Recently I was interviewed by a wonderful writer who had noticed the guided tours I run and who shares my interest in Sherlock Holmes and the writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. His article is a wonderful mix of classic Sherlock Holmes and the current BBC hit Sherlock. I hope you all enjoy it and check out his wonderful blog. Don’t miss the new Sherlock show on BBC1 on Sunday evening, I can say for a fact that at least one scene takes place right on my usual Sherlock route so I can add that to the tour very easily. Lucky old me! When you see Sherlock reading the note on the bench, that is Byng place in the very heart of Bloomsbury and Sherlock country and just across the road from where the very first Sherlock movie was filmed around 95 years ago!
It’s 130 years since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle published his first Sherlock Holmes novel and his character is, after numerous incarnations on screens large and small, probably going stronger now than it has since the early 20th century.
Back in the 1880s, though, Holmes’ creator wasn’t finding life particularly easy. He had moved to London from Edinburgh to set up as an ophthalmologist and things weren’t going quite according to plan.
Savini at Criterion
Holmes’ first bow
Stephen Liddell runs Sherlock Holmes tours of London and has researched many places in the capital related to the author and his creations.
He says: ‘Conan Doyle had set up a practice on Montague Street, opposite the British Museum, but he found out after a while that he couldn’t afford the rent. It was here that he started writing his first Sherlock Holmes novel.’
Possibly for that reason, when Doctor Watson makes his…
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