Even Sherlock Holmes comes into it

14 Dec

I was listening to a BBC Radio production of ‘Sherlock Holmes – His Last Bow’ yesterday. It was an espionage story set in 1914, and starred Clive Merrison as Holmes and the late Michael Williams as Watson. In the story, a German spy master is operating in England, obtaining precious military secrets. Holmes has been persuaded out of the retirement of keeping bees by the head of British counter intelligence, Captain Vernon Kell.
As I indicated in my novel, ‘Troubled Waters’, Conan Doyle was consulted when the agency was set up, and the first head of what was to become MI5 was indeed Captain Vernon Kell. And I hadn’t even read the story!

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