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Alexis Barquin
Conan Doyle élu meilleur écrivain policier de tous les temps ! Juillet 7, 2005

Les lecteurs de "Crime Time magazine" ont réçemment voté pour le meilleur auteur de roman policier connu à ce jour. Arthur Conan Doyle emporte le premier prix. 75 ans après sa mort, Conan Doyle séduit donc toujours grâce à son héros mythique. Pour l'occasion, la BBC va republier des CD audio des aventures de Sherlock Holmes et la semaine entière sera dédié au détective.

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Sherlock Holmes Week 4-10th July
Arthur Conan Doyle Voted Best Crime Writer of all Time

75 years after Arthur Conan Doyle's death on 7th July 1930, his famous sleuth Sherlock Holmes is still one of the most recognised and beloved fictional characters of all time. And readers of Crime Time Magazine agree as they recently voted Arthur Conan Doyle the best crime writer of all time! To commemorate the 75-year anniversary of Conan Doyle's death and to celebrate Sherlock Holmes Week this July, BBC Audio have a wealth of new CD releases to delight any fan of the great detective.

Starring Clive Merrison as Sherlock Holmes and Michael Williams as Doctor Watson, these fantastic full-cast Radio 4 dramatisations perfectly capture the atmosphere of Conan Doyle's Victorian London and are a treat for both existing fans and those new to the delights of Sherlock Holmes and his unique detective methods.

Ways to celebrate Sherlock Holmes Week:

- Wear a deerstalker hat for the week
- Set about solving one of your own mysteries (where do those odd socks disappear to?)
- Pay a visit to 221b Baker Street to see where the great sleuth lived.
- Follow in the footsteps of Holmes and Watson by going on a walking tour in London
- Get a sidekick
- Invest in an excellent audio dramatisation from BBC Audio!

Did You Know ?

- Sherlock Holmes was born on 6th January 1854.
- The character of Sherlock Holmes was inspired by a man called Dr Joseph Bell who Conan Doyle met at the University of Edinburgh Medical School in 1877. Bell could tell patients their habits, occupations and nationality, and rarely, if ever, made a mistake.
- Although Sherlock is often depicted wearing a deerstalker hat and checked cape, he was more often described as wearing a smart suit and top hat.
- 221b Baker Street, the Home of Sherlock Holmes, was actually for many years the head office for the Abbey Building Society. Almost as soon as the building opened for business they were inundated with letters from Holmes enthusiasts asking for help with solving mysteries of their own, for advice on how to set up a detective agency or simply just to express their admiration.
- An auction of Conan Doyle memorabilia in 2004 at Christies on London fetched almost £1 million! Lots included one paragraph from a manuscript of The Reigate Squires on lined paper, which sold for £24,000.
- Sherlock Holmes never actually said the line 'elementary my dear Watson' in any of the Conan Doyle stories...
- Sherlock Holmes has been portrayed by more actors than any other character! Just some of these include Christopher Lee, Charlton Heston, Roger Moore and Basil Rathbone- who dominated the role in the 1940's. Most recently, Rupert Everett played Sherlock Holmes in a BBC TV drama called 'The Case of the Silk Stocking'.
- Sherlock Holmes used both cocaine and morphine.
- Holmes was a noted violinist, adept at boxing and the martial art Baritsu, and was proficient at singlestick and fencing.
- Arthur Conan Doyle died of heart disease on 7th July 1930 at his home in Windlesham, Sussex. He was aged 71.

The brand new CDs out in July are:

Sherlock Holmes: His Last Bow Volume 1
Includes stories: Wisteria Lodge, The Cardboard Box, The Red Circle and Partington Plans.

Sherlock Holmes: His Last Bow Volume 2
Includes stories: The Dying Detective, The Disappearance of Lady Francis Carfax, The Devil's Foot, His last Bow.

The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes Volume 1
Includes stories: The Illustrious Client, The Blanched Soldier, The Mazarin Stone, The Three Gables.

The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes Volume 2
Includes Stories: The Sussex Vampire, The Three Garridebs, The Problem of Thor Bridge, The Creeping Man.

The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes Volume 3
Includes stories: The Lion's Mane, The Veiled Lodger, Shoscombe Old Place, The Retired Colourman.

The Return of Sherlock Holmes Volume 1
Includes stories: The Empty House, The Norwood Builder, The Dancing Men, The Solitary Cyclist.

The Return of Sherlock Holmes Volume 2
Includes stories: The Priory School, Black Peter, Charles Augustus Milverton, The Six Napoleons.

The Return of Sherlock Holmes Volume 3
Includes stories: The Three Students, The Golden Pince-Nez, The Missing Three-Quarter, The Abbey Grange.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Volume 3
Includes stories: The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb, The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor, The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet, The Adventure of the Copper Beeches.

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Volume 1
Includes stories: Silver Blaze, The Yellow Face, The Stockbroker's Clerk, The 'Gloria Scott'.

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Volume 2
Includes stories: The Musgrave Ritual, The Reigate Squires, The Crooked Man, The Resident Patient.

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Volume 3
Includes stories: The Greek Interpreter, The Naval Treaty, The Second Stain*, The Final Problem.

*The Second Stain is actually the 13th story in The Return of Sherlock Holmes, but is included in this volume because of CD duration restraints.

Also out at the same time is the excellent: The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

In the fifty-six stories and four novels that Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about his great detective, there are many passing references to successful cases that were never actually written about. Bert Coules, the main dramatist on the complete Radio 4 Sherlock Holmes Canon, has imaginatively fleshed out the cases behind those references to wonderful effect. On this CD Holmes and Watson are played by Clive Merrison and Andrew Sachs.

"A joy from beginning to end. ingenious extensions of the Conan Doyle originals"
- Daily Telegraph

All CD's will be published by BBC Audio on 18th July 2005 priced £17.99 and will be available from all good retailers, online at or by calling: 0800 136 919.

For more information or to request review copies, please contact Laura Burch on (e) or (t) 020 8433 2536.


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