July 2nd, 2012

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Blackout, Monday 2 July, 9pm, BBC1

Photo credit: http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2012-06-28/first-look-at-sherlock-star-andrew-scott-in-new-drama-blackout

Cut and pasted from the Radio Times Website:

The actor best known for playing Jim Moriarty is a troubled cop in a new BBC1 series. We won't reveal how Andrew Scott finds himself in the rather sorry state you see above, for fear of spoiling upcoming new thriller Blackout. But we can tell you that the Sherlock star, best known as criminal mastermind Jim Moriarty, is on the other side of the law here, playing Dalien Bevan, a troubled cop obsessed with his ex-wife.

Blackout, also stars Christopher Eccleston (currently appearing in Antigone at the National Theatre), and begins on Monday 2 July at 9pm on BBC1.

Cut and pasted from the BBC Website:
Three-part drama about a corrupt council official (played by Christopher Eccleston) who wakes from an alcoholic blackout to realise that he may have been responsible for a murder.

The official BBC website for Blackout can be found here:

Finally, there is a lovely long in-depth interview with Andrew Scott here all about Blackout and his role in the drama:

Raks's Says
Andrew Scott AND Christopher Eccleston - What more could a woman want?! :)
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The Real Chariots of Fire, Monday 2 July, 9pm, ITV

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With the Oscar-winning 1981 film Chariots of Fire about to be re-released, Nigel Havers, one of the stars, investigates the true stories of athletes Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell. His journey takes him to Cambridge, Edinburgh and Paris to meet their daughters, while director Hugh Hudson and star Ben Cross are among those recalling the making of the movie. Celebrity fans including Trevor McDonald, Kelly Holmes, Louis Walsh and David Baddiel also contribute.

I am recommending this solely because I am a HUGE fan of the 2012 Stage Version.

James McArdle as Harold Abrahams and Jack Lowden as Eric Liddell
Photo credit: http://www.theartsdesk.com/theatre/chariots-fire-hampstead-theatre

Follow the link below for the full production details, to watch the AMAZING trailer, and to book tickets:

My review of the show (I saw it at the Hampstead) is here:

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The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sell a Door Theatre Company) opens at the Greenwich Theatre today

Photo credit: http://www.backstagepass.biz/2012/06/hound-of-baskervilles-heads-to.html

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The Hound of the Baskervilles, Greenwich Theatre
Mon 2 - Sun 8 July 2012

Sell A Door Theatre Company return to Greenwich Theatre following sell out productions of Spring Awakening and Lord of the Flies to present Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic mystery, The Hound of the Baskervilles.

After the death of his father under inexplicable circumstances, Sir Henry Baskerville returns to his family's manor house on the lonely moors where he is confronted with the mystery of a supernatural hound hungry for revenge upon the Baskerville family. Fearing for the safety of himself and his family, he calls upon the world famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his ever dependable assistant, Doctor Watson, to help get to the bottom of the mystery.

Holmes agrees to take the case as it becomes apparent that Sir Henry's life is in immediate danger. It is up to Holmes to uncover the truth behind the curse of the Baskervilles before it claims its next victim.

David Hutchinson directs this London revival of Tim Kelly's faithful adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's terrifying thriller.

Follow the link for the full details and to book tickets:

Sell a Door Theatre Company are here:

I am going twice - on the opening night (today, Monday) and on Friday. I am really looking forward to it!

"Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!"
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The Arthur Conan Doyle Weekend, Haslemere, Surrey: Murder Mystery Evening

From 15-17 June 2012 I attended the Conan Doyle Weekend in Haslemere, Surrey.

Photo credit: http://www.haslemere.com/conandoyle/

Fantastic weekend in Haslemere, Surrey: June 15th - 17th 2012
Celebrating the life and works of one of our most renowned authors, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


Raks's Write-Up

I had the best time ever at the Conan Doyle Weekend!

There were dinners, theatre plays, walks, talks, films, and lunches. All in the company of fellow Sherlockians and Holmesians, but also with lots of local Surrey people. All in all, it was an amazing range of events and activities.

My personal highlight was the Murder Mystery Evening because my latent acting genius was FINALLY recognised as I was chosen to play the grieving widow, Julia Oakington. I had the choice of playing a grieving widow or a French tart. To preserve my reputation!, I opted for Julia Oakington, the grieving widow. The Murder Mystery Evening was the most fun I have had in ages and I would highly recommend the company who organised and ran it for us - the Irregular Special Players.

The website for the Irregular Special Players can be found here:

Here are the photographic highlights of that evening.

My costume, Julia Oakington, the grieving widow:

Photographer: Rakshita Patel

A murder is committed!:

Photographer: Rakshita Patel

Case solved, Holmes and Watson celebrate over dinner!:

Photographer: Rakshita Patel

Finally, I would like to extend a warm THANK YOU to all those responsible for planning, organising and running the Conan Doyle Weekend. I had THE best time!