The Carleton Hobbs Sherlock Holmes Collection

The BBC has released a set of three volumes of cases from the Canon starring Carleton Hobbs as Holmes and Norman Shelley as my good self.

Carleton Hobbs portrayed Sherlock Holmes in 80 radio adaptations although he had played myself once with Arthur Wontner as Holmes in a wartime production of  The Boscombe Valley Mystery.

Each of the twelve stories, has a specially commissioned introduction by Nicholas Utechin, former Editor of The Sherlock Holmes Journal.

Volume 1:

  • A Scandal in Bohemia
  • The Red-Headed League
  • Charles Augustus Milverton
  • The Speckled Band

Volume 2:

  • The Blue Carbuncle
  • Silver Blaze
  • The Final Problem
  • The Empty House

Volume 3:

  • The Musgrave Ritual
  • The Blanched Soldier
  • The Bruce-Partington Plans
  • The Dancing Men

BBC 7 ran a competition to win this set of CDs autographed on the sleeve by Nicholas Utechin, plus an autographed hard back copy of “Stage Whispers“, actor Douglas Wilmer’s memoirs (Douglas played Holmes in the first BBC 1965 TV series). Three questions were posed:

  1. In which year did Carleton Hobbs and Norman Shelley start this series? (1952)
  2. What was the name of the radio slot that the programme featured in? (Children’s Hour)
  3. On which station was it broadcast? (The Home Service)

The competition is now closed and the winners have been announced.


2 Responses

  1. I have a few of these BBC radio dramatisations on my iPod and I have to say Hobbs and Shelley were a fantastic pairing. I would love to get hold of the entire series, if you know where they might be available, please let me know!

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