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 "an incomparable actor" [STUD] 

Anyone who is interested in the intersection of Sherlock Holmes and audio (that's why you're here, isn't it?) is familiar with the name Clive Merrison.

The definitive Sherlock Holmes of the audio realm, Clive Merrison holds the distinction of being the first actor to play Sherlock Holmes in dramatized form in every one of the 60 stories from the Canon, as well as in 15 additional pastiches.

Together with Michael Williams (and later Andrew Sachs), Merrison brought Holmes to life and gave him real humanity—particularly in the sometimes prickly, sometimes tender friendship with his Watson.

We talked with Clive Merrison about his real-life friendship with Michael Williams, his time on the stage, what his Uncle Norman did to influence him, his adventures with "Hobbo," the actor he would sneak into the sound booth to watch perform and the actor from whom he wished he could flee from the recording studio, what made Sir Laurence Olivier hug him, the Sherlock role he turned down, the next Sherlock Holmes story he'd like to perform in, and much more.

You won't want to miss this episode — and the eventual outtakes from it that will be available only to our Patreon supporters.

See if you can test your knowledge with the Canonical Couplet: we give you two lines of poetry that describe one of stories, and you name it. The winner gets a copy of Bert Coules' 221 BBC: Writing for the World's Only Complete Dramatised Canon and Beyond. Entries are due by 11:59 pm EDT on October 29, 2020.

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