'The Granada productions don't veer far from Conan Doyle's originals, just enough to make it work for television. The whole programme has that kind of gloss that, when applied to period drama, will sell worldwide. The Japanese are totally obsessed by it.'
Minutiae: Currently in residence at 221b Baker Street is a branch of the Abbey National where the press officer, Erica Harper, handles Holmes's mail: some 50 letters a week. 'These are often people writing simply to say 'Hi, Sherlock. How you doing?' We reply that he is now 140 and has retired to Sussex.'
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