The Baker Street Babes
Episode 32: Elementary

Contains Elementary Spoilers

Elementary, the newest player on the Sherlock Holmes market, premiered on CBS on September 27th. A modern take on Holmes starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu (as femme!Watson), many feared it was a cheap BBC knockoff. Not the case. The Babes take a good look at Elementary, how it relates to the canon and other adaptations. Baseball and the lack of exploding trees make appearances, as does an earnest message that new Holmes is always a good thing. Now about those shoes Joan...

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Special #4: Lyndsay's Intro to Canon—Part 1

Welcome to a very special series of BSB podcast specials with our very own Lyndsay Faye! Lyndsay teaches a class about the Sherlock Holmes stories at the Center for Fiction in Manhattan and has kindly agreed to record it for posterity. So now you can listen to her introduction to the Sherlock Holmes canon wherever you are. Here's Lyndsay's class description for the week—and don't forget to do your homework for next month's ;) SESSION 1: The Adventures --A Scandal in Bohemia --The Red-Headed League --The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle --The Adventure of the Speckled Band The Sherlock Holmes mysteries are timeless adventure stories, still more popular today than upon their initial appearance in the Strand Magazine. While the two novels A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four were published first, Holmes as a cultural phenomenon exploded when Doyle adapted the character into a short form hero. Three of these tales are included in Conan Doyle's "Top Five" List of his own favorite stories, while "The Blue Carbuncle" offers a deliciously atmospheric account of Holmes's deductive abilities. We'll discuss the style and efficiency of Doyle's prose, the real life inspiration for the character of Holmes, the effect these works wrought on the mystery genre, Victorian London as a major character, and the inherent vigilantism of Holmes's moral compass.

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Episode 31: "How Do You Feel About The Violin?" Meet the Sherlock Fan Orchestra!

As part of Fandom Summer, Babes Maria, Ardy and Sarah talk to Alicia, Elliot and Matt, who are the masterminds behind the Sherlock Fan Orchestra, a wonderful project that brings the musicians of the Sherlock fandom together to play pieces from the official soundtrack. Look at their latest video, Pursuit, and make sure you follow them on Twitter: @elliotorin, @matterhines and @alicemundy. Find out how the logistics of a big fan project work, how long it takes and what work is involved in wrangling a mass of musicians from across the globe to play a piece as a symphonic orchestra. (Hint: it's a lot, and it still sounds like pure magic to us). Also, what crazy instruments have people submitted, and what can we hope for from the orchestra in the future? Listen to the podcast for answers to all these questions and more. The Sherlock Fan Orchestra is endorsed and supported by the show's cast and crew, including Michael Price and David Arnold, the composers of the soundtrack.

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