For those of you who were fans of TV comedy in the 70’s you’ll recognise the old gag…. from The Lovers by Jack Rosenthal. Beryl (Paula Wilcox) asks Geoffrey (Richard Beckinsale) how many women he has slept with- he says nearly three. Puzzled, Beryl says- you mean two? or three? He replies ‘No, nearly three – – I nearly slept with so-and-so, I nearly slept with so-and-so, and I nearly slept with so-and-so!’
Yes I know that Holmes never actually used that word: it was only Basil Rathbone…. but I love the idea of this basically hyper-observant man… yup thtat’s what it is…. and after watching the new Hollywood version… which I thoroughly enjoyed… almost as much as the UK Granada series with Jeremy Brett, I started reading the COMPLETE stories (again) but hadn’t realised that The Study in Scarlet is HIGHLY critical of the Mormon church and it’s ‘methods’ ……….
PS just went onto IMDB to look at Jeremy Brett, and his words about his wife and her death are really touching……….