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The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a series of radio dramas written by Bert Coules, based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Canon of Sherlock Holmes. The series' sixteen episodes were broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002, 2004, 2008-9 and 2010. Clive Merrison portrayed Sherlock Holmes, having previously played the detective in a complete canonical run for Radio 4 (the only actor to successfully do so to date). The role Dr John Watson was recast as Andrew Sachs, after the death of Michael Williams, who had portrayed him in the canonical run. Each of the stories is based on a reference to an unpublished case from one of Conan Doyle's original stories.

Episodes

Series 1

The Madness of Colonel Warburton

Broadcast: 30 January 2002

Watson's ex-commanding officer alarms his family due to an interest in spiritualism.

Additional cast:

The Star of the Adelphi

Broadcast: 6 February 2002

When a leading actor is murdered, the sleuth heads backstage in the world of theatre.

Additional cast:

The Peculiar Persecution of Mr John Vincent Harden

Broadcast: 13 February 2002

A metal object found in a dead man's stomach gives the sleuth a vital murder clue.

Additional cast:

  • Jane Asher as Mrs Harden
  • David Thorpe as Michael Philips
  • Claire Corbett as Annie
  • Peter Darney as John Smith

The Singular Inheritance of Miss Gloria Wilson

Broadcast: 20 February 2002

The detective probes a series of audacious thefts with the return of 'The Ghost'.

Additional cast:

  • Toyah Willcox as Gloria Wilson
  • Roy Hudd as James Phillimore
  • Siôn Probert as Inspector Athelney Jones
  • Sean Baker II as Ringmaster

The Saviour of Cripplegate Square

Broadcast: 27 February 2002

The sleuth recalls the case of an extraordinary man helping to solve a diabolical crime.

Additional cast:

Series 2

The Abergavenny Murder

Broadcast: 18 May 2004

When a man dies in his Baker Street apartment, the detective feels bound to investigate.

Additional cast:

  • Ioan Meredith as James Davison

The Shameful Betrayal of Miss Emily Smith

Broadcast: 25 May 2004

The murder of a schoolmistress sees the sleuthing pair head for Kent.

Additional cast:

  • Mark Gatiss as Bert Stevens
  • Christian Rodska as Inspector Geoffrey Dawkins
  • Jaimi Barbakoff as Emily Smith
  • Philip Fox as Dr Frederick Trantor
  • Rachel Atkins as Catherine Trantor
  • Chris Moran as Alfred Laurenson

The Tragedy of Hanbury Street

Broadcast: 1 June 2004

Holmes and Watson investigate why a happy young idealist should kill herself.

Additional cast:

  • Lindsay Duncan as Margaret Adams
  • Colette O'Neil as Miss Wallace
  • Lydia Leonard as Charlotte Adams/Alice
  • John Rowe as Matthew Crosby/Dr Kelly
  • Chris Moran as Dr Jonathan Crosby/Patient
  • Philip Fox as Treeves/Card Sharp
  • Frances Jeater as Mrs Quilley

The Determined Client

Broadcast: 8 June 2004

The crime-solving duo is asked by a woman to clear her father of murder.

Additional cast:

  • Fritha Goodey as Caroline Addleton
  • Ian Masters as William Addleton
  • Philip Fox as Thomas Addleton
  • Rhys Meredith as Frederick Addleton
  • Joanna McCallum as Mrs Sinden
  • John Rowe as Lawyer/Clarkson

The Striking Success of Miss Franny Blossom

Broadcast: 15 June 2004

A body in Hyde Park reunites the sleuth with a notorious former client.

Additional cast:

Series 3

The Remarkable Performance of Mr Frederick Merridew

Broadcast: 26 December 2008

A night at the music hall ends in death, a Wild West sharpshooter finds a new personality, a brick wall crumbles and Holmes is engaged by a most unexpected client.

Additional cast:

The Eyes of Horus

Broadcast: 2 January 2009

How could a priceless Egyptian antique vanish from a locked casket in a locked safety-deposit box in a locked vault in a locked bank? And why has the assistant manager disappeared?

Additional cast:

  • Colette O'Neil as Lady Jean Mallory
  • Stephen Thorne as Inspector Lestrade
  • Stephen Critchlow as Mr Lofting
  • Jonathan Tafler as Terence Wilson
  • Janice Acquah as Margaret Hartnell
  • Malcolm Tierney as Sergeant
  • Paul Rider as Constable

The Thirteen Watches

Broadcast: 9 January 2009

A series of inexplicable and bizarre incidents on a non-stop express train brings a railway baron to Baker Street and takes Holmes and Watson to Rugby.

Additional cast:

The Ferrers Documents

Broadcast: 16 January 2009

What could possibly link a slum landlord, a vanishing prostitute, and a break-in at 221B Baker Street? In a case with no leads, the most important clue is that there are no clues at all.

Additional cast:

  • Stephen Thorne as Inspector Lestrade
  • Jonathan Tafler as Robert Ferrers
  • Thomas Arnold as Constable Thomas Dawkins
  • Donnla Hughes as Alice Ferrers
  • Gunnar Cauthery as George Radcliffe
  • Janice Acquah as Mrs Radcliffe
  • Dan Starkey as Shinwell Johnson

Series 4

The Marlbourne Point Mystery, Part 1

Broadcast: 5 April 2010

In which Holmes and Watson find themselves in unfamiliar but impressive surroundings and (in Holmes's case) in somewhat unusual but not at all unwelcome company. The detective gets a chance to use one of his less frequently aired foreign languages, the doctor gets the shock of his life, a policeman becomes a suspect, a brass band plays a part, and the safety of the Empire is secured by a remarkable bird...

Additional cast:

  • James Laurenson as Mycroft Holmes
  • Piers Wehner as Constable Powell
  • Nigel Hastings as Sir Charles Steele
  • Pik-Sen Lim as Mrs Chang
  • Joseph Cohen-Cole as Harold Jefferstone
  • Bruce Alexander as Mr Jefferstone
  • Richard Dillane as Mr Lade
  • Tessa Nicholson as Elizabeth

The Marlbourne Point Mystery, Part 2

Broadcast: 6 April 2010

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.

Additional cast: Identical to Part 1, plus:

Trivia

  • At the conclusion of the series, Clive Merrison had portrayed Sherlock Homes seventy-five times on BBC Radio 4.
  • Several guest actors in the series previously played Sherlock Holmes in other BBC productions, including Roy Hudd, Tom Baker, and Geoffrey Whitehead. Timothy West had previously played Dr Watson. Mark Gatiss would go on to co-write and portray Mycroft Holmes in the modern-day adaptation, Sherlock.
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