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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 – Two Huge Participant Announcements

It’s day 4 since The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate was announced (10th November – BBC’s Sherlock vs Guy Ritchie’s movies) and we are attracting some extremely exciting participants. We are in talks with a Hollywood film director’s agent who wants to join the movies team – as soon as we have that finalised we’ll be able to reveal who it is – with dozens of films under his belt he’s a legend, but as you can imagine his diary is a nightmare to schedule. Hope to have news this evening on that.

We can however announce today a real coup. The BBC team will be joined by The Baker Street Babes. With a huge female following, the Babes have thousands of fans of their blog and a large subscriber list to their Holmes podcast (search for Baker Street Babes on iTunes). Don’t be fooled by the provocative name, this is a group of extreme Holmes fans that know the canon inside out. They’ll be interviewing several of the participants for their blog ahead of the debate so its a good time to subscribe to their podcast.

The Facebook Great Debate page continues to grow – you’ve a couple of weeks to ‘like’ the page before we release the audience tickets on Facebook – there will be around 80 free tickets that will come with some Sherlock Holmes goodies for all participants.

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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The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate – BBC’s Sherlock vs Guy Richie’s Movies – November 10th 2011

We talk to thousands of Sherlock Holmes fans and everyone has an opinion on the BBC’s Sherlock series and the two films from Guy Richie. We are also fortunate to hear the views of some of the world’s leading Holmes experts and of course about twenty of our own authors.

When Charlotte Walters decided to mark the launch of her debut novel, Barefoot on Baker Street, this Tuesday 20th September, with a stunning challenge to write about each of the 56 Holmes stories, one a day until 11th November, we wondered how we could mark the occasion.

The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate was born. The night before Charlotte completes her mammoth feat, we will be hosting a worldwide online debate:

“BBC’s Sherlock vs Guy Richie’s Movies – which is more beneficial to Holmes in the 21st Century?”

Thursday 10th November – 8pm (GMT), 3pm (EST)

Two teams of Holmes experts, one arguing for each side, will present their case in front of an online audience of 100 lucky Holmes fans. The debate will run for an hour from 8pm UK time. After a brief introduction each team captain will have 5 minutes to present – they will be able to uses slides, video and audio to argue their case with input from their team members. Then the floor will open up for the main debate.

Audience members will be able to submit questions and comments online. The presentation and debate will be recorded for release in several formats.

The teams are lining up nicely. Roger Johnson (BSI), the editor of The Sherlock Holmes Society of London’s journal was one of the first ones to add his support to the debate – we’ll reveal which side he is on later on. The first of the MX authors to line up is Kieran McMullen (author of Watson’s Afghan Adventure), who is supporting the Guy Richie movies. We already have participants from the UK, France, USA and Australia so the debate will truly be global.

The main place for updates about the debate will be the Great Debate Facebook page and that is where the free audience places will be handed out some time in October.

As it’s an online debate, fans from all around the world will be able to register for this unique event. Keep an eye on the page for the latest team information – you can also place your own vote on that page.

 

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