This August, the game is afoot once again for Nick Briggs’ Sherlock Holmes and Richard Earl’s Dr. Watson.
We’ve not heard from the Great Detective since May, when he cropped up in the special Worlds of Big Finish boxset and before then, December’s The Judgement of Sherlock Holmes (and the Doctor Who Novel Adaptation, All-Consuming Fire). But fortunately, he’s back for The Sacrifice of Sherlock Holmes.
Enjoying retirement, Holmes and Watson are pulled back into service in November 1921 to confront old enemies, new threats, and an evil which has been waiting for decades to exact its revenge…
Written by Jonathan Barnes, this four-disc set also stars Tracey Childs, Alan Cox, Jeremy Clyde, Natalie Burt, Jamie Hinde, Joe Jameson, Frances Marshall, Jamie Newall, Elizabeth Rider and Christopher Naylor. The set has been directed and script-edited by Ken Bentley, who has directed many releases in the range since 2011’s The Final Problem/ The Empty House. Here’s what to expect from The Sacrifice of Sherlock Holmes:
After the Judgement… Sacrifice must be made.
On a cold, wet, unforgiving day in the November of 1921, London is under attack.
Drawn from retirement to combat the menace, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are forced, without warning, to confront old enemies and new threats – and an evil which has been waiting for decades to exact its revenge…
1. The Prophet in the Rain
It begins with the sound of rain upon the windowpane, with a woman who claims to speak to the dead, with an enemy stepping out into the storm and with the unfolding of a savage and merciless scheme to bring London to its knees. Only our elderly detective, Mr Sherlock Holmes, seems to sense upon the wind the scent of approaching disaster…
2. The Body in the Garret
The attack upon the city is escalating. The death toll is rising. And the agents of the Society are everywhere, even in the unlikeliest of places. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson – outflanked by events and outfoxed by their opponents – are forced to confront the limitations of their abilities in this strange new era as, all around them, the fire continues to spread.
3. The Beast in the Darkness
With Dr Watson held captive by the enemy, a badly wounded Holmes races against the clock to confront the mastermind behind the brutal tragedies of the day. But will the Council of Priam help or hinder him in his attempt to stem the rising tide of madness?
4. The Shadow in the Water
At last all of the players are brought together for a final confrontation. The warrior. The psychic. The detective. The doctor. And something else – something which has, for decades, been waiting in the darkness and biding its time, waiting for Sherlock Holmes’ last stand…
You can pre-order the set from Big Finish for £25 on CD or £20 on download; anyone who orders a CD will also get, as ever, a complimentary download version on the day of release.