The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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This article is about the BBC Radio 4 series transmitted from 2002 to 2010. There is also a U.S. produced series, which began in 1998, that transmits under the same title.

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a series of radio dramas based on Arthur Conan Doyle's detective Sherlock Holmes. Written by Bert Coules as a pastiche of Conan Doyle's work, the series was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002, 2004, 2008-9 and 2010. There are sixteen episodes, all of them produced and directed by Patrick Rayner of BBC Scotland. Clive Merrison stars as Holmes, having portrayed the detective in a complete canonical run for Radio 4 (the only actor to successfully do so to date). Andrew Sachs appears as Doctor Watson, replacing Michael Williams after Williams died following the Radio 4 run of Sherlock Holmes adaptations. Each of the stories is based on a throwaway reference from an actual Conan Doyle short story or novel. The first two series are repeated regularly on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

The 2010 story The Marlbourne Point Mystery brings to seventy-five the number of times Clive Merrison has played Sherlock Homes on BBC Radio 4.

Main cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Series One[edit]

The episodes for Series One were recorded in October 2001, and transmitted in January and February 2002.

The Madness of Colonel Warburton[edit]

First transmitted 30 January 2002, this story is based on a reference from Conan Doyle's short story The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb.

Watson's old commanding officer is alarming his family with his interest in spiritualism.

Additional cast
  • Colonel Warburton — Timothy West
  • Mrs Bessmer — Eleanor Bron
  • Mr Bessmer — Struan Rodger
  • Michael Warburton — Jamie Newall
  • Sir Robert — David Bannerman
  • Mrs Fryer — Clare Corbett

The Star of the Adelphi[edit]

First transmitted 6 February 2002, this story is based on a reference from Conan Doyle's short story The Adventure of the Second Stain.

When a leading actor is stabbed to death, Holmes and Watson step behind the scenes into a world of pretense and deception.

(NOTE: This story is based on the actual murder of actor-manager William Terriss by Richard Prince outside London's Adelphi Theatre on 16 December 1897.)

Additional cast
  • Prince — John Bett
  • Graves — Philip Anthony
  • Terriss — Andrew Wincott
  • Mrs Terriss — Richenda Carey
  • Mrs Charlton — Jasmine Hyde
  • Mr Charlton — David Bannerman
  • Jessie — Helen Ayres

The Peculiar Persecution of Mr John Vincent Harden[edit]

First transmitted 13 February 2002, this story is based on a reference from Conan Doyle's short story The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist.

A mysterious metal object found in a dead man's stomach holds a vital clue to his death.

Additional cast
  • Mrs Harden — Jane Asher
  • Philips — David Thorpe
  • Annie — Claire Corbett
  • Smith — Peter Darney

The Singular Inheritance of Miss Gloria Wilson[edit]

First transmitted 20 February 2002, this story is based on a reference from Conan Doyle's short story The Problem of Thor Bridge.

After years of apparent inactivity, master cat-burglar The Ghost is back with a series of thefts.

Additional cast
  • Gloria Wilson — Toyah Willcox
  • James Phillimore — Roy Hudd
  • Inspector Athelney Jones — Siôn Probert
  • Ringmaster — Sean Baker II

The Saviour of Cripplegate Square[edit]

First transmitted 27 February 2002, this story is based on a reference from Conan Doyle's novel The Sign of the Four.

Holmes recalls a case from his past when the guidance of an extraordinary man helped solve a particularly diabolic crime.

Additional cast
  • Collington Smith — Tom Baker
  • Mrs Emily Guttridge — Siobhan Redmond
  • Tobias Guttridge — David Holt
  • Jenny Snell — Jasmine Hyde
  • Doctor — Andrew Wincott
  • Landlady — Helen Ayres

Series Two[edit]

The Abergavenny Murder[edit]

First transmitted on 18 May 2004, this story is based on a reference from Conan Doyle's short story The Adventure of the Priory School.

Holmes and Watson can rarely have been faced with such an uncooperative and unusual client, and they have just forty minutes to find out what problem has brought him to 221B Baker Street before the heavy boots of the official police force start clumping up the stairs.

(NOTE: To date, this is the only Sherlock Holmes mystery to be performed in real time.)

Additional cast
  • The Client — Ioan Meredith

The Shameful Betrayal of Miss Emily Smith[edit]

First transmitted on 25 May 2004, this story is based on a reference from Conan Doyle's short story The Adventure of the Norwood Builder.

The murder of a young schoolmistress brings Holmes and Watson down to Kent. Emily Smith's body was found in the middle of a snow-covered field. But, strangely, her killer left no footprints.

Additional cast
  • Bert Stevens — Mark Gatiss
  • Inspector Dawkins — Christian Rodska
  • Dr Trantor — Philip Fox
  • Mrs Trantor — Rachel Atkins
  • Alfred Laurenson — Chris Moran
  • Emily Smith — Jaimi Barbakoff

The Tragedy of Hanbury Street[edit]

First transmitted on 1 June 2004, this story is based on a reference from Conan Doyle's short story The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez.

Charlotte Adams is young, idealistic and happily absorbed in her volunteer work among the poor and suffering of the East End. So why should she kill herself?

Additional cast
  • Mrs Adams — Lindsay Duncan
  • Miss Wallace — Colette O'Neil
  • Charlotte/Alice — Lydia Leonard
  • Matthew Crosby/Dr Kelly — John Rowe
  • Jonathan Crosby/Patient — Chris Moran
  • Treeves/Card Sharp — Philip Fox
  • Mrs Quilley — Frances Jeater

The Determined Client[edit]

First transmitted on 8 June 2004, this story is based on a reference from Conan Doyle's short story The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez.

One man lies dead, the other seriously wounded. But the resourceful Miss Addleton cannot believe the police's version of events, and engages Holmes to save her father's good name.

Additional cast
  • Caroline Addleton — Fritha Goodey
  • William Addleton — Ian Masters
  • Thomas Addleton — Philip Fox
  • Frederick Addleton — Rhys Meredith
  • Mrs Sinden — Joanna McCallum
  • Lawyer/Clarkson — John Rowe

The Striking Success of Miss Franny Blossom[edit]

First transmitted on 15 June 2004, this story is based on a reference from Conan Doyle's novel The Hound of the Baskervilles.

A body in Hyde Park and a potential scandal at an exclusive gambling club bring Holmes back into contact with a beguiling but most notorious former client.

Additional cast

Series Three[edit]

The Remarkable Performance of Mr Frederick Merridew[edit]

First transmitted on 26 December 2008, this story is based on a reference from Conan Doyle's short story The Empty House.

A night at the music hall ends in death, a Wild West sharpshooter finds a new personality, a brick wall crumbles and Holmes is engaged by a most unexpected client.

Additional cast

The Eyes of Horus[edit]

First transmitted on 2 January 2009, this story is based on a reference from Conan Doyle's novel The Hound of the Baskervilles.

How could a priceless Egyptian antique vanish from a locked casket in a locked safety-deposit box in a locked vault in a locked bank? And why has the assistant manager disappeared?

Additional cast

  • Lady Mallory — Colette O'Neil
  • Lestrade — Stephen Thorne
  • Lofting — Stephen Critchlow
  • Wilson — Jonathan Tafler
  • Mrs Hartnell — Janice Acquah
  • Sergeant — Malcolm Tierney
  • Constable — Paul Rider

The Thirteen Watches[edit]

First transmitted on 9 January 2009, this story is based on a reference from Conan Doyle's short story The Noble Bachelor and also on his non-Holmes story The Man With the Watches.

A series of inexplicable and bizarre incidents on a non-stop express train brings a railway baron to Baker Street and takes Holmes and Watson to Rugby.

Additional cast

  • Inspector Athelney Jones — Siôn Probert
  • Sir Gregory Backwater — Nigel Anthony
  • James Harkness — Stuart Milligan
  • Sam — Inam Mirza
  • Ted — Robert Lonsdale
  • Landlady — Donnla Hughes
  • Sergeant — Dan Starkey

The Ferrers Documents[edit]

First transmitted on 16 January 2009, this story is based on a reference from Conan Doyle's short story The Priory School.

What could possibly link a slum landlord, a vanishing prostitute, and a break-in at 221B Baker Street? In a case with no leads, the most important clue is that there are no clues at all.

Additional cast

  • Lestrade — Stephen Thorne
  • Robert Ferrers — Jonathan Tafler
  • Constable Dawkins — Thomas Arnold
  • Alice — Donnla Hughes
  • George — Gunnar Cauthery
  • Mrs Radcliffe — Janice Acquah
  • Johnson — Dan Starkey

Series Four[edit]

The Marlbourne Point Mystery: Part One[edit]

First transmitted on 5 April 2010, this story is based on a reference from Conan Doyle's short story The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger.

In which Holmes and Watson find themselves in unfamiliar but impressive surroundings and (in Holmes's case) in somewhat unusual but not at all unwelcome company. The detective gets a chance to use one of his less frequently aired foreign languages, the doctor gets the shock of his life, a policeman becomes a suspect, a brass band plays a part, and the safety of the Empire is secured by a remarkable bird...

(NOTE: Holmes refers to this case in the Series Two adventure The Abergavenny Murder, calling it "The lighthouse, the politician and the trained cormorant ... tedious little case, that.")

Additional cast

The Marlbourne Point Mystery: Part Two[edit]

First transmitted on 6 April 2010.

The enigmatic Mycroft Holmes astonishes his brother as the shocking truth behind the mystery of the politician, the lighthouse and the trained cormorant is finally revealed.

Additional cast

as for Part One and,

Recordings[edit]

Cover of the cassette release of four episodes from Series One.
Cover of the CD release of Volume 2.

Four of the episodes of each of the first two series were released on cassette and compact disc by the BBC Radio Collection in 2002 and 2004. The recordings of the first series omit the episode "The Peculiar Persecution of Mr John Vincent Harden." The recordings of the second series omit the episode "The Striking Success of Miss Franny Blossom." The compact disc release of the second series also features a bonus interview with Bert Coules at the conclusion of disc four.

The two unreleased episodes from the first two series were released in January 2009 in a third box set along with "The Thirteen Watches" and "The Ferrers Documents" from series three. The fourth set, released in April 2010 contains the two remaining stories from series three, "The Remarkable Performance of Mr Frederick Merridew" and "The Eyes of Horus" along with the new two-part story "The Marlbourne Point Mystery".

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