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The Three Patch Podcast is a podcast dedicated to the fandom culture, social issues, creative works, and analysis inspired by and related to the BBC drama series, Sherlock. Broadcasting monthly episodes since 2013, our crew of consulting fans tackle character analysis and speculation, highlight fan ingenuity and enthusiasm, explore the shipping and relationship-side of things, and share some of the more comic aspects of this fandom life. The name for the podcast is in reference to the three ...
 
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“Maybe you collect yourself, sir” [EMPT] Sherlock Holmes shared his reading interests on occasion, and they tended to be wide and varied. Some of them were for professional development purposes, yet others seem to exist to expand his thinking. Was Sherlock Holmes a book collector? And if he was, what kind of care did he take for his volumes? It's j…
 
“pinned like a beetle on a card” [BLAC] It's the third week of the month, and that means it's the exotic animal episode. Last month we covered worms, and we mentioned the slow-worm, which Mr. Sherman said kept the beetles down. A listener called in with a comment on that episode, and it led to this one, where we look at this detestable insect, its …
 
“passionate, whole-hearted, tropical, ill-balanced” [THOR] Maria Gibson (nee Pinto) was a troubled woman. What could have driven her to her final acts? Is she a victim? A villain? A sympathetic character? If anything she was less two-dimensional than she is typically assumed to be. Could her demise have indeed been a murder rather than a suicide? I…
 
“a general practitioner with very limited experience and mediocre qualifications” [DYIN] We know Watson had a serious medical career before he met Holmes. But what do his qualifications mean? And aside from the brandy, how did his training come in handy? Helen Simpson's "The Medical Career of John H. Watson" in H.W. Bell's Baker Street Studies prov…
 
“some arm-chair lounger who evolves” [STUD] From a humble beginning to the heights of international fame and importance, the career of Sherlock Holmes was a rocket ride. And his personal relationships took an opposite ride. This is the third and final entry in this series on the evolution of Sherlock Holmes. And it's anything but a Trifle. Have you…
 
The two men who definitely haven't drank the "1954 TV" Sherlock Holmes Kool-Aid (because one of them doesn't know what Kool-Aid even is) are back to not only analyze Watson's documentary footage -- now they're testing it on human subjects! The trans-Atlantic investigation of the fictionalizing of the real Sherlock Holmes continues!…
 
“window-breaking Furies” [VALL] Windows are everywhere in the Sherlock Holmes stories. But in certain cases, they form an essential part of the plot. In some cases, it may be transparent. In others, not so much. Whether they're decorative, a passage of one form or another, or are broken in the course of a crime, some windows serve a purpose in the …
 
“It is full of old houses which are named after the men who built them centuries ago.” [SUSS] Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a master storyteller. He gave us memorable characters and plots that painted a picture over the course of the entire Canon. But more than plot or characters, place played an outsized role. What does the geography in the Sherlock …
 
“evolved from his own inner consciousness” [BOSC] In Episode 237, we looked at how Holmes's personality traits changed over the course of his career. We're back for another look using four separate stories, each 10 years apart. What can the Canon tell us about the ways Holmes's interests, tastes, enthusiasms, relationships, reputation, and more cha…
 
“Cyanea! Cyanea!” [LION] In the third week of every month in our fifth season, Trifles looks at exotic animals. We turn to the sea this time, examining jellyfish. And this episode brought us into contact with an old publication: the Catalogue of an Exhibition Held at Abbey House, Baker Street, London, May–September 1951. For those intimately famili…
 
“Let me show you the evolution of this case” [WIST] In our last episode, we discussed the subtle yet undeniable change in the nature of the relationship between Sherlock Holmes and Inspector Lestrade. But what about the evolution of Holmes himself? What aspects of his character changed over the course of his career, from a 20-something during his f…
 
Talon King, Victorian film expert Paul Thomas Miller, and special guest, social anthropologist Raquel Rodriguez, look at some of the most disturbing of Dr. Watson's documentary footage to date -- his recordings of the serial killer called "Mother Hubbard" by the conspirators attempting to portray Watson's work as "just a TV show."…
 
"That you, Lestrade?" [EMPT] One might say that Sherlock Holmes and Inspector G. Lestrade had a contentious relationship. While this may be the popular stereotype between the two professionals, a long-term assessment doesn't bear this out. Listener Ron Lies has shared a paper of his that takes us through the Holmes-Lestrade relationship chronologic…
 
“Altogether there are eight maids” [MUSG] Two stories. Two jewels. Two lady's maids. And two strikingly similar circumstances. In "The Blue Carbuncle" and "The Six Napoleons," published just 11 years apart, we can find some remarkable parallels that result in the disappearance of minor players who were involved in critical plot points. It's just a …
 
“some secret society, some implacable organization” [VALL] We know the Mafia, the KKK, and other named secret societies permeate the Sherlock Holmes stories. They add to the mystery and mystique of the plots. But what were some of the lesser-known secret societies? And were they really that secret? It's just a Trifle. Have you left us a rating and …
 
“the direct nature of the experiment” [BRUC] It's the third week of the month, and that means it's time for our Exotic Animals feature! When you hear "rat" anywhere near the Sherlock Holmes stories, there are three possible conclusions: the Giant Rat of Sumatra, Ballarat, or... Lab rats, which is our topic of discussion. While lab rats aren't liter…
 
“The best possible” [NOBL] In Episode 231, we left you with a bit of a cliffhanger. The show was filled with answers to questions from listeners, and one asked about our favorite Sherlock Holmes stories. Rather than boring you with only our personal preferences, we got into a history of the best Sherlock Holmes stories, first as judged by Sir Arthu…
 
“they are pretty sure to ask questions anyhow, so it would be as well to have answers” [RETI] We're doing something a little different for this episode. There are certain elements about the Sherlock Holmes stories that are just too trifling out of which to create an entire episode. So we turned to you. We're answering questions that you have submit…
 
“That is very fortunate” [SCAN] Sherlock Holmes didn't believe in superstition, the supernatural, or random guesses. He was a detective who dealt in facts and data. And yet, the canon of Sherlock Holmes stories is littered with coincidences (happy or otherwise) and instances of luck. How did these play into the stories and Holmes's ability to solve…
 
“the whole story concerning the politician, the lighthouse, and the trained cormorant” [VEIL] There is one scant mention of a cormorant in the Sherlock Holmes stories — in one of Watson's enticing throwaway lines of a case which we'll never read. In "The Veiled Lodger," he tells us about the case involving a trained cormorant that might be revealed…
 
“I stooped to the eyepiece and focussed for my vision.” [SHOS] Given Arthur Conan Doyle's training in the field of eye medicine, it's no surprise that we find a number of Sherlock Holmes characters who wear glasses. In fact, an entire story is named after a set of eyewear. Who were some of the bespectacled band in the Sherlock Holmes stories? It's …
 
“the sending of general messages” [VALL] Sherlock Holmes was an inveterate message sender and receiver. The many notes, letters, telegrams, cryptogram, and other forms of communication that passed by his view made for key clues in some cases. We wondered how things might have turned out differently in certain cases if the frequency of messages were…
 
“I am a poor man” [PRIO] Time and again, we find people in the Sherlock Holmes stories who are having money problems. As in money problems drastic enough to cause them to make unfortunate decisions. Who were some of these people, and what hard choices did they make? We have a few of them; it's just a Trifle. Have you left us a rating and review on …
 
"like a viper’s tooth" [DYIN] Here we are again, ready to tackle the monthly topic of exotic animals. So naturally, we turn to the wiper. Wait, the what? Suffice it to say that the oddly-identified snake does have a place in the Sherlock Holmes stories, although way down at the East End. Oh, and there's the little matter of a Great War publishing m…
 
"It is fortunate for this community that I am not a criminal."[BRUC] Sherlock Holmes certainly ran with a rough crowd. Burglars, murderers, blackmailers, thieves, spies, kidnappers, and even politicians. Given his store of criminal knowledge, what stopped him from becoming a criminal himself? Wait just a moment; while his cause was justice, his pra…
 
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