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In the 56 short stories and four novels Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about his great detective, there are many passing references to successful cases that are never actually written about. These four stories, written by the main dramatist on the complete BBC Radio 4 Sherlock Holmes canon, imaginatively flesh out the cases behind those references, to wonderful effect. As in the complete dramatised canon, Clive Merrison plays the great sleuth, with the role of Doctor Watson played by Andrew Sachs. The cast includes Tom Baker, Eleanor Bron, Jane Asher, Tim West, and Toyah Willcox. This volume includes:
The Madness of Colonel Warburton

The Star of the Adelphi

The Saviour of Cripplegate Square

The Singular Inheritance of Miss Gloria Watson
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By Die Falknerin on 02-15-13

Didn't you always wonder?

Being fairly obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, I often wondered about those obscure references made in the stories, or what happened to the characters once the story ended. Didn't you? If so, listen to Bert Coules' attempt to answer the questions with his own imaginings in this entertaining short selection.

Naturally the stories are not of Conan Doyle caliber. Of course not. I wouldn't expect them to come close. They are diverting specualtions to be enjoyed as such.

The roles are cast well. I enjoyed Clive Merrison as Holmes in the original dramatizations, but found Andrew Sachs a surprising Watson in this series. I really enjoyed him in the role! The supporting actors are just as delightful: the series opens with Timothy West and Eleanor Bron, and we get to hear the incredible Tom Baker in the third. Can't say fairer than that.

I treated myself to all four volumes. The only thing that jarred slightly throughout is the occasional "modernism" in a turn of phrase, or something else that breaks the illusion that we are in old England but that is almost to be expected.

For Holmes trivia fans, these are the springboards for the stories:

"The Madness of Colonel Warburton" was inspired by a reference in "The Engineer's Thumb" (1892); "The Star of the Adelphi" by "The Second Stain" (1904);
"The Savior of Cripplegate Square" by "The Sign of the Four" (1890);
and "The Singular Inheritance of Miss Gloria Wilson" by "The Problem of Thor Bridge" (1922).

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By Fotogal on 12-01-12

Absolutely Wonderful

What made the experience of listening to The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes the most enjoyable?

I am one of the biggest Holmes fans of this century and I can assure anyone looking at this audio book that its well worth the money. I listen to them at work and even though I'm working in my mind I'm in Victorian London, following the master detective and his companion Dr Watson through the streets of White-chapel and Batter-sea. The ambiance is very well done, and while the stories differ ever so slightly from the originals they are in my opinion done in such a way that they do not detract from the story. Well done BBC!!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The stories, of course, or wonderfully suspenseful. If only Sir Arthur Conan Doyle could have known how beloved his detective would be when he first set pen to paper.

What does Full Cast and Clive Merrison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Life, ambiance, music, drama...

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The greatest detective of all time

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By S. Wolfe on 04-07-13

Clever plotlines in the spirit of the original

These new Sherlock Holmes certainly capture the spirit of the original stories and are beautifully written. There are four dramatised episodes each very well acted and thoroughly enjoyable

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By Highlight on 01-09-15


I own all of these full casts & this is one of my favourites and as usual Clive is brilliant as the radio Sherlock with his wit & intense vigour that makes Holmes what we love, which I have had to repeat for each and every set in this massive collection.

Unfortunately As Michael Williams suddenly passed away during the making of these shows, his quick replacement Dr Watson is not up to standard but is passable under the circumstances as the BBC had no choice but to fill the part a.s.a.p. within hours.

This set of 4 are not the popular usual stories we see on TV. If it was not for this collection I would never have heard them which would be sad as I actually like them all, with three of them being my favourites. I regularly listen to this massive collection which I treasure and so glad we have them from for they are quite difficult to get hold of otherwise and having being in touch with Bert Coules, I know the BBC have no intentions for further productions.

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