In anticipation of tonight’s North American premier of the third series of Sherlock, take a look at this PBS documentary that aired in late December of last year: Unlocking Sherlock. Focusing on BBC’s Sherlock and how co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss brought the great sleuth into the twenty-first century, it also offers a glimpse into the different incarnations of Sherlock Holmes on film over the years, with an emphasis on Basil Rathbone and Jeremy Brett. It also explores the different inspirations for Sherlock, whether from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories or different films, and how they were modernized and alluded to, as well as being paid homage to, such as Moriarty’s entrance and visit to Sherlock’s flat in The Reichenbach Fall in Series Two.
Mark Gatiss also does wonderful readings of the Holmes stories and now I want to hear all of them read by him!
It is my hope that Unlocking Sherlock is released one day for purchase, as part of Series Three or separately.
One of my favourite TV shows is Jeeves and Wooster. Starring Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry, the show was based on the Jeeves stories by P.G. Wodehouse, who is also probably my all-time favourite comic author and whose works I enjoy immensely.
Back when I first began watching the show and was getting into P.G. Wodehouse, many years ago – it actually started with Carry On, Jeeves; the first Wodehouse book I ever read – I discovered The World of Jeeves and Wooster: an album of the music from the show. Seemingly sold as a limited release, it was out of print at the time of my discovery, although the years since have made the songs from the album available online and easier to acquire, including on iTunes. On iTunes the songs are individually priced at $1.29 or $11.99 (Canadian) for the whole album.
If you enjoyed listening to Bertie Wooster singing silly songs such as “Minnie the Moocher” or “Nagasaki” in the show, both of which get a backing band (an additional track, titled “Minnie the Moocher is Alive and Well and Living in Berkley Court” includes Bertie and Jeeves’ amusing call and response, see in the video below) then you might enjoy the songs on this album. You’re in for a treat!