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Team 3 joins the Great Sherlock Holmes Debate

The official press pass holders, Always 1895, broke the news last night that after huge pressure from fans, we have added a third team to the debate. The fans have argued that although there hasn’t been a major ‘traditional’ adaptation of Holmes in the last decade, the ongoing and enduring influence of, at very least the Granada series with Jeremy Brett, should have a voice. Team 3 brings together ‘The Traditional Adaptations’ and whilst the ITV series is the most iconic, will also include team members from several adaptations that stay very close to the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories.

Team 3 if you like will set the benchmark against which the other two teams can put forward their arguments. Team 3 will be led by Nick Briggs who plays Holmes in a major new audio adaptation of Holmes being released this month. Nick is probably best known as the voice of the Daleks and Cybermen from Dr.Who and has played Holmes before in the theatre. He has an intricate and recent knowledge of traditional adaptations and we look forward to Nick’s comments in the run up to the debate.

There is no question that traditional adaptations (done well) add value to the legacy of Holmes whenever they are broadcast as they are simply communicating the original stories in a new medium. The argument that the other two teams have to get across is that the changes from the original that they have are outweighed by other factors – interest, excitement, celebrity, reach and a host of other things I am sure the teams are already working on.

Always 1895 will be revealing the team members as they are confirmed – as you can imagine, there are several heavyweights in the Holmes world that come from the traditionalist camp.

There are a few days to join the  The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate Facebook page where the 80 audience places will be released in October. There are around 400 members now but we expect that number to increase a lot with the introduction of team 3.

Please remember the debate is supporting two important causes – Save Undershaw and BAFTA for Jeremy Brett – please check out their sites and join/like their pages on Facebook (Undershaw Trust on Facebook) (BAFT4JB on Facebook).

 

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World’s No.1 Fan site for BBC Sherlock joins the Great Sherlock Holmes Debate

Last week the world’s largest unofficial fan site for BBC’s Sherlock, Sherlockology, went live, with tens of thousands of visitors in the first 24 hours. A quick look through the site and you can see why. They have a huge amount of information about the BBC series, which enlisted an immediate response from the show’s producers within hours of the site going live.

In term’s of The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate the timing couldn’t have been better as now the team behind Sherlockology have thrown their considerably large hat in the ring and joined the BBC team. This is important for the BBC as last week we announced that I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere joined the Guy Ritchie team with their access to some of the film’s advisers.

One of the Sherlockology team commented about the debate as they joined:

“The timing is excellent with ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’ coming out in December, and the second series of BBC ‘Sherlock’ broadcasting in early 2012 – with the first episode having a press preview in early December.”

The first statement of intent came out at the weekend from award winning writer Alistair Duncan who drew the battle lines on two key issues – Fidelity (how true to the original the adaptations are) and New Fans and profile. On his Sherlockian Blog Alistair argues that the debate will be a very close run thing. Alistair is one of the world’s leading experts on Holmes and Conan Doyle. This year his book, The Norwood Author picked up the coveted 2011 Howlett Literary award (Sherlock Holmes Book of the Year). He knows his BBC Sherlock too. When the BBC contacted the London Society to suggest an expert to comment on the new adaptation, on the morning of the airing of the first episode it was Duncan that was interviewed on BBC 5 live.

What is important for the BBC team is that Sherlockology bring a depth of knowledge to the debate that is unsurpassed. From cast to wardrobe, scripts to locations, the site covers every possible aspect of the series and will help the team with the specifics. It will be interesting to see how the Films team responds this week.

Please remember the debate is supporting two important causes – Save Undershaw and BAFTA for Jeremy Brett – please check out their sites and join their pages on Facebook (Undershaw Trust on Facebook).

 

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First Press Pass goes to Always 1895 for the Great Sherlock Holmes Debate

With well over 1,000 journalists from around the world reading the Great Sherlock Holmes Debate press release, and dozens of enquiries, it has been a tough decision on where the first press pass for the debate would go. Should we go mass-readship, or specialist Holmes?

In the end we opted to go with a Victorian and Holmes specialist. Always 1895 has garnered a strong following built on the highly detailed articles on Holmes that come out weekly. We also have assurances that they will display Holmes and Watson esque detective skills tracking down the stories behind the teams and team members.

We envisage handing out another three of four press passes, so if you’d like the inside scoop from the Sherlock Holmes event of the decade so far (yes, ok so we are only a year into the new decade but nevertheless…) then get in touch with us with your press credentials.

There will be 80 general public audience places given away to the members of the Great Sherlock Holmes Debate Facebook page which stands currently at around 200 members.

Please remember the debate is supporting two important causes – Save Undershaw and BAFTA for Jeremy Brett – please check out their sites and join their pages on Facebook (Undershaw Trust on Facebook).

 

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Holmes Podcasts to go head to head in the Great Sherlock Holmes Debate

The match-ups in The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate are getting fascinating, with the two leading Sherlock Holmes podcasts – I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere and The Baker Street Babes lining up on opposite sides of the debate.

As we announced a few days ago, ‘The Babes’ will be supporting BBC’s Sherlock and now ‘The Lads (as it were) from I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere, Scott and Burt, will be contributing to the Guy Ritchie films. They have a secret weapon too – they have interviewed an adviser to the films on their podcast so have lots of material to work with.

This also gives us a fun ‘Babes vs Lads’ perspective which should be interesting. The Babes are lining up a series of authors for interviews ahead of the debate, as are Scott and Burt.

Whereas The Babes are relatively new to the scene, I Hear Of Sherlock Everywhere is the longest standing Holmes podcast and currently on episode 35. They have interviewed a host of leading Holmes figures over the years and the podcast is also available via iTunes. They have a great website and a growing following on their Facebook Page.

 

Please remember the debate is supporting two important causes – Save Undershaw and BAFTA for Jeremy Brett – please check out their sites and join their pages on Facebook (Undershaw Trust on Facebook).

 

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The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate – Teams Now Include Major Societies and Bloggers

It’s day 6 of 56 ahead of what’s widely being tipped as the biggest Sherlock Holmes debate ever and here’s an update of how the teams are shaping up. The audience fan page is growing well too with (at time of writing) 174 people registered from over 20 countries around the world – although around half those registered so far are from the USA. The audience tickets (80) will be released in a few weeks time on the Great Debate Facebook page. Several society heavyweights, authors and a film director have joined in the first week and rumours of several celebrity Holmes fans considering jumping in will make next week quite exciting.

We’re very pleased to see some of the most followed Holmes blogs taking part. Writing weekly/daily on Holmes matters gives a real depth of opinion which will be vital. As with most genres bloggers can have huge followings. We are also looking at some strong academic participants – more news on that soon. Look out for the designation BSI (Baker Street Irregulars) as to get into the Irregulars you must have made a ‘significant contribution’ to the cause of Sherlock Holmes – you can check out their Baker Street Journal here.

So we have:

BBC’s Sherlock

Roger Johnson (BSI)  [Editor, The Sherlock Holmes Society of London journal] – UK

The Baker Street Babes [Podcast team of 11] – USA/UK

Charlotte Walters [Author, Barefoot on Baker Street, 56 Sherlock Holmes Stories in 56 days] – UK

Kate Workman [Author, Rendezvous At The Populaire, I Will Find The Answer] – USA

Dan Andriacco [Author, Baker Street Beat, No Police Like Holmes] – USA

Guy Ritchie’s Movies 

Gerry O’Hara [Director, film/tv] – UK

Jamie Mahoney [Blog – Better Holmes and Gardens] – USA

Gerry Kelly [Author – The Outstanding Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes] – UK

Larry Feldman [Founding member of The Montague Street Lodgers of Brooklyn] – USA

Kieran McMullen [ Author and military expert, Watson’s Afghan Adventure] – USA

What will week two bring?

Please remember the debate is supporting two important causes – Save Undershaw and BAFTA for Jeremy Brett – please check out their sites and join their pages on Facebook (Undershaw Trust on Facebook).

 

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Hollywood Film Director Joins Guy Ritchie team in the Great Sherlock Holmes Debate

After several Holmes heavyweights joined the side of the BBC’s Sherlock, the Guy Ritchie side was looking a little light – but no more. Gerry O’Hara has worked with some of the most famous actors of all time from Laurence Olivier (Richard III) to Joan Collins (The Bitch) and has directed many Hollywood movies – including working on the Academy Award winning Tom Jones.

He’s no stranger to television either having worked on The Avengers, The Professionals, Hammer House of Horror, Cats Eyes and a host of other programmes. He’s a record breaker too. He wrote the adaptation of the book Operation Julie which was the first adaptation to play across three consecutive nights on British TV and drew a record 13 million viewers.

Talking with his agent, Tom Evans, we tried to find out why he’s joined the side of Guy Ritchie. Tom is careful to not to reveal too much, but lets just say that there are some similarities between Guy and (a younger) Gerry that clinched it.

We’re working hard at getting an interview with Gerry but he’s hard to track down and for now we’ll settle for him committing to being on the team. Gerry’s own Holmes adaptation comes out in book form soon-  ‘Sherlock Holmes and The Affair In Transylvania’ – with a film adaptation in the offing.

So the teams are lining up nicely. We’ve had several more approaches today which we are working through and will have more news over the weekend.

Please remember the debate is supporting two important causes – Save Undershaw and BAFTA for Jeremy Brett – please check out their sites and join their pages on Facebook (Undershaw Trust on Facebook).

 

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The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate – initial team members announced

There are a few weeks to go before the teams in The Great Sherlock Holmes debate are finalised, but here are the initial people that have been confirmed onto the teams in the first 24-48 hours.

BBC – Roger Johnson (BSI) (UK), Kate Workman (USA), Dan Andriacco (USA),

Guy Richie Movies – Kieran McMullen (USA), Joe Revill (UK), Larry Feldman (USA),

We’re working through lots of other approaches as well and looking forward to many more. We’ve confirmed that there will be at least 80 audience members drawn from fans of the Facebook page for The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate and numbers are growing nicely on there.

We’re particularly excited to have Roger Johnson (editor of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London journal) involved and several of the other societies around the world will have people on the teams too. It will be interesting to see who joins the side of the movies – initial voting on Facebook is strongly on the side of the BBC, but then most votes have come in from the UK so far.

Twitter joins in the fun with the hastag – #thegreatsherlockholmesdebate

The debate is supporting two current important Holmes fans issues – www.saveundershaw.com and www.bafta4jb.com – please do visit their sites and give your support.

 

 

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