BBC Sherlock and Warner Brothers go head to head in live global clash (and CBS Sherlock set for a mauling) in The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate 2 - March 18th - London

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Teams of top Sherlock Holmes actors, directors, historians and writers in two teams – BBC Sherlock and Warner Brothers Sherlock - get together on 18th March live in London for a second global head to head clash to prove which is the better adaptation of the world’s greatest consulting detective. The first event in November 2011 attracted live fans from 23 countries across the world and created a online social media storm of millions of pages of comments. With the 2nd BBC series and 2nd Guy Ritchie movie out since, the excitement around the event is even bigger. This time 25 of the top Holmes experts will meet in person with the rest dialling in over the web.

The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate 2

The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate 2

BBC Sherlock dominated the last clash, but the success of The Game of Shadows means Warner Brothers are in with a fighting chance

BBC Sherlock and Warner Brothers Sherlock go head to head on 18th March. Teams of top Sherlock Holmes actors, directors, historians and writers in two teams get together live in London for a second global head to head clash to prove which is the better adaptation of the world’s greatest consulting detective. The first event in November 2011 attracted live fans from 23 countries across the world and created a online social media storm of tens of millions of pages of comments. With the 2nd BBC series and 2nd Guy Ritchie movie out since, the excitement around the event is even bigger. This time 25 of the top Holmes experts will meet in person with the rest dialling in over the web.

The team captains are some of the best known Holmes experts in the world. BBC Sherlock have Kristina Manente from The Baker Street Babes, the all-female international podcast. They go head to head with their male counterparts ‘I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere’ in the first part of the debate. Last time round it was a resounding victory for BBC Sherlock in both the pre and post debate votes. A key player on the BBC team being the hugely popular Sherlockology fan site. This time the Warner Brothers team captain Burt Wolder has recruited additional team members and is leading with the huge international box office success of the 2nd film The Game of Shadows as proof the films have ongoing appeal. His team includes Hollywood directing legend Gerry O'Hara (Lawrence of Arabia, The Avengers) who likens Guy Ritchie to himself as a young director. Between the two podcasts they have hundreds of thousands of downloads and legions of fans.

The second half of the debate will include the challenges facing all the adaptations, and will feature a team led by Holmes actor Nick Briggs. Nick is best known as being the voice of The Daleks in TV’s Dr.Who and he plays Holmes in the current Big Finish audio series.

Once again the audience will be global – though this time the organisers (MX Publishing) have arranged to have the fans participate in the debate itself. Ten lucky fans have been competing in a Facebook competition to win a seat alongside some of their icons. Six places have already gone to fans in the USA, Thailand, Japan, USA, UK and Germany. There are four places left and are given away through the Great Debate Facebook Page.

The debate looks like fun for all Holmes fans, but a word of warning for CBS as the signs are they will get a mauling from the experts. In a recent poll on the event Facebook page the majority of the fans were worried that CBS were simply cashing in on the Holmes mania and are bringing out their adaptation too fast to be able to do a great job. What is for certain is that the public appetite for more Sherlock Holmes doesn’t seem to be slowing. Fans are eagerly awaiting the next BBC series and the third Hollywood movie.

The fanatical reaction to the second debate shows that they aren’t afraid to share their opinions either. The two hour program will be recorded and released in March. There is a very funny trailer for the debate on YouTube created by author and radio playwright Matthew Elliot and actor/director Ross Foad.

The debate is raising awareness for the Save Undershaw campaign. The historical former home of the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle faces destruction. It is a very important building for literary history as not only did Conan Doyle write many of the stories there, but he designed the house himself – being a very accomplished architect in his own right. They have a target to help the trust reach 10,000 fans on Facebook. There will also be a series of co-buys of new Sherlock Holmes books to raise funds for the trust.

The debate is being organised by MX Publishing – one of the world’s largest Sherlock Holmes publishers who won the 2011 Howlett Award (Sherlock Holmes Book of The Year) with ‘The Norwood Author’ a biography of Conan Doyle. Based in London, they are best known for fiction, and in fact the day after the debate the long awaited ‘Sherlock Holmes and The Dead Boer at Scotney Castle’ is published. The book is by Tim Symonds, one of the authors taking part in the debate. Flying in from the USA for the debate is Phil Growick whose own debut Holmes novel ‘The Secret Journal of Dr Watson’ is published in May. MX are particularly excited by the launch of that book and ‘Sherlock Holmes and The Whitechapel Vampire’ which have both received approval from the Conan Doyle Estate to carry their seal in a similar way to Anthony Horowitz’s ‘The House of Silk’ last year.

The main sponsors of the debate helping out with the venue are mPowa – a high technology company that enables people to take card payments through their smartphones.

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