Episode #1251

Sherlock and Sci-Fi Christmas

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law as Dr. James Watson in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law as Dr. James Watson in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

This week, we'll follow the clues to decipher how Sherlock Holmes has stayed fresh for more than a century. We'll meet "Sherlock Holmes in sneakers" — 5th grade detective "Encyclopedia Brown" — and also the creator of hit TV show House, whose powers (and weaknesses) are modeled on Holmes'. Plus, we'll hear a sci-fi tale with a holiday twist written by Kurt Andersen.

Sherlock Holmes as Hamlet

Robert Downey Jr., who stars in the new movie Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, is the latest actor to take on this iconic role. Guy Ritchie, the film's director, says Holmes' persona is an even divide between enigma and accessibility. WNYC's Sarah Montague traces ...


Sherlock's Archive

Where would you expect to find the world's largest Sherlock Holmes archive? Try nine stories below Minneapolis, in the rare book collection at the University of Minnesota. Sarah Lemanczyk descends for a visit ...


Elementary, Dr. House

For eight seasons, House, M.D. has been diagnosing patients with the same reason, deduction, and flair that Holmes relied upon to solve crimes. And that's no accident: the show's creator, David Shore, tells Kurt that his series was originally conceived as a police ...


Encyclopedia Brown

Forty-eight years ago, Donald J. Sobol put sneakers on Sherlock Holmes and set him in small-town America. Produced by Studio 360's Derek John ...


"Human Intelligence: A Holiday Tale"

This is what Kurt Andersen considers a holiday tale ... melting ice caps and extraterrestrial spies? Kurt's story, "Human Intelligence," was produced for radio by Jonathan Mitchell, and stars Melanie Hoopes, John Ottavino, and Ed Herbstman. The unabridged version was ...

Comments [10]

Comments [8]

jacob m from N.O., La.

i always loved this story ever since i heard it 2 years ago.

Mar. 27 2013 01:47 AM
Ron Bucalo from NY

I find it a bit annoying when you didn't exactly do your homework, and a simple one at that....... William Gillette was responsible for bringing the meerschaum pipe to the Holmes character, but it was Sidnet Paget, the illustrator of the Holmes stories for The Strand publication, not Gillette that put the deerstalker hat on Holmes..

Jan. 30 2012 11:09 AM

@Jonas: thanks for the tip.

@Moshe, @Shelley, and @EB: Yes! "Sherlock" is tops! Sharp, stylish, creepy, just brilliant. Alas, the reboot appeared after we produced the segments you heard in this week's show (a rerun assembled for the holiday). Good news for us fans: new episodes premiere in the UK beginning next week. Fingers crossed that they reach our shores soon...

Dec. 26 2011 07:15 PM

I'm back, I forgot to mention the BBC/PBS show is called "Sherlock." with Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock. I hope I spelled his name correctly.

And I found out the show mentioned by a commenter below by Asylum productions is on Netflix streaming for a few more days!

Please do a follow up show, there is more material to mine on this topic, but thanks for a nice program, Jeremy Brett was my personal favorite. And I wish Basil Rathbone had done more movies sticking to the original stories.

Dec. 26 2011 04:41 PM

What about the Moffat reboot from BBC and American PBS Mystery? Hellll-O people... Season One is out on DVD, do yourself a favor and watch. Season Two will be out soon! Sadly only 3 eps per season. Good stuff. Well worth seeing!

Dec. 26 2011 04:26 PM
Jonas Goldenberg from Massachusetts

Hi, I just heard your story on Holmes in movies and tv, without a single mention of the holmes movie that I, for one (and probably only), think is the best rendition of Sherlock Holmes produced in the past few years. That is "Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes" produced by a "B" movie studio called "The Asylum" and directed by an up and coming young director, Rachel Lee Goldenberg. With a budget that is around 1% of the mainstream Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downy Junior, this low budget version does an excellent job of making Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson an interesting and compelling pair of 18th century detectives. I wish you would check this out and add it to any follow-up you do on this story. Thanks.

Dec. 25 2011 02:26 PM

I have to agree with Moshe. The BBC's new Sherlock is a brilliant update. Much more layered and clever than the recent films.

Dec. 22 2011 10:36 PM
Moshe Hongisto from Davis, CA

Yet you skipped the BBC reboot of the show, which has been on for over a year now, and which is by far the best dramatization of the detective in decades... that's weird. Are only American versions of the show kosher?

Dec. 22 2011 04:55 PM

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