While hard at work, as I so often am these days, I sometimes listen to a lot of podcasts. Most of them, of course, aren't Sherlockian podcasts, as The Baker Street Babes and I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere can only take up a scant few hours of the month. So it was a special treat today when I cranked up the Off the Air Podcast and found the show's opening moments to be all about Sherlock Holmes.
Or more precisely, about BBC Sherlock.
As one of those aging souls who prefers The Bob & Tom Show for his morning drive radio over some of the more obnoxious fare, I've long been a fan of Chick McGee, my favorite among the show's regulars, and I was especially delighted when he started up a podcast a year or so ago. A rambling, personal, very casual podcast, Off the Air feels a lot like hanging out with old friends, just like the best podcasts Sherlockian or not, seem to do.
I can't remember any episodes where Chick just opened up the show, pre-introduction, by telling his pod-mates that they show watch a particular television show, so to hear him right out of the gate recommending Sherlock was a treat.
Of course, the first part of the discussion centers on pronouncing "Butterdick Cumberbun" and its related joke connections -- it's that type of show -- but quickly gets to Chick telling his friends that as much as he liked his previous favorite show, Six Feet Under, "Sherlock is better."
"Every episode gets better than the episode before it," he praises the show, and then threatens to go off and watch it instead of doing the podcast.
It was a small enough moment in a podcast-filled day, but just one more confirmation for the bias of us fans of Sherlock. It is a great show, and it's just fun to hear someone new discovering it. And I feel like that's a gift that will keep on giving for years to come.