(PRWEB) June 07, 2013
In the most comprehensive review of the state of the world of Sherlock Holmes, teams representing the major Sherlock Holmes franchises (CBS, Warner, BBC and Russian TV) come together on 8th June to answer the question “What are the current adaptations of Sherlock Holmes contributing to the legacy of the world’s greatest detective?” It’s however the introduction of CBS’s Elementary that’s causing the most interest.
With hundreds of millions of fans around the world, Sherlock Holmes has never had more adaptations running at the same time. BBC’s prolific Sherlock will have a 3rd series this year and new kid on the block Elementary from CBSS already has a 2nd series in the pipeline. Warner Brothers has Sherlock Holmes 3 teed up for 2014 and the Russian 16 episode series is due to air in the autumn. It is CBS’s adaptation Elementary that has been the talk of the major Holmes bloggers ever since the series was announced – not a surprise, with a big departure from tradition setting the series in modern day, New York, and with a female Doctor Watson (Lucy Liu).
The Great Sherlock Holmes Debates bring together the world’s top Holmes experts to review the key adaptations. Fun, feisty and entertaining the first three debates have generated an estimated 30 million page views as fans from more than 20 countries added their opinions.
The debates attract some of the most eminent Holmes experts in the world. Chairing the debate is Roger Johnson from The Sherlock Holmes Society of London, and guests include screenwriter and actress Bonnie MacBird (Tron) and the team from Sherlockology (http://www.sherlockology.com) the world’s #1 independent BBC Sherlock fan site).
So who has the very tough job of presenting the case for CBS Elementary? Well, in one of the previous debates the organisers were so impressed by one of the panellists, Vida Starcevic, that when she offered to take it on they jumped at it. Vida has a masters degree in Sherlock Holmes – so if anyone can handle it she can.
The debates raise awareness for the Save Undershaw campaign https://www.facebook.com/saveundershaw – with Mark Gatiss (BBC Sherlock) as the Patron/Sponsor the organisation is dedicated to the preservation and protection of 'Undershaw' the former home and national treasure of Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. Many historians argue that without Undershaw, there would be no Sherlock Holmes today as it’s where Conan Doyle brought Holmes back to life and wrote Hound of The Baskervilles.
The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate IV takes place at University College London (UCL) 2-4pm on Saturday June 8th. There is a Facebook Page where the latest news and details of free audience tickets (there are still a few left) - https://www.facebook.com/GreatSherlockHolmesDebate. The recording and slides from the debate will be posted up on the slideshare site for the debate http://www.slideshare.net/greatsherlockholmesdebate.
The debates are organised by MX Publishing (http://www.mxpublishing.co.uk ), the world’s largest independent Sherlock Holmes book publishers. Their performance biography of Benedict Cumberbatch (Benedict Cumberbatch, In Transition) comes out on 10th June and has been at #1 on the Holmes bestseller lists for over a month. Author Luke Kuhns (Untold Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Studies in Legacy) will be presenting a review of the literary adaptations and there will also be presenters for audio adaptations Big Finish and AudioGo.
Fan involvement has been high including attending live at the debate and designing the Great Debate posters.
Steve Emecz steve(at)mxpublishing(dot)co.uk
Tel: 07837 550025