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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Literal Discoveries Vol. 3: The Methods of Mr Sherlock Holmes

I love Sherlock Holmes, and read every story and every novel that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about the famous detective. And I also downright adore the British TV series from the late 1980's to early 1990's, starring Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes.

Dr Watson, friend, companion, partner in the criminal investigations and chronicler of Sherlock Holmes' exceptional adventures, plays ever so often an important part in the deductions of the master detective - but unfortunately not in the way that Watson might wish:

"It may be that you are not yourself luminous, but you are a conductor of light. Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it. I confess, my dear fellow, that I am very much in your debt."

I love these strains of humour that occur, when Dr Watson starts to walk on the paths that are Holmes' very own, tries to draw logical conclusions, and then ever so often heads off in a direction that is almost 180° away from where the truth can be found :-)!

The beginning of the famous novel THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES is an excellent example for this.


In this video, I play both characters, Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.

Please be so kind as NOT to expect costumes, settings and props in proper style of the late Victorian age - I may be old, yes, still I was not born in 1864, but 100 years later.

I tried to take up the references from the story the best I could, but took a few, say, "artistic liberties", too:

Finding a mandolin at Sherlock Holmes' side, instead of his trademark violin, is one of those things. And the attentive viewer will see several Sherlock Holmes books on my shelves ... and he will also be finding Nemo, ha ha!


A big thank you goes to my best friend Simon, aka

who supplied me with the one prop that was indispensable for the whole project:
No, not a hound ... A walking stick :-)!


The audio is taken from an excellently made
full cast radio play:

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Produced in 1984
Adapted by Milt Wisoff
Directed by Ward Botsford

Nicol Williamson as Sherlock Holmes
George Rose as Dr Watson

Violin music composed by Don Heckman


The complete works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes
and more
can be found



1 comment:

Anonymous said...

ya i love him also :) he was really a smart person!!