The Baker Street Babes
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.
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Episode 66: Mr. Holmes Reaction Episode
Mr. Holmes, starring Sir Ian McKellen and based on the book A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullen, has been a subject of tremendous excitement in the Sherlockian world ever since the news of its early planning! In Episode 66, join Babes Sarah, Amy, Melinda, Taylor, and Lyndsay as they discuss their impressions of this important new contribution to the legacy of the Great Detective, and a gosh darned good flick at that.
 
This episode is not spoiler-free, so be warned--we cover a lot of ground here. How were the film's themes interwoven and mirrored? What other Sussex-era content should you be getting your greedy hands on? What were the film's most resonant moments for Sherlockians and just how hot did Sir Ian look in those pinstriped trousers?  If Sherlock Holmes, as it's said, never lived and so can never die, what does that mean for late-life adaptations? How meta is this movie and how much of that is thanks to Doyle himself?  
 
Deep thoughts, much appreciation for Sir Ian and his colleagues, fan-casting Sir Patrick Stewart as Watson--all this awaits in Episode 66.
 
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Episode 65: Sherlock Prom

In our 65th episode Amy, Ashley and Maria are joined by the initiator and director of the Sherlock Prom, Matthew Sweet. The currently sold out Sherlock Prom will be held on August 16 in London’s Royal Albert Hall – but fear not, 1000 standing tickets will be available on the day of the event and the concert will be broadcast live via BBC Radio 3 and will be available on the iPlayer afterwards. 

We’re chatting with Matt about Sherlock Holmes and music – about the musical choices Doyle made in the stories, the importance of the violin to Sherlock Holmes and how the different adaptations include Holmes’s musical tastes and interests. After this interview, we are even more excited for the event than we were before!

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Episode 64: The Lost William Gillette Film

The lost William Gillette film: the stuff of legend for over a hundred years, it was found at the bottom of a box labeled “Sherlock Holmes” by an archivist at Cinematheque Francaise, “one of the holy grails of lost films” preserved in a nitrate duplicate negative.  The Sherlockian world exploded with the news: as universally known in his day for playing Sherlock Holmes as Cumberbatch is currently, Gillette’s image with the iconic pipe and deerstalker was used for countless advertisements, was recognized across the world, and was used as the model for Frederick Dorr Steele’s illustrations of new Sherlock Holmes stories in Collier’s magazine. Sir Arthur “I Hate Sherlock Holmes” Conan Doyle was a fan, people.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a fan.

After debuting on Holmes’s birthday in Paris, the film premiered at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival in California, USA!  Babes Ashley and Lyndsay were in attendance, and–along with newly inaugurated Honorable Babe Timothy Greer–they discuss their reactions to the film with a blow-by-blow breakdown of its epic awesomeness, and what it felt like to be in a theatre full of Sherlockians for the inaugural American viewing.

WARNING: THIS PODCAST IS NOT SPOILER-FREE.  If you would like to experience the Gillette film in all its pristine glory when it is released on DVD/Blu-Ray for all the world to see! then you might want to tuck this episode away for later listening.  If not, enjoy our chat about Holmes’s long, slender, agile, slender, slim hands; learn what we mean by “a Larabee cigar”; hear all about Gillette’s lovely interactions with a stellar Watson; and much more!

“An omnivorous reader with a strangely retentive memory for trifles” [LION],Timothy Greer teaches Detective Fiction, Shakespeare, and other subjects at Memphis University School in Memphis, TN, where he is a member of the scion The Giant Rats of Sumatra. Areas of special interest are Holmes’s inspirations and legacies, books in Baker Street, and Sherlockian theatre and film. He received the Morley-Montgomery Award for the article “Murger in Baker Street,” which appeared in the Autumn 2014 edition of The Baker Street Journal, to which publication he heartily encourages you to subscribe. 

 

Music: "Hammock Fight" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) 
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Episode 63: Robert Doherty

Elementary creator, executive producer, and writer Robert Doherty joins BSBs Liz and Amy to discuss the upcoming finale of the third season of the hit CBS show about Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson in modern day New York City. Elementary stars Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes and Lucy Liu as Watson.

Rob discusses his appreciation and love for the fans, drops some hints about the finale, and what to look forward to in season four. Queries about Kitty Winter, Mrs. Hudson, and twitter questions are answered as well!

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Special #14: 221B Con Live With Ben Syder

Asylum's Sherlock Holmes is the best Sherlock Holmes adaptation of all time. I mean, what other Holmes film has him battling a mechanical dragon while in a dirigible/hot air balloon with a gatling gun?! NONE! We lucky ladies got to sit down and chat with Ben Syder, who played the amazing Sherlock Holmes in this masterpiece of cinema at 221B Con this year. Learn all about how he had NO idea what Asylum was, missing scenes, and how someone thought he was Robert Downey Jr.

Huge thanks to Ben for chatting with us and to 221B Con for having us back!

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BSB Live & Local 2: Jeremy Strong

Welcome to Baker Street Babes Live and Local, coming to you from the University of West London!

Most Sherlockians have picked up a pastiche or read some fanfic, but the long shadow of Sherlock Holmes reaches so much further than stories that feature him. The relationship of Holmes and Watson, and the many adventures that Conan Doyle wrote for them, continue to be a key influence on non-Sherlockian fiction as well. Professor Jeremy Strong’s novel Mean Business is a product of that influence, as well as the influence of many other films and favorite works of literature. The ripping Victorian adventure is well-worth the read in its own right, but fans of Sherlock Holmes will find an extra layer of pleasure in spotting the imprint of the Great Detective and the Good Doctor on its pages.

In this episode, Baker Street Babe Ashley chats with the delightful and ever-engaging Jeremy about Mean Business, the process of writing a novel, and just how Sherlock Holmes manages to sneak into a book that he isn’t meant to be in.

Listen here, and enjoy!

Jeremy Strong is Professor of Literature and Film at the University of West London. He holds degrees from Exeter, New York, and Stirling and has worked in the University sector throughout his career. Chair of the Association of Adaptation Studies, he is widely published on Film, Literature and Cultural Studies. He lives in rural Essex with his wife and daughter.

Visit his personal website here and see his professional profile here.

Download an e-book copy of Mean Business for a staggeringly low price at Amazon. Seriously, you can read this book for the price of a grande caramel macchiato. It’s longer-lasting, much tastier, and will give you so many more feelings. Do it now.

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Episode 62: Parodying Sherlock with Vidar Magnussen

What is the essence of a unibrow?

How do you make a comedic hit? You get a director who doesn't understand English, a comedian who looks like Martin Freeman, and Vidar Magnussen who writes three minutes of utter nonsense. That's BBBC's Sherlock by NRK, and it's glorious.
 
The first skit, Oklahomo, became so popular online that another was commissioned and now here's the third! Babes Maria, Taylor, and Sora sit down with mastermind Vidar to talk about how the skits came to be, specifically about 'The Case of the Missing Shoulder' and how "[i]t's a very strange collaboration of people not knowing what the hell they're doing."
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Episode 61: Adam Christopher & The Ghost Line

Welcome to the Baker Street Babes Podcast, Episode #61!

Join Babes Liz and Lyndsay as they interview Adam Christopher, the author of a new series of Elementary show tie-in novels.  A longtime lover of New York and a passionate fan of Elementary, Adam is also an acclaimed comic writer, winner of the Sir Julius Vogel Award as an editor (New Zealand's highest science fiction honor), and SciFiNow's Book of the Year Winner for Empire State.

Adam (as you will hear) is also a longtime lover of the canonical Holmes, Dr. Who, and many other fannish pursuits that make him the perfect choice to provide us with fabulous spin-off Elementary adventures.  We'll chat about all these things, ask whether Holmes qualifies as a superhero, and discuss the Joan-Sherlock relationship and its importance to his new series.

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Episode 60: Mrs. Hudson Appreciation

Ah, the ever patient housekeeper of Mr. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. Mrs. Hudson has had to deal with these two for many years and its's about time she as appreciate for the superhero she was! From the original canonical Mrs. Hudson to Una Stubbs and Elementary's transgender Mrs. Hudson, we gush about our favorite housekeeper.

 

Music: Nothing Broken by Kevin MacLeod

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