Sherlock Holmes: The Complete BBC Collection

Sherlock Holmes: The Complete BBC Collection

60 Full-Cast Dramatisations


Fully-dramatised adaptations of all 60 Sherlock Holmes stories, brought to life with a full cast of actors, sound effects and music

'A remarkable undertaking... applauding them, and particularly Clive Merrison's Holmes, made my hands sore' The Times

Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary detective Sherlock Holmes and his dear friend Dr Watson are among the most enduringly popular fictional characters ever created. Their adventures have been dramatised countless times on radio, TV and film, but until BBC Radio 4 took on the challenge in 1989, no-one had ever attempted to adapt all sixty stories.

Beginning with A Study in Scarlet and concluding with The Hound of the Baskervilles, their epic project took over 8 years to complete - and this landmark collection contains the extraordinary result of their labours. Here is the world's first ever fully-dramatised Sherlock Holmes canon: 56 short stories and 4 novels, all made by the same team of directors, producers, dramatists and leading actors, and packed with the high production qualities of a film or TV drama that set it apart.

Starring one of radio's great double acts, Clive Merrison and Michael Williams, as Holmes and Watson, and with guest stars including Brian Blessed, Judi Dench, Maurice Denham, Andrew Sachs, Peter Davison, Robert Glenister and Harriet Walter, this definitive collection contains over 48 hours of enthralling listening.

Also included is a bonus interview with Adrian Conan Doyle about his father, Sir Arthur, and some fascinating behind-the-scenes revelations from the series' head writer, Bert Coules, about the making of the radio adaptations.

Sherlock Holmes - Clive Merrison
Dr John Watson - Michael Williams
Mrs Hudson - Anna Cropper/Mary Allen/Joan Matheson/Judi Dench/
Inspector Gregson - John Moffatt
Inspector Lestrade - Donald Gee/Stephen Thorne
Mary Morstan/Mary Watson - Moir Leslie/Elizabeth Mansfield/Hannah Gordon
Irene Adler - Sarah Badel
Inspector Jones - Nigel Carrington
Colonel Moran - Fraser Kerr/Frederick Treves
Mycroft Holmes - John Hartley
Professor Moriarty - Michael Pennington

Production credits
Written by Arthur Conan Doyle
Dramatised by Bert Coules with David Ashton, Michael Bakewell, Roger Danes, Robert Forrest, Denys Hawthorne, Gerry Jones, Peter Ling, Vincent McInerney and Peter Mackie
Produced and directed by Ian Cotterell, David Johnston, Patrick Rayner and Enyd Williams
Musicians: Alexander Balanescu, Leonard Friedman, Richard Friedman, Michael Haslam, Ian Humphries and Abigail Young

A Study in Scarlet
The Sign of the Four
The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Valley of Fear
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
A Scandal in Bohemia
The Red-Headed League
A Case of Identity
The Boscombe Valley Mystery
The Five Orange Pips
The Man with the Twisted Lip
The Blue Carbuncle
The Speckled Band
The Engineer's Thumb
The Noble Bachelor
The Beryl Coronet
The Copper Beeches
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Silver Blaze
The Yellow Face
The Stockbroker's Clerk
The Gloria Scott
The Musgrave Ritual
The Reigate Squires
The Crooked Man
The Resident Patient
The Greek Interpreter
The Naval Treaty
The Final Problem
The Return of Sherlock Holmes
The Empty House
The Norwood Builder
The Dancing Men
The Solitary Cyclist
The Priory School
Black Peter
Charles Augustus Milverton
The Six Napoleons
The Three Students
The Golden Pince-Nez
The Missing Three-Quarter
The Abbey Grange
The Second Stain
His Last Bow
Wisteria Lodge
The Cardboard Box
The Red Circle
The Bruce-Partington Plans
The Dying Detective
The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax
The Devil's Foot
His Last Bow
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
The Illustrious Client
The Blanched Soldier
The Mazarin Stone
The Three Gables
The Sussex Vampire
The Three Garridebs
The Problem of Thor Bridge
The Creeping Man
The Lion's Mane
The Veiled Lodger
Shoscombe Old Place
The Retired Colourman

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 between November 1989 and March 1995

© 2023 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd. (P) 2023 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd


  • A remarkable undertaking... applauding them, and particularly Clive Merrison's Holmes, made my hands sore
    The Times

About the authors

Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was born in Edinburgh where he qualified as a doctor, but it was his writing which brought him fame, with the creation of Sherlock Holmes, the first scientific detective. He was also a convert to spiritualism and a social reformer who used his investigative skills to prove the innocence of individuals.
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Bert Coules

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