IN MEMORY OF JEREMY BRETT
IN REMEMBRANCE OF JEREMY BRETT - Part 2.
Created by Revati, Radix Pedis Diaboli and SherlockExtra - Translator: Revati
This writing is the second part of the article called In remembrance of Jeremy Brett. Though the actor passed away in 1995, it is rejoicing that he has so many fans. The adventures of his Sherlock Holmes gave and still give hope, salve or simply entertain lots of people. Hopefully we can pique the interest of the younger generations as well. In part 1 you could read the opinion of actors and other artists. (Part 1: In remembrance of Jeremy Brett ). Now we would like to show several examples of how Brett’s memory is treasured around the world (but just a taste of it, of course).
Jeremy Brett’s memorial plaque in Wyndham’s Theatre, London
The plaque was erected by Edward Hardwicke in 1995 with the inscription: „I lost a friend whom I regarded as the best and wisest man I have ever known.” ( These are the words of dr. Watson from The Final Problem. ) In Wyndham’s played Jeremy and Edward the twosome The Secret of Sherlock Holmes for years. After Brett’s death the play still was on the repertoire with a new cast, because it was immensely popular.
Jeremy Brett memorial tree
On the 30th of March 2007, which was a Friday, fans of Jeremy Brett planted a tree in his honour in Clapham Common Park, near his home. Edward Hardwicke and David Burke took part in the ceremony. As Jeremy loved nature, it was a kind thing to do.
Jeremy Brett memorial bench
" This bench and nearby tree
stands in honour of the legendary actor
Jeremy Brett (1933-1995)
His love, laughter and immense courage
in the face of adversity inspires us all "
(Roger Johnson gave permission to use this beautiful photos. We are very grateful.)
Nearby Jeremy’s memorial tree there’s a bench dedicated to his memory as well. It has been placed there on the 12th of September 2015 – the 20th anniversary of his death. The event was called Remembering Jeremy and was conceived and organised by Maureen Whittaker. Admirers of the actor were present to celebrate. Among the guests were Brett’s first Watson, David Burke, his close friends Linda Pritchard and Sally Thomas, his biographer David Stuart Davies, and Roger Johnson, Editor of the Sherlock Holmes Journal. Actresses Barbara Wilshere (Violet Smith from The Solitary Cyclist) and Rosalyn Landor (Helen Stoner from The Speckled Band) also attended the event.
Jeremy Brett stamp (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
In 2009 Congo issued a stamp remembering Jeremy Brett. This stamp is one piece of a series showing famous people. Other stamps were already in use with the character of Sherlock Holmes, and Brett is depicted as the great detective, this stamp has the name of Jeremy Brett on it.
Frogwares – Sherlock Holmes PC games
In the popular Sherlock Holmes PC games of Frogwares the detective was modelled after Jeremy Brett.
Poi Dog Pondering – song about Jeremy Brett
Poi Dog Pondering is an American band which is at home in several music styles. Its leader, Frank Orrall is a kind and talented artist. SherlockExtra asked his permission to make a video for their song „Jeremy Brett”. Frank not only allowed this, but he liked the video so much that he put it to the website of the band.
You can watch the video here:
Poi Dog Pondering: Jeremy Brett
Silverlode – song about Jeremy Brett/Sherlock Holmes
British band Silverlode paid homage to Jeremy Brett’s sleuth with a song too.
BAFTA for Jeremy Brett – a British campaign
Jeremy’s outstanding performance had never been acknowledged by a BAFTA award. His fellow actors and fans started a campaign to reward his talent posthumously. Their request was rejected with the reason that BAFTA rules do not allow posthumous rewarding.
Artworks of the fandom
Talented fans of Jeremy Brett make numerous videos, sculptures, drawings and other artworks about him. We especially love the wonderful art of Riley Stark, who has been kind enough to allow us to use these on our site.
Linda Pritchard, Jeremy’s partner and friend
Last but not least we have to mention the woman who treasures the memory of Brett with lots of love. She is Linda Pritchard, who was his partner. She writes and publishes interesting books of high standard about him.
Linda honoured our site with giving an interview to us, which you access here:
Exclusive sherlockian interview: Jeremy Brett interview - with Linda Pritchard
You can read the first part of the article here:
In remembrance of Jeremy Brett
Jeremy Brett's churchwarden pipe
Dogs in the Granada Sherlock Holmes series
Jeremy Brett: Sherlock Holmes, the Granada series