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Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: v. 4 (BBC Audio) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Bert Coules
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19 April 2010 BBC Audio
Clive Merrison and Andrew Sachs star in three brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast adventures. How many times did Dr John Watson tantalise us with a passing reference to a mystery which his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, never wrote about in full? In these full cast original adventures Bert Coules, the chief dramatist of BBC Radio 4's celebrated complete "Sherlock Holmes" canon, has imaginatively fleshed out three such unrecorded cases. 'The Remarkable Performance of Mr Frederick Merridew': A night at the music hall ends in tragedy. Is it possible that Sherlock Holmes has finally met his match? 'The Eyes of Horus': How could a priceless Egyptian artefact vanish from a locked casket in a locked safety-deposit box in a locked vault in a locked bank? 'The Marlbourne Point Mystery': In the bleak beauty of an isolated coastal headland, Holmes and Watson discover death, treachery, betrayal and a remarkable recluse with an extraordinary friend. Then the enigmatic Mycroft Holmes astonishes his brother as the shocking truth behind the mystery of the politician, the lighthouse and the trained cormorant is finally revealed.

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  • Audio CD: 4 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (19 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140842732X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408427323
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 14.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb effort from the BBC 9 May 2010
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There are a lot of poor attempts at Sherlock Holmes adventures out there, but these three offerings from the BBC are good - very good. I'd even go so far as to say almost as good as if Conan Doyle had written them himself!

The stories themselves are clever and engrossing, but the quality of the production is out of this world, with every little detail crystal clear - I found myself completely absorbed in the atmosphere of The Marlbourne Point Mystery - the sound of the sea gulls and the crashing waves really made me feel like I was there.

I'm a big Sherlock Holmes fan and try to lay my hands on everything going (good and bad) and I have to say these are easily some of the better stories out there. I can't recommend this CD set strongly enough. Well done BBC, and let's hope to see more of the same in the very near future!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The game is once more afoot. 28 April 2010
By Sir Barnabas VINE VOICE
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In several of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Watson hints at further, unpublished mysteries. This is a collection of 3 such stories penned by radio dramatist Bert Coules.

The Remarkable Performance of Mr Frederick Merridew; mentioned in The Empty House, Watson requests Holmes' intervention after a night at the music hall ends in tragedy.

The Eyes of Horus; mentioned in The Hound of the Baskervilles, a priceless Egyptian antique disappears from a locked box, within a safety deposit box sealed in a vault and threatens a diplomatic incident. Can Holmes retrieve the object in time?

The Marlbourne Point Mystery (parts 1 & 2); mentioned in The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger, Holmes is asked by his brother Mycroft to investigate after a man appears to commit suicide only to later be murdered.

Presented on four discs, these are very well written and performed dramatisations and both Clive Berrison and Andrew Sachs are good as Holmes and Watson respectively. As a fan of the Sherlock Holmes stories myself, it is apparent that Coules has clearly studied Conan Doyle's writings very carefully and it is easy to imagine that they were penned by the man himself.

Overall, highly recommended for any Holmes fan, although I'd suggest it's possibly a bit pricey for what you get.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blends seamlessly with the original stories. 13 May 2010
By Lucy Lavande TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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It's unfair to compare these stories to the original Conan-Doyle canon, or the performances to those of previous actors; devotees of Holmes will doubtless have their favourites. On its own merits, this is superb drama, based on those tantalising references to past cases, where Holmes would ask Watson to hand him a particular file from his notes. Volume Four presents three more such tales, featuring respectively a murder at a music hall, a vanishing Egyptian artefact, and a man who commited suicide, only to be murdered a few hours later...

Clive Merrison captures the aloof, mercurial and often tetchy Holmes and is perfectly counterbalanced by Andrew Sachs as the practical, empathetic Watson. Solo violin interspersed between pivotal scenes adds atmosphere and authenticity, as does the high quality of audible background setting, which creates vivid images of late Victorian England. Hugely enjoyable, long may this series continue.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Victorian mystery and suspense. 27 May 2010
By RM/TM TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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There are three different plays on this CD - two short stories and one longer, 'feature-length' piece. The first tale is about a murder in Victorian theatreland (or more accurately, the world of the music hall), the second concerns the theft of an Egyptian antiquity from a elderly lady, and the third, the death of a young man in a seaside town. First glance at the listings suggests this is a bit of an odd combination, but listening to all three stories reveals why they are packaged together. I won't give too much away - you'll have to discover the connection for yourself!

The third tale is by far the most gripping of the three, with the same slightly unsettling atmosphere apparent in M R James's ghost stories set on the East Anglian coast. Though Holmes and Watson aren't investigating the supernatural here, there is a distinct sense of erieness as they try to resolve whether the death of the village simpleton was suicide or murder. The soundtrack is very evocative - steam trains tearing through the countryside, footsteps on shingly beaches, and seabirds calling into the wind. The suspect list are a diverse bunch - the father of the victim, thoroughly embarressed by his inept son, the uncooperative village constable, a host of local dignitaries, and the strange elderly oriental living in a shack on the beach. Everything is frightfully British, from the condescending observations about the servants, to Holmes's thinly veiled admiration for a well-planned crime.

The two shorter tales don't really live up to the sense of atmosphere conveyed in the longer feature, but are still reasonably enjoyable, given the talented cast, which includes Andrew Sachs and Hugh Bonneville.

A nice way to spend a rainy afternoon, or a long car journey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than merely meretricious 25 Nov 2010
By P. A. Murphy VINE VOICE
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This set contains three masterful stories by Bert Coules, Radio 4's longtime Holmes dramatic adapter. Holmes, as followers of Radio 4 will know is played reliably as ever by the superb Clive Merrison, with Andrew Sachs ably stepping into the breach left by the late Michael Williams as Watson. In fact with all three of these original stories, it is Sach's urbane and sometimes cynical Watson that gets the most opportunity to shine, as indeed in The Remarkable Performance of Mr Frederick Merridew, the case - and the story - is largely told from Watson's viewpoint, with Holmes drafted in to piece the reported facts together. Sachs brings all the class and quality a voice actor of his considerable expertise can bear to this equally classy series of BBC productions

Merrison's Holmes, as fans of the series will already know, is quite a different kettle of fish from, say, Jeremy Brett's spiky, unpredictable Holmes, or indeed Benedict Cumberbatch's high-functioning sociopathic Sherlock, to cite but two televisual examples - in fact on first listen, I must confess to a certain resistance to his manner. And my concern was that his manner is engaging: Merrison's Holmes comes across as a brilliant, unique and incisive chap, to be sure, but also thoroughly likeable. It came as a shock after enjoying a series of ostensibly irascible, even supercilious portrayals, but after a while, and divorced from the sometimes distracting visual element, I finally `got' it: a radio Holmes needs to bring an element of warmth and likeability to a medium as intimate as only the broadcast of human voices can be, and Merrison delivers this in spades, with a sureness of touch that comes, like Sachs, from an impressive radio pedigree.

Coupled with distinctive, convincingly Conanesque dialogue and scenarios, typical of someone steeped in Holmes radio lore as Bert Coules, and you have several more-than-worthy additions to the Sherlock Holmes canon. Best listened to at night!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars So thats what happened with the politician, the lighthouse and the...
An enjoyable pastiche written by Bert Coules, who even appears in this as the postman. Three stories with a double CD for the last, which reveals the tale of the politician, the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Graham S
5.0 out of 5 stars The remarkable performance from Mr. Bert Coules...
Sherlock Holmes lives on with Mr. Coules adding flesh to the bones of cases mentioned in passing, from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories. Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2012 by Richard Rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars Another classic for my son
My son has listened to this audio book on a number of occasions and SHerlock Holmes has lost none of its original charms over the years. Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2010 by Victor Meldrew Mk2
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Entertainment
This audio version of Sherlock Holmes is wonderfully entertaining. I have read all of the original Conan Doyle stories and Bert Coules has written three very good adaptations in... Read more
Published on 28 Sep 2010 by Mr. R. N. Lock
4.0 out of 5 stars A good collection of tales
This audio CD contains three stories that were inspired by those of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; they were not actually written by him. Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2010 by S. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great dramatisation of the stories
This is a Sherlock Holmes set based upon the work of Author Conan-Doyle, rather than direct from his pen. Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2010 by Robert Hardie
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for those long, housework hours
When you're stuck doing the ironing or dishes, or even if you just want to relax on the sofa for a while then the radio drama of Sherlock Holmes makes for perfect listening. Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2010 by Inspector Gadget
4.0 out of 5 stars The game's afoot...
A quality production. More than serviceable Holmes and Watson, atmospheric production values, sharp, detailed stories, satisfying resolutions. Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2010 by Withnail67
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Conan Doyle, but just as good as
I really loved these 3 BBC adaptations of one of the most famous fictional sleuths of all time. The stories themselves are constructed from references made in the original... Read more
Published on 7 Jun 2010 by G. Horsham
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine pastiche
These three Burt Coules stories are on a par with the previous offerings.

There is a longer story, which is a little bit better developed.
Published on 7 Jun 2010 by Malcolm L. R. Pinhorn
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