Category: Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes: The Christmas Pudding (Video Theater 261)

A serial killer threatens to get Holmes before he’s executed. Episode 23 of the 1954-55 Sherlock Holmes series.

Original Air Date: April 4, 1955

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Sherlock Holmes Guy Fawkes Day Special (EP4226)

Today is Guy Fawkes Day and we celebrate with two different Guy-Fawkes-related Sherlock Holmes adventures.

First, in The Fifth of November, a man named James Stuart comes to Baker Street pleading for Holmes’ help, as he fears his cousin, Guy Falkenberry, is going to blow him up.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: November 5, 1945

Originated from Hollywood

Starring: Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes; Nigel Bruce as Doctor Watson.

Second, in The Guy Fawkes Society, Holmes and Watson find a man with his throat slit from ear to ear and it sets Holmes on the trail of a sinister conspiracy.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: October 10, 1948

Starring: John Stanley as Sherlock Holmes; George Spelvin as Watson

Guest introduction by Donna Fletcher Crow. You can purchase her book, Where Love Restores, on Amazon. (affiliate link)

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Video Theater 231: Sherlock Holmes: The Case of Harry Crocker

An escape artist asks Holmes to clear him of murder.

Season 1, Episode 9

Original Air Date: December 13, 1954

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EP3838:Sherlock Holmes: The Final Problem

Holmes is called in to investigate the theft of several cadavers from a hospital.

Original Air Date: May 19, 1932

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EP3542s: Mercury Theater of the Air: The Immortal Sherlock Holmes


Sherlock Holmes tries to recover blackmail letters leading to a confrontation with the Napoleon of Crime-Professor Moriarty.

Original Air Date: September 25, 1938

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EP3534: Sherlock Holmes: Death at Stonehenge

Richard Gordon

While on vacation at Stonehenge, Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of a Presbyterian Minister.

Original Air Date: March 15, 1933

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Video Theater 209: Sherlock Holmes: Blind Man’s Bluff

Sherlock Holmes is called into investigate a case where the only clue is a chicken bone.

Season 1, Episode 8

Original Air Date: December 6, 1954

Audio Drama Review: The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (BBC)

There have been multiple books as well as an American audio series from Jim French Productions released under the name, The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. This BBC version was a little late to the party airing between 2002 and 2010 on BBC Radio 4, but is certainly a memorable take.

The sixteen episodes (eapproximately 45 minutes in length) eac tell a Holmes story based on some reference in an original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story. The last story, released in 2010 was a two-episode story that harkened to a previous Further Adventure.

Each of the stories is written by Bert Coules, who does a great job capturing the spirit and feel of Victorian times. Given their release date, there’s very little revisionism to suit modern fancies and tastes.

The soundscape is minimal but sufficient for capturing the Victorian era. The supporting actors are really superb, boasting a very solid professional cast. I’m no expert on British Television but Mark Gatiss, Siobhan Redmond, Stuart Milligan, and Tom Baker (Doctor Who actor who also played Sherlock Holmes) were all names I recognized. Even those I didn’t know gave compelling performances.

I will admit it took me a while to settle in on Clive Merrison’s Holmes. While he had appeared in adaptions of all the classic stories, I’d not listened to them. Still, I think he does do a good job with his own take on the character, which is  true to tradition and I’ll have to seek out more of his work.

Most of these stories are quite solid although I have my favorites. “The Savior of Cripplegate Square” is a great listen due to Tom Baker’s superb guest performance and the way Holmes as a young detective finding his way. I also quite enjoyed “The Abergavenny Murder”  is an unusual case because it mostly is Holmes and Watson (played by radio legend Andrew Sachs) trying to solve the death of a man who died at 221B Baker Street before the police arrive. Other than “the client” being heard briefly, the play is just Holmes and Watson and is a great opportunity to examine how they work together as well as a bit of their personal relationships.

Overall, if you’re a fan of the original Doyle stories and want to hear stories in a similar style performed by a top flight cast and crew, this product is a much listen.

Rating; 4.5 out of 5

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Video Theater 183: Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Winthrop Legend

Sherlock Holmes is called in by a brother who fears his brother will die as a result of a family legend.

Season 1, Episode 7

Original Air Date: November 24, 1954

Video Theater 181: Sherlock Holmes; The Case of the Belligerent Ghost

Doctor Watson is punched in the eye by a man he pronounced dead.

Season 1, Episode 5

Original Air Date: November 15, 1954

EP3072: Sherlock Holmes: The Return of the Jack of Diamonds

A 17th Century Highway Man haunts the Hampstead Heath.

Original Air Date: April 25, 1948

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Video Theater 172: Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Pennsylvania Gun

Holmes sets out to solve the murder of a wealthy man killed in a castle. 

Season 1, Episode 3

Original Air Date: November 1, 1954

Video Theater 170: Sherlock Holmes: The Christmas Pudding

A serial killer threatens to get Holmes before he’s executed. Episode 23 of the 1954-55 Sherlock Holmes series.

Original Air Date: April 4, 1955

Video Theater 168: Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Lady Beryl

Lady Beryl (Claudette Colbert) confesses to a murder, but Holmes insists she didn’t do it.

Season 1, Episode 2

Original Air Date: October 25, 1954

Video Theater 158: Sherlock Holmes: The Cunningham Heritage

Holmes and Watson meet and then Holmes has to solve the death of a wealthy man where the evidence points to the man’s ex-convict fiancée.

Season 1, Episode 1

Original Air Date: October 18, 1954