I first met Jeremy Brett’s Sherlock Holmes in 1988, when my then boyfriend (now husband!) told me I simply had to watch this brilliant TV version of the Sherlock Holmes stories on TV with him. Now I had never been remotely interested in reading the Conan Doyle books, being far more interested in science-fiction, natural history, and so on… but it didn’t take me long to become captivated by Jeremy Brett’s obsessive, depressive and sometimes flamboyant version of the famous detective. We went to see ‘The Secret of Sherlock Holmes’ at Wyndham’s Theatre later that same year, and I was so impressed (it may even have been the very first time I went to the theatre!) that I wrote to Jeremy from both of us, saying how much we had enjoyed the play. He very kindly replied on a picture postcard (of himself as Holmes) thanking us, and telling us to ‘pop in and say hello’ if we were in the area. (I later learned that Jeremy would often entertain family, friends and theatre-goers alike in what he called his ‘green-room’ at the theatre) Sadly we were unable to do so, to my eternal regret – but I still have the postcard, and the memory of the play.
Sept 12th 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of his passing. He will remembered by fans and friends from around the world on that day in London at an event on Clapham Common, London: Remembering Jeremy Brett
Also in commemoration, a group of talented Holmes enthusiasts have written and illustrated a six-story anthology inspired by Jeremy’s portrayal of the famous sleuth: