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Special #10: 221B Con Live with Ashley Polasek

The Baker Street Babes want to thank everyone who was so very kind to us at 221B Con and introduce our newest Babe at the same time we give you our second annual live episode:

Ashley Polasek and Sherlockian Film Through the Ages

In this podcast, we discuss Watson's progression from absentee to "life partner," trends in Sherlockian adaptations through the ages, how much better Sherlock Holmes: A Case of Evil should have been, the vastly underrated importance of Nigel Bruce, and much more!  We thank the 221B Con organizers very kindly for allowing us live podcast time, and everyone who was there in the audience for being absolute peaches.

Ashley Polasek is an “Aca-Sherlockian,” happily living at the crossroads of academia, traditional Sherlockiana, and contemporary fandom. She has spoken about Sherlock Holmes at academic conferences across the US, UK, and continental Europe, and has published in peer reviewed journals and academic texts relating Holmes to a multitude of literary and film studies topics; she will graduate with her PhD on adaptations of Sherlock Holmes in July of 2014. Ashley is a member of both The Diogenes Club of Washington D.C. and the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, and has attended BSI and ASH events for many years. She has published in the Baker Street Journal, and was a speaker at the “Behind the Canonical Screen” conference in Los Angeles in 2012; she will co-edit (with Lyndsay Faye) the conference’s companion volume for the BSI Press. Ashley has been interviewed about Sherlock Holmes on The Baker Street Babes podcast, CNN International, and CBS Sunday Morning. 

If you follow Babes, Ashley can be found on Twitter @SherlockPhd!


Music: "Happy Alley" by Kevin MacLeod

Direct download: Special10_221BCon2014AshleyPolasek.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:10pm UTC

Episode 55: Tony Lee

Kafers and Taylor traveled to Birmingham to attend Starfury's Elementary Con and interview New York Times Best Selling author Tony Lee on one of the panels.

The girls and Tony discuss Sherlock Holmes, Tony's deep and unabiding love for Professor Moriarty, and talk everything writing from ideas to how Tony fleshes out his own work. Thoughtful questions from the audience, and lots of love.


Tony Lee is a multiple-time New York Times Best-seller List Author and Eagle Award winning Writer. He has written for Radio 4, The BBC, commerical television in both the UK and the US, magazines, and both local and national newspapers. You can find out more about Tony on his website at

Direct download: Episode_55-TonyLee.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:26pm UTC

Episode 54: The Detective, The Woman and The Silent Hive

BSB Amy has a new book! Silent Hive is a new story about Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler that ties into Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original story “The Five Orange Pips." We chat to her about what it's like having three pastiches out, a LOT about The Five Orange Pips, and how to start writing your own pastiches.


Amy has previously written The Detective and The Woman and The Detective, The Woman and The Winking TreeSilent Hive is the third in the series, and it continues her exploration of the lives of Holmes and Adler post-Reichenbach. The new story stands alone, but if you’ve read the other two, you’ll find references and continued plotlines to enjoy.

Here’s what the book is about:


The mysterious death of Irene Adler’s bees leads to a consultation with Sherlock Holmes and the discovery of a sinister connection to a case many years in the past. When this threat imperils the safety of everyone the detective holds dear, he and The Woman are forced to use every ounce of their ingenuity to save their friends.

Direct download: Episode_54-AmyBook3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:11pm UTC

Episode 53: Lars Mikkelsen, Jonathan Aris, Arwel Wyn Jones

Kafers and Taylor traveled to Birmingham to attend Starfury's Elementary Con and got to have a brief chat with Sherlock's Lars Mikkelsen (Charles Augustus Magnussen), Jonathan Aris (Anderson), and Arwel Wyn Jones (set designer), as well as some cosplayers.

What were their favorite scenes? How much does Arwel like to tease the fans? And how did Jonathan scare the shit out of the camera man?

A reminder to go check out for a possible early sneak peek at our new secret project and to vote for us in the Shorty Awards at

Direct download: Episode_53-LMJAAWJ.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:50pm UTC

Episode 52: A Finger Slip Webseries

Fan fiction is being brought to the screen. You read that right. Curly chats with the team behind ‘A Finger Slip: The Webseries’ and finds out where the project came from, why it’s important, and something about pancakes.

Most importantly, you should check out their Kickstarter, which is nearly at its goal! But keep funding it, because the more money they have, the better this web series will be.

Don’t know what A Finger Slip is about… well here’s a handy summary:

A fan fiction by Pawtal (inspired by Sherlock Holmes) in which John and Sherlock accidentally meet through texts as teenagers. Read it.

Make sure to visit their official tumblr: & on twitter @AFSwebseries.

Direct download: Episode_52-A_Finger_slip_Webseries.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:19pm UTC

Episode 51: His Last Vow

It seemed like Sherlock Series 3 only started less than two weeks ago... oh... wait. Yup, it's finale time, and what a finale it was! Sherlock Series 3 is over just like that, and with it there wer emore twists and turns and exploration than we've ever seen before. No more so than in His Last Vow.

BSBs Curly, Lyndsay, Kafers, Ardy, Amy, & Sarah get their teeth into His Last Vow.

We debate, we have opinions, we change opinions, and we all agree that Charles Augustus Magnussen is the best... in a "he's horrible I hate him" kind of way.

Questions from followers and listeners, our thoughts on THE ENDING and what Series 4 may have in store for us.

Direct download: Episode_51-His_Last_vow.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:32pm UTC

Episode 50: The Sign Of Three
The podcast contains spoilers. Major spoilers. Spoilers of the extreme. You have been warned.
What a corker! The Sign Of Three has pretty much universally delighted the BSBs, but there's still plenty to talk about, lots of theories, and a whole ton of meta.
Join BSBs Maria, Curly, Kafers, Lyndsay, Melinda, Amy, Ardy, and Sarah for our 50th episode!

Who is the id, the ego, and the super ego in Sherlock? What's wrong with our beautiful consulting detective? And dear god what is going to happen in His Last Vow?

Direct download: Episode_50-The_Sign_Of_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:31pm UTC

Episode 49 - The Empty Hearse

The podcast contains spoilers. Major spoilers. Spoilers of the extreme. You have been warned.

It's been two years, but Sherlock is back. The Empty Hearse, by Mark Gatiss, reunites the consulting detective and army doctor, but not without a few big bumps along the way.

London is under attack, there's a new love interest in the form of Mary Morstan, and why does Mycroft need a goldfish?

A love letter to fandom, Babes Curly, Taylor, Kafers, Lyndsay, Turk, & Amy discuss and review the newest episode.

Direct download: Episode_49-The_Empty-Hearse.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:04pm UTC

Nick Briggs & The Ordeals Of Sherlock Holmes

Nick Briggs is the Executive Producer of Big Finish, the Voice of the Daleks, and most importantly... he's Sherlock Holmes in The Ordeals Of Sherlock Holmes!

Babes Curly, Taylor, Kafers, Maria & Amy chat with Nick about the new box set from Big Finish, the love he has for audio and theatre, his amazing cast, tricking Benedict Cumberbatch, and what Holmes would deduce about a Dalek.

You can get The Ordeals Of Sherlock Holmes plus all the other Holmesian audios at Order Ordeals [HERE]!


Jago & Litefoot [website]: Jago and Litefoot is an audio series from Big Finish Productions. The stories involve Henry Gordon Jago and George Litefoot, characters first introduced in Doctor WhoThe Talons of Weng-Chiang, who become Infernal Investigators, solving mysteries involving paranormal or alien 

The Confessions Of Dorian Gray starring Alexander Vlahos [website]: Inspired by Oscar Wilde's classic story of hedonism and corruption, The Confessions of Dorian Gray imagines a world where Dorian Gray was real, and his friendship with Oscar Wilde spawned the notorious novel. Ghosts Of Christmas Past is the one where Nick as Holmes appears.

The Big Finish Podcasts [website]

Direct download: Episode_48-Nick_Briggs_And_The_Ordeals_Of_Sherlock_Holmes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:06pm UTC

Episode 47: Sherlock- The Game (Is On!)

Did you know there is a Sherlock video game? Well, there is! And better yet, it's completely fan created. BSBs Curly, Maria, Taylor, & Ardy sat down with some of the team behind Sherlock: The Game Is On to learn how it started and to try and solve the puzzle of how such a collaborative project of this size even works.

Many thanks to Lynx, Carolyn, Yuri, Joey, & Becky for chatting with us.

You can find out more about the project at:




Their soundtrack is available on Soundcloud:

And here is the vide they put out:

Games Mentioned:

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective

The Testament Of Sherlock Holmes

Creepy Watson

Direct download: Episode_47_-_Sherlock_The_Game_Is_On.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:39pm UTC