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I’ve started typing up a few of the smaller articles over at the Sherlock Holmes group on MSN, because the text was so tiny that I had a hard time reading them. I’m posting them here to share, as usual, but I would also like to be corrected on anything I got wrong in the transcription. Enjoy! (and correct me!!!)
The Loafer


Source: http://groups.msn.com/SherlockHolmesETC/holmesinthepress.msnw?action=ShowPhoto&PhotoID=177

One-hour format ‘tighter and cleaner’
Brett happy with return to canon
Exclusive interview by Elizabeth Wiggins

Jeremy Brett has disclosed to the Gazette that he would rather drop the role of Sherlock Holmes than be involved in a blatant pastiche of Conan Doyle’s work.
During a break in filming “The Red Circle” for Granada’s new series, “The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes,” he spoke of how pleased he was to be returning to the tried and tested one-hour formula.
“I am happy again now,” he confided to me from a seat in the stands at the Opera House, Buxton, Derbyshire, where filming of “The Red Circle” was taking place on stage.
“We moved so far away from the canon on the last two films that I could not bring my book with me and say “This is how it should have been’. I lost control.
“They were interesting but they were not Doyle. Thank God we have finished with them – that is all I can say.
“The one-hour format is much tighter, much cleaner. I can turn to Doyle and bring a little bit of him in because we are much closer to the substance of the stories – and we can call them by their proper names.”
Brett revealed that it was still personally “vitally important” to him that Dame Jean approved of the adaptations of her father’s stories.
“For that reason I would just not touch a pastiche – what would there be of Doyle in that? It would be awful!
“I think she will be pleased with these six. I knew she would not like the previous two-hour films. I even advised her not to watch them.”
Edward Hardwicke confirmed to me that had Brett left the role of Holmes he, too, would have quit as Watson.
“I came into the role of Watson with Jeremy as Holmes. If he left I would not do any more.”
Hardwicke, incidentally, is not appearing at all in one of the six stories, “The Golden Pince-nez.” When shooting started he was still filming in Richard Attenborough’s “Shadow Lands,” with Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger.
So instead of help from Dr. Watson, Holmes has to rely on assistance from his brother Mycroft in a specially written “inclusion” by adapter Gary Hopkins.
The six stories in the series will be transmitted in consecutive weeks next year, starting in March.
In addition to the “Pince-nez,” they are “The Mazarin Stone,” dramatized by Gary Hopkins; “The Red Circle” and “The Three Gables,” adapted by Jeremy Paul; “The Cardboard Box,” writer William Humble; and “The Dying Detective,” adapted by T. E. Bowen.

(beneath picture) Red Circle: Latest Granada adventure with Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke, Betty Marsden and Rosalie Williams.

- Full report of my interview with Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke in the next issue.


- Sherlock Holmes Gazette, autumn 1993

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Source: http://groups.msn.com/SherlockHolmesETC/holmesinthepress.msnw?action=ShowPhoto&PhotoID=49

JEREMY BRETT DISCUSSES HIS LOVE OF ARCHERY

Star who plays a lead role with the archers
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You really have to concentrate if you take up archery. My brother John shot two of his teeth out once, simply forgot to take the pipe out of his mouth.
Can you imagine the headlines if I did that after being elected 1989 Pipeman Of The Year? Doesn’t bear thinking about, does it?
But accidents will happen. On another occasion my brother Michael winged someone walking in the woods near the targets.
Nunky was the old chap’s name and the arrow hit him in the arm. But he couldn’t have been nicer about it.
‘Think nothing of it, dear boy,’ he said, carefully removing the arrow from the sleeve of his coat.
You need space for archery. Not long ago my brother Patrick and some pals were shooting in his garden at Elstree and an arrow went straight through the dining-room window.
Fortunately, lunch was still in the oven. But the window was closed.
Touch wood, none of my accidents (broken nose wrestling in As You Like It, sword in the eye in Troilus and Cressida) have ever involved archery.
In fact, I’ve never even drawn a bow in a film or in a play, although I’d love to.
The whole family were toxophilites. Actually my mother was a brilliant archer, won many awards.
She had a special lightweight bow and when I was growing up I used her hand-me-downs. Looking back, I must have been four or five years old when my father gave me my first lesson.
Between the wars they’d bought a house in Warwickshire near Meriden which is the home of the historic Woodmen of Arden archery club.
They shoot against the Queen’s Bodyguard for Scotland, the Royal Company of Archers.
First my parents joined. Then my brothers Michael, Patrick and John became members. Finally – I was the runt of the family – I followed in their footsteps when I was 21.
The outfit is really glamorous – Lincoln green out-sway tailcoat, buff waistcoat with gold buttons, white slacks, white shoes and a New Zealand-style hat that turns up at the side.
On my first day I wore my brother Michael’s tailcoat.
He’s narrow in the shoulders and I had to have it taken out a bit, must admit I felt a little gauche, not to mention in awe of the company. Let’s face it. They were some of the finest archers in the country.
Nervous? The Warden was having none of that, ‘Buck up, boy!’ he said.
Naturally I’d been practicing like mad for the occasion.
Firing at 100 yards. I nervously let the arrow go. It wobbled in the air and to my astonishment landed smack in the middle of the target.
Not only was it a jolly good start, I was also made Master Forester on my first day – a title which carries with it the honour of sitting at High Table(?).
Socially, archery can be pretty heavy going. That day the lunch ran to 12 toasts and I remember staggering out afterwards full of venison and summer pudding, cheeks pink from the port, nose still twitching from my first pinch of snuff.
Sometime I’d love to take two or three months off in the spring or summer and head for Meriden to recapture it all, shoot every day.
Alas, time is the problem. If I’m not making a film or a television series, I’m on stage (He is currently starring in the (hill?) West End play The Secret of Sherlock Holmes at Wyndham’s Theatre).
In the meantime, I keep my hand in on Clapham Common!
First thing in the morning I slip out of my flat with my bow and arrows and aim at an enormous cushion placed at the foot of a tree.
The moment it’s light I have only about 10 minutes before people start arriving. Then I have to pack up because it’s no longer safe.
Sometimes there’s an old man out there walking his dog and, niblick in hand, practicing his chipping at the same time. He keeps a safe distance and his dog keeps a wary eye on me.
That’s when I go home for breakfast. I keep my bows and arrows in the loo.
Running water is vital. They must have moisture. Occasionally I run a bath and hang them above it on a rack, let them soak it up.
Central heating may be marvelous to us on a cold day. But bows and arrows hate it.


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On July 22nd, 2006 12:00 pm (UTC), poison_apple37 commented:
Thanks for doing this. I used to to stare so hard at those articles, desperately trying to decipher them, that eventually the text began to swim before my eyes hehe.
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On July 23rd, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC), averyfineloafer replied:
You’re welcome! :D
Yeah, I wish the text was larger, all the staring and squinting and moving closer to the screen was headache-inducing. Type it up once and . . . problem gone! But I’m not looking forward to typing them all up. Why do I start these things? *smacks head*
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On July 22nd, 2006 12:46 pm (UTC), zaftig46 commented:
The archery article was the funniest thing I have ever read about Brett, ever! He kept his bow and arrows in the loo? *sporfle*
But I would love to see a photo of him in the archery outfit. Sounds yummy!
What a macho family they must have been, all trooping out to shoot on the grounds of their estate!
Thanks for typing these out.
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On July 23rd, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC), averyfineloafer replied:
You’re welcome!

The archery article was the funniest thing I have ever read about Brett, ever! He kept his bow and arrows in the loo? *sporfle*
I know; hilarious! Heehee! It probably made a lovely decoration. “Sporfle”? Can I use that? I nearly sporfled (whatever that means) when I read it.

What a macho family they must have been, all trooping out to shoot on the grounds of their estate!
Doesn’t it just make you want to join them? I’ve long wanted to take up archery but; no time, no opportunity. Curse it. If I ever strike it rich I’ll retire and spend the rest of my days with a bow and arrows.
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On July 23rd, 2006 02:03 am (UTC), ajat commented:
It's so wonderful of you to do this ! Thanks so much !

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On July 23rd, 2006 06:34 pm (UTC), averyfineloafer replied:
It isn’t really wonderful of me; I just typed it up for meself *evil laughter* and then pasted it into a post. See? No big trouble to share on here (that’s why I can’t stop). But you’re very welcome nonetheless! :D
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On August 2nd, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC), ajat replied:
:)

Ye're sweet !
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On August 4th, 2006 06:50 pm (UTC), averyfineloafer replied:
*blushes*

Ah! But you don’t know me in real life ;D
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On August 24th, 2006 08:50 am (UTC), ajat replied:
But ye like Jeremy ! Ye has to be sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet ! HEE !

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On August 27th, 2006 07:07 pm (UTC), averyfineloafer replied:
Heehee! That’s logical . . . ;)
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On August 29th, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC), ajat replied:
*giggle*

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On July 23rd, 2006 08:17 am (UTC), sirius_nst commented:
Thanks! I didn't realize that you were in the MSN group too! I'm generally a lurker there, though. It's not like I have much to contribute.:(

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What, he keeps his bow and arrows in the loo? Hmm, practical but er...dare I say it...eccentric, in a Holmesian way.:)

While the macho archery costume and the over-stuffed image of him did make me smile, that's still the funniest part. Imagine what the visitors thought when they'd use the loo...
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On July 23rd, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC), averyfineloafer replied:
I wouldn’t say I’m “in” the MSN group. I just sneak on and purloin things. *snicker, snicker* I don’t even know how to contribute on there *blush* but I don’t think they need me to; it’s so vast!!!

What, he keeps his bow and arrows in the loo? Hmm, practical but er...dare I say it...eccentric, in a Holmesian way.:)
That is exactly what I was thinking!!! The man was Holmes! Only, you know, with human emotions. What other actor would wrap a black scarf around his hat? Or write himself a fan letter? He was barking mad ;), in the most delightfully lovable way possible!

Imagine what the visitors thought when they'd use the loo...
That crossed my mind too. Heehee! Perhaps he hid them in the towel closet or hung them on the wall as decorations. But, lavatory and arsenal in the same room? Not a common sight, by far!
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On July 23rd, 2006 08:07 pm (UTC), 2old2bbothered commented:
I like the mental image of Brett "staggering out afterwards[after lunch] full of venison and summer pudding, cheeks pink from the port, nose still twitching from my first pinch of snuff."

Thank you, Mr Descriptive!!
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On July 26th, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC), averyfineloafer replied:
Too much info for you too, huh? ;)
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On March 14th, 2014 08:53 pm (UTC), livejournal commented:
Friday word: Toxophilite/ toxophily
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