The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (radio series)

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was an old-time radio show that aired in the USA on NBC from 1930 to 1936.[1] The series was adapted from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories.


The premiere episode featured an adaptation of "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" on October 20, 1930 and starred William Gillette as Sherlock Holmes and Leigh Lovell as Dr Watson.[2] Further episodes featured Richard Gordon in the role of Holmes until 1933[3] and Louis Hector from 1934 to 1935,[3] with Richard Gordon taking over for the last season in 1936.[3]

Episodes were adapted or devised by Edith Meiser.[1][3] Meiser first pitched the idea of a radio series based on Conan Doyle's detective.[4]

At the end of the first season a survey of American radio editors found that 94% said The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was the best radio program.[2]

George Washington, creator of the first instant coffee, sponsored the series.[4]


Sherlock Holmes:

Dr Watson:

  • Leigh Lovell (1931-1935)[1]


First season (October 1930- June 1931)[3][edit]

This series consisted of stories adapted from Conan Doyle stories including "The Adventure of the Abbey Grange", "The Adventure of Black Peter", "The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier" and "The Boscombe Valley Mystery".[3]

Second season (September 1931-June 1932)[3][edit]

This series of 32 stories consisted of some adaptations of Conan Doyle and original material devised by Meiser.[3]

Third season (September 1932-May 1933)[3][edit]

This series of 31 stories consisted of some adaptations of Conan Doyle and original material devised by Meiser.[5]

Fourth season (November 1934-May 1935)[3][edit]

This series of 29 stories presented Meiser originals.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Bunson 1997, p. 5.
  2. ^ a b Boström 2018, pp. 196-199.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Eyles 1986, p. 133.
  4. ^ a b Boström 2018, p. 187.
  5. ^ a b Eyles 1986, p. 81.


  • Boström, Mattias (2018). From Holmes to Sherlock. Mysterious Press. ISBN 978-0-8021-2789-1.
  • Bunson, Matthew (1997). Encyclopedia Sherlockiana. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-02-861679-0.
  • Eyles, Allen (1986). Sherlock Holmes: A Centenary Celebration. Harper & Row. ISBN 0-06-015620-1.