iPhone, Kobo Books, Nook.

Close to Holmes is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USABarnes and NobleAmazon UKWaterstones UKAmazon KindleKoboNook  and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Eliminate the Impossible is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Kickstarter target reached





For more information on Arthur Conan Doyle and his time at Undershaw please refer to my book, An Entirely New Country which is available through all good bookstores including Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Classic Specialities, and in all electronic formats including iTunes, Kobo, Nook and Kindle .

The Norwood Author is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Waterstones UK, Amazon UK,  Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon Kindle, iBooks for the iPad/iPhone, Kobo Books, Nook.

Close to Holmes is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USABarnes and NobleAmazon UKWaterstones UKAmazon KindleKoboNook  and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Eliminate the Impossible is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Comments - A Reminder

Hi.

If you comment on a post please make the comment relevant to the subject of the post. I currently delete about one comment a week where it is not related to the post it's been attached to.

Elementary - Just in case you're wondering

There has naturally been a lot of blog posts and other commentary surrounding U.S. Series Elementary and how good/bad it is, how it compares to Sherlock, how faithful it is and so on.


With the occasional exception I have kept largely quiet on this issue. Rest assured that I am not ignoring it intentionally. It is simply the case that, to date, I have only seen the pilot. I don't have access to Sky and hence have not seen the show when it has been broadcast over here.

Through my Scoop.It page I am happy to make the comments of others (both good and bad) more readily available. My only observation to date seems to be that people either seem to think the show is awful (because they simply don't like it or they don't believe it should be allowed to exist alongside Sherlock) or they think it is an okay show in itself but not really canonical.

I'm yet to read an opinion that praises the show as being in any way faithful to the source material or that thinks it will stand the test of time. Am I just looking in the wrong places? Do such really positive opinions exist? Feel free to point me in the direction of such articles and I shall put them out there for further debate.


For more information on Arthur Conan Doyle and his time at Undershaw please refer to my book, An Entirely New Country which is available through all good bookstores including Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Classic Specialities, and in all electronic formats including iTunes, Kobo, Nook and Kindle .

The Norwood Author is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Waterstones UK, Amazon UK,  Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon Kindle, iBooks for the iPad/iPhone, Kobo Books, Nook.

Close to Holmes is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USABarnes and NobleAmazon UKWaterstones UKAmazon KindleKoboNook  and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Eliminate the Impossible is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle in about 3 minutes

I recently came across this rather amusing animation that attempts to explain Arthur Conan Doyle's life in about three minutes. It's not 100% accurate but it's close enough to be educational.




For more information on Arthur Conan Doyle and his time at Undershaw please refer to my book, An Entirely New Country which is available through all good bookstores including Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Classic Specialities, and in all electronic formats including iTunes, Kobo, Nook and Kindle .

The Norwood Author is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Waterstones UK, Amazon UK,  Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon Kindle, iBooks for the iPad/iPhone, Kobo Books, Nook.

Close to Holmes is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USABarnes and NobleAmazon UKWaterstones UKAmazon KindleKoboNook  and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Eliminate the Impossible is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

The Old Horse - Conan Doyle close to death


In 1930, after he collapsed at home, Arthur Conan Doyle drew a sketch called “The Old Horse”. The title referred to him and in the drawing he depicted the eponymous horse pulling a cart into which he had placed all his life’s achievements and the various significant life steps along the way.

The most recent step in the journey depicted Conan Doyle as he was – in his sick bed. He clearly did not expect it to be his death bed.



The contents of the cart are interesting as they give an insight into how Conan Doyle felt about his achievements. The size of the packages gives a good indication as to how big a part of his life he considered things to be. The package for Sherlock Holmes who was a regular part of his life from 1886 to 1927 was of a similar size to that given to his experiences in the Langman Hospital in South Africa which covered only a few months. As close to death as he turned out to be Conan Doyle was not prepared to see Sherlock Holmes in the same terms as the rest of the world saw him.



For more information on Arthur Conan Doyle and his time at Undershaw please refer to my book, An Entirely New Country which is available through all good bookstores including Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Classic Specialities, and in all electronic formats including iTunes, Kobo, Nook and Kindle .

The Norwood Author is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Waterstones UK, Amazon UK,  Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon Kindle, iBooks for the iPad/iPhone, Kobo Books, Nook.

Close to Holmes is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USABarnes and NobleAmazon UKWaterstones UKAmazon KindleKoboNook  and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Eliminate the Impossible is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Kickstarter Campaign for MX Publishing and Undershaw

Here is the video appeal by Steve Emecz of MX Publishing for money to translate the largely fan written book Sherlock's Home - The Empty House.



In the video Steve talks about the book, the Save Undershaw campaign and there is even a small plug for my book An Entirely New Country.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1229605719/internationalisation-of-sherlocks-home-the-empty-h


For more information on Arthur Conan Doyle and his time at Undershaw please refer to my book, An Entirely New Country which is available through all good bookstores including Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Classic Specialities, and in all electronic formats including iTunes, Kobo, Nook and Kindle .

The Norwood Author is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Waterstones UK, Amazon UK,  Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon Kindle, iBooks for the iPad/iPhone, Kobo Books, Nook.

Close to Holmes is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USABarnes and NobleAmazon UKWaterstones UKAmazon KindleKoboNook  and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Eliminate the Impossible is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Undershaw - My latest thoughts

I'm getting a little tired of pro-developer people who pop up to moan on news websites about the defeat the owners of Undershaw have suffered in the High Court.
Me, with my book, at Undershaw in November 2011

I just read one where a commentator asked whether anti-redevelopment supporters intended to sit on their "we won" laurels while the house continued to deteriorate and went on to doubt whether any alternative plan was in place.

For the record, it doesn't matter a jot whether or not there is an alternative plan right now. Having a different plan in place is not a prerequisite for fighting one that is inappropriate.

What has been bought now is some time. It is how that time is used that is important. Interested parties (including the present owners in theory) can put forward plans for the house as one structure and these can then be submitted to the local council for consideration. The positive thing at the moment is that while this is going on the only force attacking the building's fabric and history is nature and nature, in its defence, is not out to make a profit.



For more information on Arthur Conan Doyle and his time at Undershaw please refer to my book, An Entirely New Country which is available through all good bookstores including Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Classic Specialities, and in all electronic formats including iTunes, Kobo, Nook and Kindle .

The Norwood Author is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Waterstones UK, Amazon UK,  Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon Kindle, iBooks for the iPad/iPhone, Kobo Books, Nook.

Close to Holmes is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USABarnes and NobleAmazon UKWaterstones UKAmazon KindleKoboNook  and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Eliminate the Impossible is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.