Undershaw - Saturation Point

As regular readers will know, I have been following local press coverage of Undershaw.

Undershaw - Apparent Press Bias

The Surrey Press continues to disappoint with its coverage of the battles surrounding Undershaw.

Review: Petr Kopl's comic-book A Scandal in Bohemia *Updated

Yesterday I purchased signed copies of A Scandal in Bohemia and The Hound of the Baskervilles. Two comic-book versions of the Sherlock Holmes stories by Czech illustrator Petr Kopl.

New Comic Book Holmes

I attended an event at the Sherlock Holmes Hotel today where I acquired two new items.

It's a twisted world

Only recently I was bemoaning all the things that were getting in the way of me completing my first draft. Now the situation is slightly different.

Too many hurdles

Can someone tell me why, as I get closer to the end of the first draft, that I seem to get more and more things in my way....?

Undershaw latest - my support reluctantly withheld

Last week I read articles in both the Haslemere Herald and Surrey Advertiser re the collapse of the deal between Stepping Stones (SS)/DFN Foundation (DFN) and the Undershaw Preservation Trust (UPT).

Review: Sherlock Holmes in a New Light

As mentioned earlier, I recently visited the Sherlock Holmes exhibition at the Museum of London. I neglected to mention what happened later.

It's nearly over....

In May of 2015 I will stand down from my position on the Council of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London. My three year term will be over.

Museum of London - Sherlock Exhibition

Yesterday I finally got myself along to the Sherlock Holmes exhibition at the museum of London.

Undershaw: This has to stop now!

In my opinion the Undershaw saga has taken a very unpleasant, even spiteful, turn and it has to stop.

Museum of London exhibition

I had an invitation to a preview viewing of the Sherlock Holmes exhibition at the Museum of London and I didn't go.

RLG Collection and RNIB

Yesterday saw me at Portsmouth Library undertaking training on how to audio describe things for the blind and partially sighted.

Lost William Gillette film - found!

Well you will probably have heard it already elsewhere but William Gillette's lost Sherlock Holmes film has been found.

Undershaw: The proposed plans

Yesterday the BBC, via its website, made available an image of how it is proposed Undershaw will look in the future.

Today's celebs have it easy

Barely a day goes by when some celebrity or other is not complaining about their portrayal in the media. I'm not saying that they don't get unfairly treated but they have it easy compared to some.

A pressie from Canada

I got home last night to a nice package from Canada.

Houdini - Mini series - Part 2 Review

Here I move on to review part two of the Houdini series starring Adrien Brody. I must warn of spoilers.

Houdini - Mini series - Part 1 Review

Last night I got round to watching part one of the Houdini mini-series. My thoughts follow.....

Conan Doyle Estate - Latest

So, the latest is that the ACD Estate is trying another avenue in its efforts to ensure that certain elements of Holmes remain in copyright.

A request for advice

I tried asking this on Twitter and did not get a single response. So I'm putting it here. This is a serious question that will have an impact on my next book.

"Filling the void" is going too far

People are truly getting desperate in their quest for something to write about series four of Sherlock.

ACD Dramatisation - an idea?

Over the years there have been many dramas about Conan Doyle and aspects of his life but, as far as I know, two significant aspects have not been brought to the screen.

Why do I do this to myself?

Anyone who was present at the recent Stoddart Dinner will know how worked up I was about my talk.

Undershaw - Change of use apparently approved.

It would appear from Twitter than the planning application to change Undershaw's usage designation has been approved.

Sherlockian to Doylean - A natural progression?

Is it a natural progression to move from being a Sherlockian to a Doylean?

Stoddart Dinner Report

Given how much I've gone on about the Stoddart dinner you may be expecting a blog post on it.

Stoddart Dinner - An appeal

On Saturday August 30th the Sherlock Holmes Society of London held a dinner to celebrate the 125th anniversary of a very special dinner.

Stoddart Dinner - It's not long now...

The Stoddart Dinner will be held at the Langham Hotel a week on Saturday. I thought I'd provide some notes for those interested (whether attending or not).

Colour me surprised

As regular readers will know, I am presently working on a biography of Conan Doyle's Windlesham years. The reason I waited almost three years after the publication of my last book came down to one word.

Trading on the name....?

Over the years there have been many versions of Holmes and Watson but is there a point at which the characters are just trading on the name?

Most popular posts

Out of curiosity I thought I'd have a look and see what the most read posts on my blog have been since its launch.

S-list celeb - my thoughts

On his fascinating blog, Brad Keefauver waxes lyrical about the concept of the S-List celebrity.

Sherlock Holmes at the Museum of London

It's not long now until the Sherlock Holmes Exhibition opens at the Museum of London.

Colonel Moran and Curry

Britain's love affair with curry began in the mid-nineteenth century. People who had been based in India brought their love of spice back to the mother country and a fascination was born that has never gone away.

Stoddart Dinner Invitations

This post is intended for those of you attending the Stoddart Dinner hosted by the SHSL.

Book Review: Oscar Slater - The 'Immortal' Case of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Now this is a not a new book but, as it has formed part of my research, I felt I owed it a review.

Updated! Undershaw - The current situation (I think)

The situation with Undershaw can come across as a little confusing. Here is my assessment of where it is at the moment.

Good meeting

Well last night saw me at the Guildhall for the Council meeting of The Sherlock Holmes Society of London.

Conan Doyle and the 'militants'

In November of last year I wrote a short post on Arthur Conan Doyle's position towards women and how it could see him cast as both hero and villain.

Undershaw EH Listing Latest!

Well I've finally had the opportunity to review the latest report from English Heritage on the request to raise Undershaw's listing status from Grade II upwards.

A nice review

I've recently had a review of my most recent book brought to my attention.

Book progress

Well I feel it is time for a little update on my progress with my biography of Conan Doyle's Windlesham years.

Reaction to series four announcement

As you probably know, yesterday saw the official release of the news that there would be a fourth series of Sherlock.

Russian Sherlock - What's going on?

There was much excitement when it emerged that Russia was, once again, going to produce a Sherlock Holmes series.

UPDATE Baker Street Tube Shock!

This morning I was made aware of some shocking news regarding the Baker Street Tube Station.

Stoddart Dinner - An Update

Yet another little post about the upcoming Stoddart Dinner being hosted at the Langham Hotel by The Sherlock Holmes Society of London.

Would Conan Doyle like 'Sherlock' ?

I came across a Tweet yesterday which linked to a short video in which Steven Moffat responded to the question 'what would Conan Doyle have thought of Sherlock?'

Who are the readership?

I'm sure this is the same for other blogging platforms but Blogger provides some interesting statistics on blog consumption.

Thoughts on Sherlockian blogs and social media

There have been websites that revolved around Sherlock Holmes since the Web came into being but it is getting harder to find the focused ones.

Book update June 6 2014

It is almost exactly two months since I wrote the first words of my biography of Conan Doyle's years in Crowborough (1907-1930).

Spiritualism reading - A History of Ghosts

As part of my research for my latest book I have been delving into the world of Spiritualism.

I would like to observe....

That a look at the list of all issues of The Strand published is an interesting exercise.

2013 Montpellier Award

A few weeks ago I mentioned I was in the running for the 2013 Montpellier Award. 

Guest posts - The rules...

In light of an email I received the other day I thought I would clarify my stance on guest posts.

Do you love Sherlock Holmes? Okay, which one?

Okay, when I say 'love' here I mean 'like' or consider yourself a 'fan' of rather than anything more romantic. However, if you meet someone who claims to love Holmes it is worth asking them the follow up question.


Last night saw the 2014 Annual General Meeting of The Sherlock Holmes Society of London at the National Liberal Club, London.

My collecting continues

Back in September of last year I wrote a post on collecting and how best to determine what, as a Sherlockian, to focus on.

Book update

I just thought I'd let you all know that I've been making progress on the new book.

Greedy Sherlockians revisited

Back in October of 2012 I wrote a post that explored the notion that, collectively, we have become greedy Sherlockians.

Stoddart Dinner - Update

I recently wrote on this blog about the dinner being held at the Langham Hotel in London on August 30th in honour of J.M Stoddart.

Windlesham Update

I reported quite recently that I had embarked on a biographical account of Arthur Conan Doyle's Windlesham years.

Sherlock: Where is all the speculation?

Is it just me or is there limited speculation surrounding Sherlock since the end of series three?

Writing and stuff

As regular readers will know, I have been trying to get going on a new book.

A Unique event - The Stoddart Dinner

I am in the position to give some details about a unique occasion to be hosted by The Sherlock Holmes Society of London this August.

A great honour

Yesterday I received my latest Log from The Sydney Passengers and it contained a nice surprise.

Further thoughts on Undershaw news

Yesterday evening I wrote a quick opinion piece on the news that Undershaw is to become a school...

Undershaw - Sorry but I'm not celebrating yet

Well people are popping champagne corks re the news that Undershaw has been "saved". I'm reserving judgement.

Musings on "Hands of a Murderer"

In my last post I talked about my Holmes and Moriarty galleries and this in turn reminded me that I needed to add a Moriarty.

I was recently asked a question....

Yesterday, I was asked on Twitter why I don't have a picture of JLM as Holmes amongst my many Holmeses at the top of this blog.

Do non-canonical Holmes films get remade?

As we all know, there have been many, many Sherlock Holmes films. Sherlock Holmes is the most filmed character there is (a battle that rages between him and Dracula). Yet do the films ever get re-made?

A bit of self-therapy

I'm going to conjure up the past if you’ll indulge me. 

Sherlock(ish) item on eBay

Some time ago I made some posts featuring Sherlock Holmes related oddities from eBay. I thought I would resume today.

The "Real" Sherlock Holmes - Give us a break!

If you're writing a book with "Sherlock Holmes" on the cover at least make sure it is actually linked solidly to Sherlock Holmes.

Dr Watson - Why buffoon?

Throughout the course of Sherlock Holmes adaptations Watson has been depicted in a few different ways.

Sherlock Vs Elementary - Has there been a shift in judgement?

A little over a year ago I wrote a post entitled The Elementary Problem. In this post I made the observation that Elementary was probably being judged more harshly for its mistakes than its BBC counterpart.

A moment in history May 16th 2010

Yes that's a rather pretentious title but I could not resist it.

Updated - Without Undershaw etc

I state up front that I am big supporter of the Save Undershaw campaign (as most people know) but I must take issue (again) with a line that keeps getting put about in connection with the house.

Does the internet fill the gaps?

It is now widely stated on the Internet (rightly or wrongly) that we are likely to see Sherlock series 4 in 2016. Now, we've put up with a two-year wait before but will we do so again?

A Study in domesticity

In the Canon Arthur Conan Doyle gave us very little insight into the domestic lives of Holmes or Watson. This was apparently based on a desire to avoid what he saw as irrelevance.

Victorian Holmes - Done to death?

When the BBC announced Sherlock there were mutterings about having a contemporary Holmes. I was amongst those who went on record to say that we’d prefer a Victorian Holmes (I have nothing against Sherlock before you start lighting torches). In response there were people who said that Victorian Holmes had been done to death.

But has it really? 

Time for some Wontner love

My favourite early Holmes actor (and the one I commenced with in my book Eliminate the Impossible) is Arthur Wontner.

A little inappropriate

I just came across a rather tactless article from The Daily Chronicle of February 14 1908.

The Sherlock Holmes Museum

The Sherlock Holmes Museum on Baker Street is currently "enjoying" publicity following its reaction to a job enquiry. Now seems a good time to take a look at it.

Very unimpressed

When I was researching my books access to on-line newspaper archives was vital. It seems now that one of the most important has become the victim of a, frankly, absurd business model.

Bridging the financial gap

The recent guest post from Australia which bemoaned the lack of Sherlock Fandom organisation down-under got me thinking…is the gap that appears to exist between Fandom and traditional societies financial as much as cultural?

Keep Moriarty dead - there are other great villains

I've said before that I don't want Moriarty to really be back in Sherlock. Here I propose the villiains that series four should really draw on.

Guest post: Holmes Down Under

Without beating around the bush, as we say here, I’ll get straight to the point. While Europe and the U.S. are spoilt with conventions, Q&As, autographing sessions, meet-and-greets, special appearances, awards ceremonies and societies (need I continue?) we Sherlockians in Australia must survive on breadcrumbs..... 

Cliff-hanger or question?

I may be a little slow but I've just realised that only series one of Sherlock has so far ended on a cliff-hanger – well a cliff-hanger in my terms.

Let's do what we always do at this time.....speculate wildly.

In the event that you've not watched His Last Vow yet please keep away from this post. You will not be happy at what is revealed herein.

Is Sherlock Holmes sexy?

So is the great detective sexy? Fandom needs to take a deep breath before it screams yes at me...

I want to make this lady a star

The YouTube reaction video was a concept that I was unfamiliar with until the aftermath of The Reichenbach Fall. I watched a number of these and was staggered at the content.

Some elements of fandom need to get a grip

I don’t pretend to know an awful lot about the activities of fandom – and by this I am referring  to the social media savvy fans whose Sherlockian interest largely revolves around BBC Sherlock – but as a body it can be awfully touchy and has a tendency to the very intolerance it seems to identify and abhor in others.

A reminder re post comments

I do state this clearly in my FAQ page but it would appear that I need to mention it again....

Sherlock Holmes polls - what is the point?

I'm now wondering what the point is of internet polls in which people are invited to nominate their choice for best screen Holmes.

Well we can now breathe out a little

We can now relax a little. Those of us who have been trying to keep as quiet as possible about Sherlock series three can now speak a little more freely now the US has seen episode one.

Undershaw - My honest opinion

Undershaw has had some coverage recently with a mention on BBC radio and in the BBC's programme Countryfile. So I feel it is now time to look at the options once again.

Spoliers: Why I don't trust Mofftiss anymore

On tumblr and message boards alike fans are turning themselves into pretzels in an effort to make sense of the senseless. Among other things they are trying to find out:

Spoiler(ish) So what do we do now?

Once again we are entering a Sherlock hiatus. Will it be different this time?

Spoilers!!! - Silke's Sherlock Series Three Assessment

My new "partner in blog" Silke Ketelsen now offers up her assessment of series three. You know the drill folks. Put your tin hats on and strap yourselves in. 


Slightly spoilery - My assessment of Sherlock series three

The last post by Silke has attracted some ire on Twitter with some thinking that I was the author. In view of this I thought I would offer my assessment of series three. It is slightly spoilery so you may find some surprises if you've not been watching all the trailers so beware.

Spoilers: When fanon becomes canon – or why I don't love series 3 so far

This post was written by new regular contributor, Silke Ketelsen and was written before episode three of series three was broadcast. As those who know her have come to expect, it is robust and pulls no punches.


Spoilers - I'm not entirely happy

Although I enjoyed His Last Vow I have one major quibble with how it ended.

Seriously, go no further if you don't want major spoilers!!!

Spoiler free - Review of His Last Vow

Well, after two years of waiting the series is over and we're back to another wait. However it was a stunning episode.

Why was Holmes resurrected?

Following on from my post about fan influence, it has been suggested to me that Sherlock Holmes was resurrected due to fan interest/influence. This is not quite true.

Announcement - New contributor

Doyleockian is no longer a one-man operation. I've taken on a recruit....

Spoilery - There's Something about Mary

Warning - I shall be discussing Mary Morstan from Sherlock in this post. In order to do so I shall be revealing aspects of series three. Do NOT read further if you don't want spoilers.

Guest post: Warning Spoilers!!!! - Review of The Empty Hearse

Right, I'm going to be as blunt as I can. The following guest post reviews The Empty Hearse and contains spoliers. If Sherlock series three is yet to screen in your country I suggest you step away from this post.

You have been warned - APD

His Last Vow - Trailer

Here is the trailer for the episode that will decimate the Sherlock fandom for the next two years or so....

Who is Sherlock for?

Do the more intense fans of Sherlock have too much influence?

Spoiler free review – The Sign of Three

After the roller-coaster ride of The Empty Hearse we return to form with the second episode of Sherlock series 3. 

Guest post: Book Review of "Erasing Sherlock" by Kelly Hale

Please find below the latest guest post. This is a book review provided by the formidable Silke Ketelsen.

Spoiler Free - Review "The Empty Hearse" Sherlock S3E1

Okay. So you’re about to compose the story of Sherlock’s return. What kind of plot do you want to craft?