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  • SHSI Editors
    Nov 29, 2014
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      From: "R JOHNSON" <shjournal@...>
      Date: 30/11/2014 4:12 am
      Subject: Douglas Wilmer - THE Sherlock Holmes
      To: "distmessenger@..." <distmessenger@...>

      A reminder that this year’s Baker Street Journal Christmas Annual, edited by Elaine & Jonathan McCafferty, will be a tribute to our distinguished Honorary Member Douglas Wilmer, BSI. It will only be available to subscribers to the BSJ, so if you want a copy, go to – www.bakerstreetjournal.com and take out a subscription.

      One contribution to the Annual - mine, as it happens - is already out of date, and happily so. It was written before we knew that the classic 1964-65 BBC TV series, in which Douglas Wilmer and Nigel Stock established themselves as the Holmes and Watson for a generation, is at last to be made available for home viewing in the UK. Not by the BBC, whose overseas arm has already released the series in the USA and France, but by the British Film Institute. Unlike the American and French releases, the recordings will be digitally restored, and there'll be reconstructions of the two episodes that survive only in part - The Bruce-Partington Plans and The Abbey Grange.

      The set can be pre-ordered from Amazon.co.uk.

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      Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes: The Classic BBC TV series.

      Regarded by many to be the best incarnation of the Baker Street sleuth, Douglas Wilmer gives a career-defining performance in this celebrated BBC series. Intelligent, quick on his heels, and bearing a striking resemblance to the original Sidney Paget illustrations, Wilmer's portrayal is possibly the closest to Conan Doyle's original vision that there has ever been. In 2012, his status as legend within the Sherlock pantheon was cemented when he was asked to make a cameo appearance in Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch.

      The first story in the series, The Speckled Band, was originally produced as part of the BBC drama strand Detectives. Appearing alongside Wilmer, as Holmes' loyal companion Dr John Watson, was the great Nigel Stock. Such was the success of the adaptation that Wilmer and Stock were reunited a year later for a full 12-part series. With a supporting cast that included Clochemerle star Peter Madden as Inspector Lestrade, TV veteran Derek Francis as Mycroft Holmes, and guest stars such as Peter Wyngarde (Department S, The Innocents) and Patrick Troughton (Doctor Who), the popularity of the series gave rise to a second series, in which the role of Sherlock was played by Peter Cushing.

      Presented for the first time on UK DVD, this classic series has been fully restored using materials from the BBC's archive, and includes two reconstructions of partially-surviving episodes, as well as an interview with Douglas Wilmer conducted by actor-comedian Toby Hadoke in 2012.

      Special features

          * Restored from the best available materials from the BBC's archive
          * Original 1964 Detectives pilot episode, and all surviving episodes of the 1965 series
          * Episode reconstructions of two missing episodes The Abbey Grange and The Bruce-Partington Plans, using all surviving footage and original scripts
          * An Interview with Douglas Wilmer (2012, Simon Harries, TBC mins): the iconic actor discusses his career in British film and television
          * Fully illustrated booklet with essays and full episode credits

      All Special features are TBC and subject to change

      UK | 1964-65 | black and white | English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 650 minutes | Original broadcast ratio 1.33:1 | 4 x DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital mono audio

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      Roger Johnson
      Editor: The Sherlock Holmes Journal

      THE SHERLOCK HOLMES MISCELLANY by Roger Johnson & Jean Upton, with a foreword by Gyles Brandreth
      "This work belongs in the hands of every Sherlockian who has had to explain the lure of Baker Street."  —The Baker Street Journal