Michael Hardwick

Occasionally I will refer to books from my own library and to particular authors who have furthered the cause that is so dear to me.

In a career that produced over a hundred books, scripts and plays, Michael Hardwick (1924-1991) was drawn many times into the world of Holmes.

It all began when he wrote all the scripts for the classic BBC Radio versions of the stories, starring Carleton Hobbs as Holmes and Norman Shelley as my good self. Recordings of many of these stories are available on the web and occasionally some are broadcast on BBC Radio 7. There is a boxed set available soon.

Michael, and his wife Mollie (of Upstairs, Downstairs fame), wrote what some regard as the “bible” of matters concerning Holmes, The Sherlock Holmes Companion.

Michael and his wife advised the BBC during the Peter Cushing and Nigel Stock series and wrote some of the scripts.

Michael’s more fanciful books include The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, based on the film of the same name, Sherlock Holmes: My Life and Crimes. Perhaps the most entertaining, for me at least, is his The Private Life of Dr Watson!

Few of the above, apart from the film, are still available so you may need to scour the second-hand bookshops or maybe try your local library.


4 Responses

  1. Scott Monty says:

    Thanks for sharing some of your personal library information. It would be great to know a little more about you – who you are, where you might belong to a scion society, etc.

    Scott Monty
    The Baker Street Blog

  2. The Editor says:

    My name is John H Watson MD, late of the Army Medical Department. Since Holmes' "retirement" I have moved back to Baker Street and into the care of Mrs Hudson who provides as much "society" as I need. As far as "scion" is concerned, as an automobile man your may be aware of "scions" produced by one of your competitors!

    Yours sincerely

  3. Draven Lee says:

    Hi. I came here whilst doing a search. I bought a book some years back by Michael Hardwick called The revenge of the hound. On the inside sleeve is inscribed For Peter Cushing. My favourite baker street regular. Michael Hardwick. I got it from eBay through a seller in Kent. I was going to upload some pics but there’s no link. It’s a shame as I would of liked more info on the signing but alas both gentlemen have long passed on.

    • John Watson says:

      The Revenge was published in 1987, late in Peter Cushing’s life – he died in 1994. Hardwick wrote the scripts for Cushing’s Sherlock Holmes series for the BBC though he was never happy about his performance as he thought the schedule for their production was too hectic. I suspect the two of them kept in touch, hence the dedicated copy.

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