I cannot thank Bert Coules enough for making ACD stories even better! Especially the later ones. First time I heard Lion’s Mane, my jaw kept dropping as the story progressed! It still does whenever I hear it (them) again.
OK please tell me: where can I find them?!?
If you have not heard these, place them HIGH on your list - they are made with great love for the characters, and are my favourite adaption of the canon. The episodes are for sale in various places (audible, itunes, etc), and also repeated periodically on BBC Radio. Generally you can listen to these repeats worldwide for a week after the broadcast.
Several episodes can be found on BBC iPlayer at the moment. You may need to skip past the first few seconds of the previous show.
The adaption of LION is indeed lovely. EMPT will tear your heart out on a stick as Watson suffers through the loss of both Holmes and Mary. On a stick, I tell you.
Certain episodes, IMO, also bring out some queer vibes from the tales, such as the in BLAN, where the delivery of Dodd’s “I had got into the way of supposing that you knew everything without being told” is quite poignant. I also felt a queer subtext around Colonel Hayter in REIG, though perhaps it is debatable. DEVI is a very intimate portrayal of Holmes and Watson, despite Holmes’s outrageously bad German accent as he recites Wagner in Watson’s ear. ;)
Holmes is drawn as having little interest in romance, perhaps to his cost, but his relationship with Watson is very deeply and lovingly painted. While it’s not a Holmes/Watson adaption, it also does not shrink from portraying the intimacy and affection of their partnership.