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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.

MATCA Honored Holmes With 1984 Token

MATCA Honored Holmes With 1984 Token

“…  a twinkle of amusement …” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) The Maryland Amusement Token Collectors Association was founded in 1979 by Robert A. Johnson. Over the course of the next four to five years, they would issue over 100 plastic tokens or wooden nickels commemorating various themes. They would be available to interested collectors… Continue Reading

The Strange Case of the Delayed 1939 Radio Broadcast of The Three Garridebs

The Strange Case of the Delayed 1939 Radio Broadcast of The Three Garridebs

“Some delay was inevitable.” – The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax (LADY)  Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce began appearing as Holmes and Watson on The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on NBC Radio’s Blue Network in October, 1939. The 13th episode of the series was The Adventure of the Three Garridebs, which was broadcast on Christmas Day, Monday,… Continue Reading

Faces of Mycroft: Hugh Laurie

Faces of Mycroft: Hugh Laurie

“If you have a fancy to see your name in the next honours list…” – The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC) Prince Charles presents Hugh Laurie with his CBE, November 21, 2018 We share the following report from the BBC: Hugh Laurie made a CBE by Prince Charles Actor Hugh Laurie has been made a… Continue Reading

Radio Broadcast of Secrets Of Scotland Yard – Bank Of England Robbery 10/5/1953

Radio Broadcast of Secrets Of Scotland Yard – Bank Of England Robbery 10/5/1953

“… which will certainly be a triumph for Scotland Yard.” – The Adventure of The Norwood Builder (NORW) From the late 1940’s through the 1950’s, there was an internationally syndicated radio program called Secrets of Scotland Yard. Approximately 110 different episodes were recorded. The following broadcast, entitled The Bank of England Robbery, was heard over the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation… Continue Reading

Faces of Lestrade: Frank Finlay

Faces of Lestrade: Frank Finlay

“… besides being an incomparable actor. “ – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) Frank Finlay, clockwise from upper left, as Lestrade in A Study in Terror (1966); as Lestrade in Murder by Decree (1979); as Professor Coram in The Golden Pince-Nez (1994); and as Arthur Conan Doyle in The Other Side (1992) Charles Prepolec, the 75th Garrideb, posted the following item… Continue Reading

The Haller Baking Company’s Sherlock Holmes Treasure Hunt Token

The Haller Baking Company’s Sherlock Holmes Treasure Hunt Token

“… when people bury treasure nowadays they do it in the Post Office bank.” – The Adventure of the Three Gables (3GAB)       Just before the Memorial Day holiday weekend, I received a letter from Gary Patterson, author of United States Swastika 1907-1936: Tokens, Medals, Watch Fobs & Good Luck Charms, asking if I was… Continue Reading