On Saturday the 13th June Radio 4 Extra will broadcast Peter Mackie’s play The Adventure of the Pimlico Poisoner, first heard in 1990.
William Chubb and Crawford Logan as Holmes and Watson investigate the sadistic murders committed a century earlier by Doctor Thomas Neill Cream. The play will be transmitted at 6.00 am and 4.00 pm on Saturday, and again at 4.00 am on Sunday.
And at 1.00 pm on Sunday the 14th you can luxuriate in three whole hours of Holmes, presented by your own (your very own) Nicholas Utechin!
For The Game’s Afoot: Sherlock Holmes Special, first broadcast in 2008, Nick Utechin has selected five gems from the BBC archives, beginning with John Dickson Carr’s 1945 dramatisation of The Speckled Band, starring Sir Cedric Hardwicke and Finlay Currie – and rather angrily introduced by Adrian Conan Doyle. After that, the earliest surviving Holmes programme on British radio, we have Sir John Gielgud and Sir Ralph Richardson in The Red-Headed League, the classic team of Carleton Hobbs and Norman Shelley in The Boscombe Valley Mystery, and another classic pairing, Clive Merrison and Michael Williams in The Solitary Cyclist. The programme concludes with a tour de force by Bert Coules, The Abergavenny Murder, in which Andrew Sachs plays Watson to Clive Merrison’s Holmes. It will all be repeated at 1.00 am on Monday morning.
And both programmes will be available for listening online at https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds for up to four weeks after transmission!
Meanwhile you still have till the 30th June to hear Nigel Stock as Dr Watson on BBC Sounds, in Martyn Read’s one-man play 221B.