The Baker Street Boys facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsThe Baker Street Boys
|Based on||Characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle|
|Written by||Richard Carpenter
|Directed by||Marilyn Fox
|Theme music composer||David Epps
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Running time||25 mins|
|Original release||8 March– 1 April 1983|
The Baker Street Boys is a British television series made by the BBC and first shown in 1983. The series recounts the adventures of a gang of street urchins living in Victorian London who assist the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes in solving crimes and find themselves tackling cases of their own.
Anthony Read planned out the show's format. Read had previously been a script editor and writer on the 1965 Sherlock Holmes series starring Douglas Wilmer. He claimed to have long wondered what the Irregulars got up to when not in the service of Sherlock Holmes and the series deals with this subject.
Although Holmes was always absent (explained on-screen by his being too busy working on another case, being held captive by Professor Moriarty, or confined to bed by illness), Dr. Watson was always around to assist the Irregulars when necessary.
Holmes was only ever seen obliquely (Roger Ostime provided the character's voice) while Dr. Watson, Inspector Lestrade and Mrs. Hudson all featured more prominently.
- Jay Simpson as Wiggins
- Damion Napier as Beaver
- Adam Woodyatt as Shiner
- David Garlick as Sparrow
- Debbie Norris as Queenie
- Suzi Ross as Rosie
- Roger Ostime as Sherlock Holmes (voice only)
- Hubert Rees as Dr. Watson
- Stanley Lebor as Inspector Lestrade
- Pat Keen as Mrs. Hudson
- Colin Jeavons as Professor James Moriarty
Eight episodes were broadcast:
|1||8 March 1983||"The Adventure of the Disappearing Dispatch Case, Part 1"|
|2||11 March 1983||"The Adventure of the Disappearing Dispatch Case, Part 2"|
|3||15 March 1983||"The Ghost of Julian Midwinter, Part 1"|
|4||18 March 1983||"The Ghost of Julian Midwinter, Part 2"|
|5||22 March 1983||"The Adventure of the Winged Scarab, Part 1"|
|6||25 March 1983||"The Adventure of the Winged Scarab, Part 2"|
|7||29 March 1983||"The Case of the Captive Clairvoyant, Part 1"|
|8||4 April 1983||"The Case of the Captive Clairvoyant, Part 2"|
In 1985, the BBC released 4 episodes from the series on VHS video. They were edited into two 48-minute-long episodes.
The two stories featured were "The Adventure of the Disappearing Dispatch Case" (from Episodes 1 and 2) and "The Adventure of the Winged Scarab" (from Episodes 5 and 6).
Seven books based on the TV series have been published to date:
|The Baker Street Boys||Brian N. Ball||1983||BBC/Knight Books||ISBN: 978-0-3403-3300-6|
|The Baker Street Boys: The Case of the Disappearing Detective||Anthony Read||2005||Walker Books Ltd||ISBN: 978-1-84428-961-5|
|The Baker Street Boys: The Case of the Captive Clairvoyant||Anthony Read||2006||Walker Books Ltd||ISBN: 978-0-7445-7016-8|
|The Baker Street Boys: The Case of the Ranjipur Ruby||Anthony Read||2006||Walker Books Ltd||ISBN: 978-1-4063-0088-8|
|The Baker Street Boys: The Case of the Limehouse Laundry||Anthony Read||2007||Walker Books Ltd||ISBN: 978-1-4063-0341-4|
|The Baker Street Boys: The Case of the Stolen Sparklers||Anthony Read||2008||Walker Books Ltd||ISBN: 978-1-4063-0342-1|
|The Baker Street Boys: The Case of the Haunted Horrors||Anthony Read||2009||Walker Books Ltd||ISBN: 978-1-4063-0343-8|
|The Baker Street Boys: The Case of the Racehorse Ringer||Anthony Read||2012||Walker Books Ltd||ISBN: 978-1-4063-3524-8|
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