The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Volume 3 (BBC Radio Full Cast Audio Theater Dramas)

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This fully dramatized audio collection from BBC Radio includes four adventures featuring legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his trusty chronicler, Dr. John Watson. Clive Merrison and Michael Williams star as Holmes and Watson in this collection of stories from the unique, fully dramatized BBC Radio 4 canon.

The four stories included here are:

''The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb,''

No murder but blood - dripping from an engineer's thumb. Watson's patient is involved in a bizarre incident that leaves even Holmes baffled.

Cast & Credits:
Sherlock Holmes: Clive Merrison / Dr. Watson: Michael Williams / Victor Hatherley: Stephen Tompkinson / Colonel Stark: John Moffatt / Elise: Sybill Wintrope / Inspector Bradstreet: David Goudge / Ferguson, Constable: Vincent Brimble / Guard, Fireman: Paul Downing / Violinist: Leonard Friedman

Dramatized by Peter Mackie; Directed by Patrick Rayner; First transmitted by BBC Radio 4 on January 16, 1990

''The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor,''

Lord St. Simon's wedding day ends in disaster when his American bride disappears and her clothes are found in a lake. Holmes knows the apparent murder is nothing more than a cover for the truth.

Cast & Credits:
Sherlock Holmes: Clive Merrison / Dr. Watson: Michael Williams / Doran: David Healey / St. Simon: Jon Rye / Hatty: Catherine Furshpan / Vicar, Delivery Man: Ian Lindsay / Flora: Tara Dominick / Footman, Constable: Andrew Wincott / Duchess: Elizabeth Kelly / Mrs. Hudson: Mary Allen / Doorman, Sergeant: Danny Schiller / Lestrade: Donald Gee / Moulton: Stephen Garlick / Violinist: Leonard Friedman

Dramatized by Bert Coules; Directed by Enyd Williams; First transmitted by BBC Radio 4 on January 24, 1991

''The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet,''

''Holmes, here is a madman coming along.'' But the terrified banker Watson sees isn't mad, but the victim in a torturous affair involving a costly coroner, a lover, and a wronged son.

Cast & Credits:
Sherlock Holmes: Clive Merrison / Dr. Watson: Michael Williams / Honorable Visitor, Jawney: Ian Lindsay / Alexander Holder: Anthony Newlands / Arthur Holder: Angus Wright / Mary Holder: Petra Markham / Sir George Burnwell: Timothy Carlton / Violinist: Leonard Friedman

Dramatized by Vincent McInerney; Directed by Enyd Williams; First transmitted: BBC Radio 4, January 30, 1991

''The Adventure of the Copper Beeches.''

A seemingly good-humored employer offers Violet Hunter a well-paid governess position but she soon finds the house contains frightening secrets that only Holmes can uncover.

Cast & Credits:
Sherlock Holmes: Clive Merrison / Dr. Watson: Michael Williams / Jephro Runcastle: Roger Hammond / Violet Hunter: Imogen Stubbs / Miss Stoper: Jenny Howe / Mrs. Rucastle: Joanna Myers / Mrs. Toller: Elizabeth Kelly / Violinist: Leonard Friedman

Dramatized by Peter Mackie; Directed by Enyd Williams; First transmitted by BBC Radio 4 on February 6, 1991

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About the Author:

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930) was born of Irish parentage in Edinburgh, educated at Stonyhurst and in Germany, and studied medicine at Edinburgh. Initial poverty as a young practitioner at Southsea and as an oculist in London coaxed him into authorship. His debut was a story in Chambers' Journal (1879), and his first book introduced that prototype of the modern detective in fiction, the super-observant, deductive Sherlock Holmes. ''The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes'' were serialized in the Strand magazine (1891-98). Tiring of his detective over time, Doyle attempted to exterminate him in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894), but the clamor of his admirers forced him to resurrect Holmes for several further volumes. His popularity has waned little since.

Doyle set greater stock by his historical romances such as Micah Clarke (1887), The White Company (1890), Brigadier Gerard (1896) and Sir Nigel (1906) which have greater literary merit. A keen boxer himself, Rodney Stone (1896) is one of his best novels. The Lost World (1912) and The Poison Belt (1913) are essays into the pseudoscientifically fantastic.

He served as a physician in the South African war (1899 - 1902), and his pamphlet, ''The War in South Africa'' (1902), correcting enemy propaganda and justifying Britain's action, earned him a knighthood in 1902. Later in life he became intensely interested in the occult and wrote six volumes on spiritualism, including History of Spiritualism (1926).

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