Good news from our member, author & dramatist
“I’ve just been told that Second Holmes is getting another airing, from Friday 25 June, on Radio 4 Extra. Not that the station has informed me – chance would be a fine thing – but someone who had an eagle eye out for Radio Times listings. I thought I’d better pass it on since it’s very unusual to get any sort of lead time.”
Second Holmes, for those who don’t know, is a series of six 30-minute plays, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1983. They were written by Grant and produced by Paul Mayhew-Archer.
It is the 1980s, and Stamford Holmes is still living in the shadow of his famous grandfather.
Languidly living on Sherlock’s fortune, he reluctantly agrees to do some work as a consulting detective – if only to provide the third generation Doctor Watson with material for the Sunday papers. Watson, on the other hand, brings all the bumbling enthusiasm he can muster to their new cases, forever aping and quoting both their grandfathers – and wielding a magnifying glass. As they dash towards the eerie howls of a new hound of the Baskervilles, their sleuthing is interrupted by a busload of tourists, and shots ring out as they approach Baskerville hall – fired by exercising army commandos. Such problems never plagued the great Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson…
Peter Egan stars as Stamford Holmes and Jeremy Nicholas as Watson in this loving parody of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters.
The first instalment, The Case of the Grandfather’s Client, will be broadcast on Radio 4 Extra on Friday the 25th June at 8.30am, and repeated at 12.30pm and 7.30pm.
The remaining instalments will follow: The Case of the Maltese Pearls The Case of the Reading Undertaker The Case of the Shadowed Minister The Case of the Neglected Farm The Case of the Missing Link