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Episode 73: Paul Cornell

BSB Amy and friend of the podcast Kate chat with author and screenwriter Paul Cornell about his new book Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? and writing for the show Elementary. Read our complete review of the book and join us for thoughts on writing diverse characters, whether or not it really is "always 1895", and why Holmes is the original superhero.

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Special #15: 221B Con Live With David Nellist

Once again we return to 221B Con for a live podcast, this year with BBC Sherlock's David Nellist!

Join BSBs Amy, Ashley, Taylor, and Sarah as we learn more about David's way of acting, his headcanons about Stamford (is he SECRETLY MORIARTY?!), what type of dog Stamford has, as well as his favorite roles he's played and wants to play.

David Nellist will be best known to Sherlock Holmes fans as portraying Stamford in BBC's Sherlock.  He trained at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance and has since taken on a number of acting roles both on and off screen. Stage credits include War Horse, Billy Elliot, Nicholas Nickleby, Taming of the Shrew, and Cherry Orchard. Other television credits are 55 Degrees North, The Bill, and Breeze Block, and he's been in the films My Boy Lollipop, Bad Dads, and Leda. You can find him on twitter @nellidge.

Direct download: Special15_221BCon_DavidNellist.mp3
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Episode 72: A Study in Pink

It's the episode that started it all and launched a fandom and took over Tumblr. BBC Sherlock's A Study in Pink is more that the beginning of the modern journey of Sherlock and John, it was what brought many people into the Sherlock Holmes world.

Join BSBs Maria, Amy, Sora, Tiffany, and Tamar for an in-depth discussion on BBC Sherlock's very first aired episode. It's a bit longer than our typical episodes, even our reaction ones, but there's just so much to say about A Study in Pink and the sheer effect it had on not only a lot of us, but on the Sherlock Holmes community as a whole.

We talk about the first episode's relation to the series as a whole, so if you haven't watched it all, there will be spoilers, sorry!

Direct download: Episode_72-A_Study_In_Pink.mp3
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Episode 71: Bert Coules

Live from BSI Weekend! BSBs Curly, Lyndsay, and Maria got to sit down and chat with Bert Coules, head writer and creator of the BBC Sherlock Holmes radio series starring Clive Merrison and Michael Williams. This radio adaptation of the canon was the first to present all 60 stories (plus more!), and for many is the truest “Victorian” adaptation.

We learn how the series came to be, how it kept expanding, and some fun tales from the recording studio. 

Links:

Bert Coules’ Website: http://www.bertcoules.co.uk

About Bert, his other work, and future projects.

BBC Production Website: http://merrisonholmes.com

Background, behind the scenes, and where to buy the original radio production starring Clive Merrison and Michael Williams.

221BBC Bookhttp://www.wessexpress.com/html/221bbc.html

221 BBC - Writing for the World's Only Complete Dramatised Canon and Beyond (with Some Observations upon Previous Radio Appearances of Mr. Sherlock Holmes & Dr. John Watson) by Bert Coules

Direct download: Episode_71-Bert_Coules.mp3
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Episode 70: The Abominable Bride

!!!THIS PODCAST AND FOLLOWING POSTING CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!

If you have not seen the Sherlock special The Abominable Bride, do not read or listen because there is no saving you from all the spoilers. This is your final warning! We mean it!

The Abominable Bride is here and she's taking no prisoners. We're transported back to Victorian London, Holmes' actual home, on a whirlwind journey through the life and misadventures of one great detective and his stalwart friend, Dr. Watson. From their first meeting to crimes both dangerous and grim ("the dog one!"), we're shuttled through a flurry of the short stories and novels until we come to The Bride.

We expected, perhaps, an homage to the Victorian canon and instead got something unexpected and wonderful: a psychological look at Sherlock himself. We see how he perceives himself, others around him, and the mysteries he and John solve as a swirl of mysterious fog laden adventures under the gaslight streets of late 19th century London.

While we have lots of praise, there's critique as well, and plenty of discussion about what The Abominable Bride means in the grander scheme of Series 3. It's wonderful.

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BSB Live & Local 4: No Place Like Holmes

BSBs Ardy and Maria sit down with Ross K Foad, creator and star of the web series No Place Like Holmes. No Place Like Holmes was founded by Ross K Foad in 2009 and hosts a multitude of video goodness for Sherlock Holmes fans in the form of its episodic Web Drama Comedy Series NPLH. Featuring the excellent time traveling adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, No Place Like Holmes is currently airing Series 5.

NPLH It also features video reviews of Sherlock Holmes books, documentaries, interviews, and essays of a Holmesian nature.

Direct download: BSB_LAL_4_NoPlaceLikeHolmes.mp3
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Episode 69: Ken Ludwig & Baskerville

BSBs Lyndsay and Ashley chat on the phone with legendary playwright Ken Ludwig about the hilariously ridiculous and exhilarating Baskerville, currently playing in Philadelphia at the Suzanne Roberts Theater.

Get your deerstalker cap on—the play’s afoot! From the award-winning mastermind of mayhem, Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor), comes a fast-paced comedy about everyone’s favorite detective solving his most notorious case. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must crack the mystery of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Watch as our intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than 40 characters. Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire? Can our heroes discover the truth in time? Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be.

From how the show came to be to magnetic flowers shooting down from the ceiling to why having a younger Holmes & Watson is the cool thing to do, Ken brings us into his delightful world.

Direct download: Episode_69-Ken_Ludwig.mp3
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Episode 68: Unaired Sherlock Pilot Reaction

By popular request we are doing reaction episodes for the first series of BBC's Sherlock! But we couldn't just jump in with "A Study In Pink." 

Oh no. 

We have to take a step back and look at the un-aired pilot. From skin tight jeans to leather jackets, Batman, and Hipster!lock, BSBs Amy, Maria, and Ardy dissect the original and see how it differs from the aired version. Some of it’s good. Some of it’s bad. All of it is wonderful.

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BSB Live & Local 3: Bonnie MacBird and Art in the Blood

Our third Live & Local comes to you from Baker Street! Babe Ardy chats to Bonnie MacBird, author of pastiche Art in the Blood, about Holmes, art, and writing pastiche. Bonnie also talks about "coming out" as a Sherlockian, cool things she found out while researching the Victorian period, and, of course, art and looking at Holmes as an artist.

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Episode 67: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse
What happens when a 7'2" NBA All-Star with a passion for history and his professional screenwriter partner-in-crime team up to write an early biography of Sherlock's eccentric and beloved elder brother?  The result is Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse, an authorial dynamic duo who looked at the Man-Who-Was-the-British-Government and asked themselves how he ended up that way--alone, sedentary, and nigh-omniscient.
 
Join Babes Amy and Lyndsay along with both authors as they discuss their Sherlockian origins, racial themes in the novel and in Kareem's historical and editorial writing, Trinidad in the colonialist period, Mycroft's closest friend Cyrus Douglas, and much more.  The book was hailed by Booklist as "combining fascinating historical detail with rousing adventure," byLibrary Journal as a "slam-dunk of a debut novel," and by Publisher's Weekly as "triumphant."  We loved the book and were honored to get the chance to chat with its lovely authors, so if you're unfamiliar, give a listen and see why Sherlockians are hailing it as one of the best pastiches in recent memory.
Direct download: Ep67_Kareem_Abdul-Jabbar_and_Anna_Waterhouse.mp3
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