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Faces of Holmes: Roy Hudd

Faces of Holmes: Roy Hudd

“… this man here – is an actor.”

– The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place (SHOS)

Actor / Comic Roy Hudd with his OBE in 2004.

Actor/Comic Roy Hudd, who portrayed Sherlock Holmes in the BBC Radio 2 series The Newly Discovered Casebook of Sherlock Holmes in 1999, passed away this weekend after a brief illness. He was 83 years old.

The Newly Discovered Casebook of Sherlock Holmes broadcast six episodes in January and Februrary 1999. Hudd would return in February, 2002, to portray James Phillimore in the The Singular Inheritance of Miss Gloria Wilson episode of the BBC 4 Radio series The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. This story was based on a mention from The Problem at Thor Bridge.

In 1994 Hudd portrayed John Gedgrave (aka Frank Carter) in The Dying Detective episode of the Granada series The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes opposite Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke.

For those that wish to learn more about Hudd, be sure to check out his Wikipedia entry or his BBC obituary.

Hudd was honored as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2004. At the time of the announcement of his honor, the BBC reported that :

Comedian and playwright Roy Hudd has been appointed an OBE for his services to entertainment.

The 67-year-old comic said he was delighted by the honour.

After a leaked list recently revealed that 300 celebrities had rejected awards, Hudd joked: “Well, someone had to accept one otherwise there would be shelves full of them left.”

He said: “I don’t care whether it’s the British Empire, the Croydon Empire, the Chelsea Palace or the Lewisham Hippodrome, I’m just delighted to be thought of.”

The badge for the OBE is in the form of a cross patonce (having the arms growing broader and floriated toward the end), the obverse of which bears the left facing busts of King George V and Queen Mary; the reverse bears George V’s Royal and Imperial Cypher. Both are within a ring bearing the motto of the Order. The badges are plain gold (unlike the enamelled CBE badge), and is suspended from a ribbon that is rose-pink with pearl-grey edges, with the addition of a pearl-grey central stripe for the military division.

In closing, we share this recording of The Case Of The Clockwork Fiend, the first episode from The Newly Discovered Casebook of Sherlock Holmes that starred Hudd.

Holmes and Watson in the Great War: The Decorated Duo of Rathbone and Bruce

Holmes and Watson in the Great War: The Decorated Duo of Rathbone and Bruce

The noteworthy British actors received military honors NIGEL BRUCE (left) AND BASIL RATHBONE portrayed Dr. John Watson and detective Sherlock Holmes in the 1939 film adaptation of THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES. From 1939 to 1946, well-known British actors Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce costarred in 15 films and 220 radio programs as Sherlock Holmes and… Continue Reading

No Bar For Maiwand (1965)

No Bar For Maiwand (1965)

“… I should have had a medal …” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) In dusty corners of old curio shops, there is often a little tray of tarnished trinkets. Amongst the buttons and pen-knives, I have sometimes found an old campaign medal with faded ribbon – and finally, after a long search and many… Continue Reading

Faces of Holmes: Charlton Heston

Faces of Holmes: Charlton Heston

“… possible actors in this drama…” – The Adventure of the Second Stain (SECO) Charlton Heston as Holmes in The Crucifer of Blood Charlton Heston was a prolific actor in Hollywood. Upon his death in 2008, noted film critic Roger Ebert commented, “Heston made at least three movies that almost everybody eventually sees: Ben-Hur, The Ten Commandments and Planet of… Continue Reading

The Unauthorized [and Illicit] Dr. Watson Battle of Maiwand Bar

The Unauthorized [and Illicit] Dr. Watson Battle of Maiwand Bar

“The campaign brought honours and promotion to many, but for me it had nothing but misfortune and disaster.” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) Facsimile of Dr. John Watson’s 2nd Afghan War Medal With the [at last and about time] Long Overdue Maiwand Bar* For the believer in versimilitude actual 2nd Afghan War Medals may… Continue Reading

Faces of Moriarty Leo McKern

Faces of Moriarty Leo McKern

“… an incomparable actor” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) Reginald “Leo” McKern (March 16, 1920 – July 23, 2002) was an Australian actor. While our group will focus on his portrayal of Professor James Moriarty in the 1975 musical comedy film, The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother, he is better known for his role as… Continue Reading

Numismatic Items in The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother

Numismatic Items in The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother

“… my unhappy brother…” – The Sign of the Four (SIGN) Gene Wilder wrote, directed and starred in the 1975 musical comedy The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes Smarter Brother. Wilder would portray Sigerson while being assisted by Marty Feldman’s character of Orville Sacker, a Scotland Yards record clerk with a “photographic” memory for hearing. They would investigate… Continue Reading

Campaign Medals of Jude Law’s Dr. Watson

Campaign Medals of Jude Law’s Dr. Watson

“I served at the fatal battle of Maiwand.” – A Study in Scarleti (STUD) We have done a few posts before on the various cinematic versions of Dr. Watson and the various military decorations they have worn. We now turn our attention to the portrayal by Jude Law in the two movies in the Robert Downey,… Continue Reading

The Decorated Dr. Watson of the 2013 Sherlok Kholms Russian Television Series

The Decorated Dr. Watson of the 2013 Sherlok Kholms Russian Television Series

“The campaign brought honours and promotion to many …” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) Dr. Watson hanging up his uniform in the first episode of Sherlok Kholmes In November 2013, Russian television aired eight episodes of Шерлок Холмс, translated as Sherlok Kholms. The series starred Igor Petrenk as Holmes as Andrei Panin as Watson. This would be… Continue Reading