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Sherlock Series 4 is coming and we have lots of theories, thoughts, and one hell of a wishlist. From basting turkeys at Christmas to John Watson dying in Sherlock Holmes’ arms, our predictions for Series 4 will be, as Moffat says, “devastating.”
Join BSBs Curly, Lyndsay, Ashley, Maria, & Ardy for theories abound, a discussion on what’s going to happen to Mary (& the baby), and how The Three Garridebs really needs to be the finale. Like… really.
Our Series 4 Predictions & Wishlist
Christmas Special: The Blue Carbuncle & The Cardboard Box
Episode One: The Devil’s Foot with sprinklings of The Musgrave Ritual
Episode Two: The Illustrious Client
Episode Three: The Valley of Fear & The Three Garridebs
Music: Opening Credits, Sherlock Series 1 OST by Michael Price and David G. Arnold, Vanishing Underground, Sherlock Series 3 OST by Michael Price and David G. Arnold
So hey! I am getting into sherlock and i would like to know what other sherlock holmes tv shows are good.... -thanks!
—the Warner Brothers Sherlock Holmes films
—the entire Granada series starring Jeremy Brett, David Burke, and Edward Hardwicke
—the Basil Rathbone films (start with the earlier ones)
—The Great Mouse Detective
—A Study in Terror, Murder By Decree, The Seven Per Cent Solution, and The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
—the Clive Merrison radio plays (don’t watch the radio adaptations; you’ll need to listen to those)
—the entire House, MD canon
—Asylum’s “Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes” (do it for the dinosaurs)
—read the 60 cases in the Doyle canon
…and then get back to me and I’ll give you more. :)
Dear Babes - Do you have a podcast where you talk about "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking" (BBC, 2004)? Or "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes," perhaps? I would love an extended discussion of some of the lesser-known and under-appreciated versions of Holmes, and why they often get overlooked Thank you for all your wonderful work!
We would LOVE to do episodes on these subjects, stay tuned!
Hi babes! What do you guys think of The Man with the Twisted Lip? It's my favourite case and it's totally underrated even though it's hilarious!
TWIS is totally brill, for serious (which is doubtless the reason BBC Sherlock hijacked the intro for His Last Vow). Watson puts his hero hat on and heads to a “vile alley” on the north side of the Thames, east of London Bridge, to fetch their neighbor’s husband Isa Whitney, who has been kicking it John Belushi style for days on an opium binge. Who does he find in the Bar of Gold drug den than Sherlock Holmes in disguise, who after meeting Watson on the street, laughs his jolliest—indeed, indulges in “a hearty fit of laughter”—and instantly snarks:
"I suppose, Watson, that you imagine that I have added opium-smoking to cocaine injections, and all the other little weaknesses on which you have favoured me with your medical views."
Hilarious, Holmes. What a power tool.
Then Holmes kidnaps Watson, more or less, merely by saying:
“You’ll come with me, won’t you?”
Of course he will, you magnificent bastard.
Holmes drives Watson to the house where he’s staying with the wife of Neville St. Clair, missing person and possessor of one of the nerdiest names in the entire canon. Such nerd, what pocket protector. On the way, Holmes says,
“You have a grand gift of silence, Watson. It makes you quite invaluable as a companion. ‘Pon my word, it is a great thing for me to have someone to talk to, for my own thoughts are not over-pleasant. I was wondering what I should say to this dear little woman to-night when she meets me at the door.”
Which is fabulous for two reasons, one of which is Holmes bass-ackwardly complimenting Watson for keeping his shepherd’s piehole closed, the other that Holmes, The Mighty Misogynist, is so totally, utterly not a misogynist that he’s fretting over bringing back a bad report to his client.
Neville St. Clair is still missing, and Holmes is almost certain he was murdered, perhaps by the “rascally lascar” attendant at the Bar of Gold (thank you, colonialism, for this lovely terminology) where inexplicably, St. Clair was last seen gesticulating from a window. Meanwhile, there is a sinister crippled gentleman by the name of Hugh Boone who lives upstairs, and he has been taken in by the Yard as a strong suspect and potential witness. No trace of St. Clair can be found, save for his coat, which was chock full of pennies. WTF?
When they arrive at St. Clair’s home, his wife reports that she has had a letter from him, proving he’s still alive. Holmes is skeptical, tucks Watson in, and we get this epic passage:
A large and comfortable double-bedded room had been placed at our disposal, and I was quickly between the sheets, for I was weary after my night of adventure. Sherlock Holmes was a man, however, who, when he had an unsolved problem upon his mind, would go for days, and even for a week, without rest, turning it over, rearranging his facts, looking at it from every point of view until he had either fathomed it or convinced himself that his data were insufficient. It was soon evident to me that he was now preparing for an all-night sitting. He took off his coat and waistcoat, put on a large blue dressing-gown, and then wandered about the room collecting pillows from his bed and cushions from the sofa and armchairs. With these he constructed a sort of Eastern divan, upon which he perched himself cross-legged, with an ounce of shag tobacco and a box of matches laid out in front of him. In the dim light of the lamp I saw him sitting there, an old briar pipe between his lips, his eyes fixed vacantly upon the corner of the ceiling, the blue smoke curling up from him, silent, motionless, with the light shining upon his strong-set aquiline features. So he sat as I dropped off to sleep, and so he sat when a sudden ejaculation caused me to wake up, and I found the summer sun shining into the apartment.
I’m just gonna leave that there. Gorgeous prose, and ejaculations to boot.
When Watson wakes up, Holmes reports that he thinks he’s solved it, and the answer was “in the bathroom.” Watson is like, my friend is actually srsly crazy as a box of ferrets, but Holmes drags Watson to the Yard with a giant sponge in his Gladstone bag and voila, solves the case with said sponge.
Leaving this spoiler-free in case you haven’t read it seems the best policy! Now quickly, go read TWIS, it’s simply the right thing to do:
"I hope," said the lady, "that you have not come to cross-examine me again?"
"No," Holmes answered, in his gentlest voice, "I will not cause you any unnecessary trouble, Lady Brackenstall, and my whole desire is to make things easy for you, for I am convinced that you are a much-tried woman. If you will treat me as a friend and trust me, you may find that I will justify your trust."
I really liked all your speculations and predictions. However I wonder if maybe speculating which stories they'll adapt is the wrong way to go. Because we're taking the stories and fitting the characters and their arc into them. Maybe we should be looking instead about how we think the arc is going to go and which elements of which stories they could use to further that. Looking at how the show used the canon in S3 that somehow seems more likely. Detective show vs show about detective. Thoughts?
Thanks! Well, we were speculating for fun, in a way that seemed fun to us. All others should speculate in whatever fashion they please. Regardless, Moffat and Gatiss are huge Sherlock Holmes nerds, so canonical cases will inevitably play a part in upcoming episodes.