Sherlock Holmes celebrated in new Royal Mail stamps

Royal Mail has issued a set of 10 special stamps to celebrate Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, one of the most beloved fictional heroes of all time.

Saturday, 8th August 2020, 4:45 pm
Characters from the popular TV series are featured, in addition to some of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s favourite works.

When Conan Doyle published his first Sherlock novel, A Study in Scarlet, in 1887, he had no idea how iconic the character would become.

Presented in a miniature-sheet, four stamps will explore stories written by the physician-turned-author, considered his favourites: The Adventure of the Speckled Band, The Red-Headed League, The Adventure of the Second Stain and The Adventure of the Dancing Men.

And six will depict characters from the BAFTA and Emmy award winning BBC series, Sherlock, including: Sherlock Holmes; Doctor John Watson; Jim Moriarty; Irene Adler; Mary Morstan; and Mycroft Holmes. Mrs Hudson and Eurus Holmes are also featured.

Each boasts a scene from the most popular episodes of the series and when UV light is shone over them, hidden details from the storyline will be revealed...a wee mystery for collectors to enjoy!

Philip Parker, from Royal Mail, said: “Our stylish new stamps mark the award-winning TV series and are complemented by some of the stories Conan Doyle considered among his best.”

Sherlock producer, Sue Vertue is now planning to use the stamp release as a great excuse to book a staycation!

She said: “We are terribly proud of our Sherlock TV series; now I am ridiculously excited about these stamps.

“I’m going to immediately book a UK holiday so I can send all my friends postcards using them!”