• Short Summary

    A tongue-in-cheek account of a reconstruction of Sherlock's Holmes' study in a London pub.

  • Description

    Northumberland St., London.

    M/S of several couples dining in a pub restaurant. An elderly waitress is serving dessert. The narrator comments that it would take a lot to put the "sober English" off their food - even the presence of " a corpse a couple of feet away". C/U of a respectable woman drinking red wine.

    M/S of a corner of the restaurant filled with Victorian furniture, test tubes, bottles of chemicals and a "corpse" - "a bullet holed decoy bust of Sherlock Holmes". C/U of decoy bust.

    C/U of Lloyd Taylor's hand placing a cigar case and a curved pipe on an ornately covered table. The items are "part of a collection of relics from the famous cases of Holmes" housed in the recently renamed Sherlock Holmes Pub (previously the Old Northumberland Arms). M/S of Mr. Taylor, the man responsible for the collection, picking up and reading an old issue of the Pall Mall Gazette. C/U of newspaper in Mr. T.'s hands. The newspaper is the Diamond Jubilee edition, dated the 19th of June 1897 and has a photograph of Queen Victoria on the front. The collection is assembled to resemble Holmes' study. The narrator reveals that the pub was built on the site of the Old Northumberland Hotel, "once frequented by Holmes and Watson" and is only "a stone's throw" from Scotland Yard.

    M/S of Mr. T standing in front of the fireplace. Mr T. is fiddling with ornaments on the mantelpiece, including a photograph of Irene Adler - "to Holmes always the woman". A panning shot reveals a bent poker beside the fireplace and a Persian slipper "where Holmes stored his tobacco". The tongue-in-cheek tone of the narrator implies these items belong to a real person and not a fictional character.

    M/S of Mr. T. rearranging the decoy bust before sitting down to a tray of half eaten tea. The narrator explains that Mr. T. formed the collection with the help of the Conan-Doyle family. M/S of marble bust, possibly of Holmes. The narrator comments that if Holmes was alive, as some rumours suggest, he would find a home to return to - "even if it isn't exactly private". M/S of deerstalker, tweed coat, doctor's stethoscope and top hat hanging on the back of a door. A panning shot reveals the close proximity of the collection to the diners eating in the restaurant.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:16:00 / 01:01:46:00
    CP 162

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