Who’s the best Holmes? Who’s the best Watson?

By sarah madden, blog editor on 19 Jan 2015

Many actors have taken on the iconic roles of Holmes and Watson, but who did it best? This January and February, we’re inviting Sherlockians to join in the debate and state their case. So, who’s your favourite?

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The Sound of Sherlock

By bert coules, former BBC radio producer-director on 22 Oct 2014
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Clive Merrison and Michael Williams in ‘His Last Bow’

I first met the doctor and the detective on the BBC airwaves in the late 1950s. I was around ten years old and I still recall the thrill of the wonderfully contrasted voices of Norman Shelley as the affable port-and-cigars storyteller and Carleton Hobbs as the ever-civilised, unflappable sleuth. Rather too civilised and unflappable for my tastes now, but every Sherlock is a reflection of the times he appears in and those were very different days. Read the full postRead the full post

Guest blog: Shaun Leane and the hidden jewels of the Cheapside Hoard

By shaun leane on 15 Oct 2013
Shaun Leane, presenter of BBC4's 'Secret Knowledge: The Hidden Jewels of the Cheapside Hoard' © BBC

Shaun Leane, presenter of BBC4’s ‘Secret Knowledge: The Hidden Jewels of the Cheapside Hoard’ © BBC

Shaun Leane, award winning jewellery designer and presenter of BBC4’s ‘Secret Knowledge: The Hidden Jewels of the Cheapside Hoard‘ writes about London craftsmanship and the mysteries contained in the Cheapside Hoard. Read the full postRead the full post

Seen and Heard: The Birth of British Television

By other museum staff on 5 Aug 2011

Toddler favourites Teletubbies and In the Night Garden are the latest in a long heritage of fantastic children’s TV for the under 5s. The origins of children’s television in programmes such as Andy Pandy and Bill and Ben (the flowerpot men) are, in some ways, very different but at the same time very familiar to what our children see and enjoy today. The pioneers of this new medium in the 40s and 50s were Frida Lingstrom and Maria Bird at the BBC who developed the ‘Watch with Mother’ slot and invented the characters Andy Pandy, Bill and Ben and the […]