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Review of The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – The Complete Jim French Imagination Theatre Scripts

Twenty years ago Jim French — writer, actor and producer — decided to redress the decline of good popular drama on American radio: he set up Imagination Theatre to create quality series and single plays. Sherlock Holmes was only a part of it, but a very important part, and it began with The Further Adventures, a series gratifyingly reminiscent of the days when listeners tuned in every week to hear Rathbone and Bruce as Holmes and Watson. The main difference is that IT’s Watson, played by Lawrence Albert, is not only brave and loyal, but intelligent. Jim French assembled a team of writers that includes M.J. Elliott, John Hall, Matthew Booth, Gareth Tilley — and David Marcum, who has prepared this very handsome three-volume edition of French’s own splendid scripts. Jim French died in 2017, but The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes continues, with 135 programmes recorded to date. All royalties from these books will go towards the preservation of Undershaw, Conan Doyle’s former Surrey home, which now houses Stepping Stones School.

Reviewed by The Sherlock Holmes Society of London

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is available from all good bookstores including Amazon USABarnes and Noble USA,  Amazon UKWaterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository.

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Out today – The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – The Complete Jim French Imagination Theatre Scripts

Radio legend Jim French was already well known for producing excellent radio dramas, as well as creating Imagination Theatre and its “Movies for your mind” when, in March 1998, the first episode of The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was broadcast, with adventures steeped in the finest of old-time radio tradition while presenting the true Canonical Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. In the following years, Jim French wrote an astonishing 50 original Holmes episodes for the series – and now these are collected together in three companion volumes.

In 2017, MX Publishing released Imagination Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes, a volume featuring scripts from the show that were contributed by Mr. French, as well as each of the other fifteen writers who had written the 130-plus Holmes episodes for the show. All author royalties were donated to the preservation of Undershaw, one of the former homes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sadly, Mr. French passed away in early 2018, soon after the book’s publication, but his legacy lives on.

Now, in honor of both Jim French and his Sherlockian legacy, we present The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Jim French Imagination Theatre Scripts, a three-volume set containing all fifty of Mr. French’s Holmes scripts.

Hopefully you were lucky enough to hear these adventures when they were broadcast by Imagination Theatre. Now they are offered in text form as well. These scripts are some of the finest Holmesian storytelling to be found, with stories about the Canonical Sherlock Holmes, the man described by Watson as “the best and wisest … whom I have ever known.”

Fifty Original Sherlock Holmes Scripts by Jim French with forewords by Lawrence Albert (Imagination Theatre’s “Dr. Watson”) John Patrick Lowrie (Imagination Theatre’s “Sherlock Holmes”) and David Marcum

All royalties from this collection are being donated by the writers for the benefit of the preservation of Undershaw, one of the former homes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is available from all good bookstores including Amazon USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository.

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The Sherlock Holmes Society of London reviews Imagination Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes

I’ve welcomed two earlier volumes of Sherlock Holmes scripts from the late Jim French’s Seattle-based company. This new collection shows that the standards of American radio’s golden age live on in Imagination Theatre. Here are fifteen plays, by authors from both sides of the pond, including Jim French, M.J. Elliott, David Marcum, John Hall, Matthew Booth and the excellent leading actors, John Patrick Lowrie and Lawrence Albert. All are exciting, suspenseful, inventive – and faithful to the spirit of the canon, thanks partly to an internal consistency with an agreed chronology. As if the quality of the scripts and the introductory material wasn’t enough, all royalties go to Stepping Stones school, housed at Conan Doyle’s former home, Undershaw.

Imagination Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes is available from all good bookstores including The Strand MagazineAmazon USABarnes and Noble USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. In ebook format it is in KindleKoboNook and Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone).

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