17th July, 4 Comments
By John Watson
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.
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