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 “seventeen years of age” [SIGN]

Mycroft Holmes spoke for all of us in "The Greek Interpreter" when he greeted Dr. Watson with the fateful line:

“I hear of Sherlock everywhere since you became his chronicler.”

And yes, in our minds, we'll always hear that line in the voice of the inimitable Charles Gray in the Granada series — a sound clip that serves as the opening for our podcast introduction.

Little did we know when we began the podcast I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere on June 14, 2007 — exactly 17 years ago today — that we'd have this kind of longevity.

That first episode is like a young animal trying to walk immediately after being born: awkward, unsteady, and far from refined. Cringy, even.

But it set the stage for what was to come, not only in nearly 300 episodes since then, but in our companion show Trifles and in numerous other Sherlock Holmes podcasts started by other passionate Sherlockians.

In Episode 289 of IHOSE, our special correspondent Madeline Quiñones will begin a segment called "A Chance of Listening," a series of short assessments of many of these Sherlock Holmes podcasts that have sprouted up since those early days of 2007. It was inspired by her presentation at the Dayton conference. We've included an except to give you a feel for it.

As a reminder, I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere is an interview show that's something like a cross between Fresh Air and Car Talk for Sherlockians. It airs on the 15th and 30th of every month and you can find a complete listing of the Archives here.

We're now in our 18th season and don't see an end in sight. 

We'd be interested in hearing from you, either in a comment below or in an email to comment @ ihearofsherlock [DOT] com.

And if there are Sherlock Holmes fans who still haven't discovered us, please share this with them.

And until next time... the game's afoot!