While not actually a fan series for Sherlock, it does draw upon the general principles used by the Grand Moff in his re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes– that the stories work just as well in 2010 as the 1890s.
I have been casting the audio drama a bit biased toward Freebatch, and the general setting is similar, but I am keeping everything canonical to Sir Arthur CD, so there won’t be any problems with the BBC. I am also keeping much closer to the original stories than Sherlock has been doing– I’m mostly simply updating what ACD already wrote, rather than trying to reinvent the stories entirely.
I’ve been deliberately choosing some of the less classic stories to use– ones that people wouldn’t instantly think of when they hear Sherlock Holmes, although I am taking requests for the next round (I’ve already had several begging for Scandal in Bohemia) so please comment with your favourites and I’ll consider writing them up! (Keep it to the short stories for now, not ready to tackle Hound.)
So far it has been very easy to update the stories– mostly I’ve been trying to get the openings a bit more interesting. I like how Grand Moff shows Sherlock and John in their quirky flatsharing relationship, so I’ve brought a bit more of that dynamic in, rather than jumping straight into the latest mystery like ACD tends to do.
I’ve also brought Watson more into some of the stories– Holmes tends to rush off on his own a lot, and while that works in print, it doesn’t work in audio. That means he has no-one to talk to and would thus have to A) chatter on narrating to himself (which is out of character) or B) come back to the flat and go on and on about what he just did (booorrriiinng) so I just brought Watson along.
For example: Beryl Coronet (My episode 3)
You will notice a lot more texting/emailing going on, and I changed the jewelry in question to an actual famous tiara currently held by a noble family (but not the royals). You can see it in the photo below:
So far there will be four episodes coming out, but more will be on their way after that. The cast call is open until Monday (still need folks!) So feel free to send yours in.