RTS – Sherlock: Anatomy of a Hit. What were everyone’s favourite scenes?
Amongst the detailed look at the inception of Sherlock as a television series, the Royal Television Society event Sherlock: Anatomy of a Hit on Tuesday 4 March 2014 gave attendees the chance to hear the show’s creators reveal their favourite scenes from all three series, with the sequences played on the big screen. While the event was video recorded for release via the RTS website in the next week, we thought you might like to find out everyone’s favourite moments in advance.
Steven Moffat – The opening sequence of The Empty Hearse, because “Sherlock kisses Molly!” (stated with mock emotion, for the record).
Mark Gatiss – the concluding scenes of A Scandal in Belgravia, where Sherlock asks John for Irene’s phone. Mark also says the episode is his favourite overall.
Sue Vertue – Irene’s boomerang deduction from A Scandal in Belgravia, because of the ingenuity of the bed rising into shot.
Amanda Abbington – Sherlock and Jim’s confrontation over a cup of tea at 221B in The Reichenbach Fall.
Ben Stephenson (Drama Controller, BBC One) – the reveal of Moriarty’s identity at the swimming pool in The Great Game.
Tom Sutcliffe (Panel host) – The point where Sherlock’s best man speech turns from car-crash to heartfelt in The Sign of Three.
BBC Worldwide hosts special publicity tour in Brazil with Mark Gatiss
We’ve been sent the following press release by BBC Worldwide:
Acclaimed British screenwriter, producer and actor Mark Gatiss will be visiting Brazil in March in a special publicity tour for BBC Worldwide to talk about British drama including international TV sensation Sherlock and his work on global hit Doctor Who, which celebrated its 50th Anniversary last year.
Gatiss, who is the co-creator and executive producer of Sherlock which has sold to over 200 territories across the world, has been invited to speak at the prestigious Rio Content Market – an annual industry event for producers, TV content buyers and commissioners in Latin America. At the conference, he will be giving a presentation on his career in British drama with a focus on Sherlock and also An Adventure in Space and Time – the drama about the genesis of Doctor Who which he wrote and produced last year as part of the brand’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. He will also talk about his work writing for and acting in various episodes of the sci-fi series. The event will be hosted by TV journalist Liv Brandao and Brazilian stage director Claudio Botelho.
As part of the tour, Mark will also be meeting fans at two events specially organised by BBC Worldwide. The first will be a screening of The Empty Hearse – the opening episode of the latest series of Sherlock, written by Gatiss and in which he stars alongside Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock’s brother Mycroft Holmes. The screening will take place at Livraria Cultura (Cine Victoria) in Rio de Janeiro on Friday 14th March at 7pm. As part of the event, Mark will take part in a Q and A and signing session with fans.
The second event will take place at Livraria Cultura (Shopping Iguatemi) in Sao Paulo at 7pm on Saturday 15th March. Fans will have the opportunity to ask questions about Mark’s work Doctor Who, Sherlock and the recent drama An Adventure in Space and Time. He will also take part in a limited signing of Sherlock and Doctor Who merchandise. Further details of both events and how to obtain tickets will be released soon on www.doctorwho.tv/events. Details of the venues can be found at http://www.livrariacultura.com.br/
Commenting on the forthcoming tour Mark Gatiss says: “It’s fantastic that British TV is being enjoyed all across the world and I’m really looking forward to meeting Brazilian Doctor Who and Sherlock fans!”
Sherlock and Doctor Who have both seen notable growth in Latin America in the last year, with a huge number of fans engaging with both shows on social media. The official Sherlock Facebook page has seen an 80% increase in the number of Brazilian fans in the last year and the Doctor Who page a 54% increase – the highest for any country in the world. Both series air on BBC HD and BBC Entertianment in Brazil which are pay-TV channel wholly owned and operated by BBC Worldwide. They are also both available on Netflix Latin America.
Recording Cabin Pressure – The Final Episode: spoiler-free report
After a journey of five years, Cabin Pressure is now ready to make its final departure, following the recording of the last ever episode on Sunday February 23 2014 at RADA Studios in London. The beloved BBC Radio 4 comedy written by John Finnemore stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Roger Allam, Stephanie Cole and Finnemore, alongside a host of guest stars, many of who recur in the final episode.
In this final installment, we pick up immediately after we left the crew of MJN Air at a critical moment that would decide the future of both the one-aircraft airline and its Captain, Martin Crieff (Cumberbatch). What occurs thereafter will of course not be described here, but over the extended 45 minute runtime of this episode Finnemore spins a comedy writing masterclass that not only pushes the entire cast of characters forward but fondly looks back to the past, pulling some interesting threads from the entire lifetime of the series together into a hugely satisfying whole.
And sitting there in the audience at RADA studios, you once again got the sense of the huge fondness the cast and crew hold each other in. The camaraderie between all those performing never wavered, whether they were regulars, returning guests, or a new arrival. As a result there were, of course, a couple of moments of sputtering laughter from those at the microphone necessitating an immediate retake, but these are all part of the fun of seeing recording take place ahead of any editing into the final product.
But of course, the recording itself was infused with a palpable sense of the bittersweet, and by the conclusion of the retakes at the end of the evening you could sense a small tinge of incredulity among some on stage that this was the final time they would play these characters. All told though, Cabin Pressure ends brilliantly, on its own terms and in perfect style with a hilarious, warm and fitting finale that this well loved series deserves in every possible way.
No broadcast date for the final episode of Cabin Pressure has been announced by BBC Radio 4 as yet, but a potential date of December 24 2014 was mooted at the recording. Stay tuned to our social media accounts for further updates.
Announcing SHERLOCKED: The OFFICIAL Sherlock Convention
Sherlock Series Three is over, and Series Four is waiting in the future. But in the meantime, to tide us all over in the hiatus, something exciting is coming later this year.
SHERLOCKED, the first ever official Sherlock convention dedicated to our favourite BBC series, will take place in 2014 over 3 days. The event will be run by Massive Events in association with Hartswood Films and Showmasters Ltd - a combination of the talents of specialist producers in dedicated fan conventions and the hugely experienced team behind the renowned London Film & Comic Con, and the Sherlock production team. In addition, it is intended to take place in Europe and in the USA.
With this level of behind the scenes experience, SHERLOCKED already looks to be an unprecedented event for fans of the series to attend. The convention has been in the planning since the middle of 2013 ahead of this announcement, and will feature activities, star guests from the cast and crew, talks, photo shoots, autograph sessions and plenty more!
Sherlock’s producer Sue Vertue exclusively told us: "We’re very excited to be announcing our first official Sherlock convention for later in the year, aptly named SHERLOCKED. Massive Events have been pestering me for ages to get a date for this in the schedule but we wanted to make sure that we had the time and energy to make it a great, high quality and fun event, and now we have! Watch this space."
Full details on SHERLOCKED will be revealed in the near future, including dates, locations and venues, and of course the cast and crew that will be attending the convention.
To be among the first to know all that information when it is revealed, head to Massive Events website right now and register your details. You can also follow the Facebook and Twitter accounts for the event, and Sherlockology will be bringing you all the news on this exciting event as it is announced.
About Ready to be #Sherlocked?
Sherlockology has known about the work to get an official convention off the ground for a long time. We first spoke with Massive Events back in 2012 when many fans were asking us to organise a convention for Sherlock, following the release of Series Two. We are not event organisers and prefer to leave that sort of thing to the people who are experts in the field - we felt that if a Sherlock convention was to go ahead, it had to be the best it could be. The one thing we were absolutely certain about was that it had to be official, with the makers of the series involved, so we introduced Massive Events to Hartswood Films and since the middle of 2013 both companies have been working their magic together to bring SHERLOCKED into existence.
We were excited to spend the past week running a teaser campaign across our social media platforms leading to this long awaited announcement. In keeping with the name of the convention, the teasers took inspiration from the famous unlock screen of Irene Adler’s phone in S2E1 A Scandal in Belgravia, with quotes taken from that episode featuring blocked out letters in the style of her password. When each pair of these letters was rearranged come the final day of the teaser campaign, it spelt out CONVENTION. Some extremely clever people worked it out two days ago on Wednesday - if that was you, a truly hearty round of applause.
Vote for Sherlock to appear in Captain America sequel The Winter Soldier
SHERLOCK NEEDS YOUR HELP!
In a ground-breaking movie tie-in, RadioTimes.com users will be able to help choose which of ten classic British and Irish TV shows appear in the forthcoming movie sequel ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’.
If you would like to see Sherlock feature, you can cast you vote HERE
Jewellery Designer opens the door to Sherlock inspired designs
One of the most exciting talents on the UK jewellery scene currently, Sophie Honeybourne, has turned her creative eye to the production of a miniature world of our favourite consulting detective in the form of Sherlock inspired pendants.
Sherlockology met Sophie, a graduate of the Royal College of Art whose work is exhibited in many prestigious galleries around the country, last summer while visiting her jewel-box shop and studio in the Victorian seaside town of Ventnor, Isle of Wight.
After falling in love with her work, the conversation naturally turned to Sherlock Holmes - as is so often does with us - and soon the idea germinated for Sophie to design a Sherlock inspired piece for us.
“This is exactly the kind of commission I love to work on,” Sophie told us, “My husband and I are also huge Sherlock fans, new and old, and frequently listen to the BBC audio plays whilst working in the workshop.”
The result was a truly stunning miniature replica door in oxidised black sterling silver with 9ct gold door numbers, knocker and letterbox. Taking a closer look reveals Sophie’s extraordinary attention to detail. She even includes the keyholes and decorative glass panel above the door. “I got completely locked in to miniature Sherlock world,” Sophie later explained after presenting the finished pieces to us. “I hadn’t really seen the leaded glass window on first inspection and had to spend a lot of time on it as was such a lot of tiny detail. It has been one of my toughest challenges yet, but a very cool project to work on!”
Sherlockabilia.com are looking to offer Honeybourne Jewellery ‘221B’ hand finished cast sterling silver miniature doors soon, but in the meantime you can visit Sophie’s website at HoneybourneJewellery.com, find her on Facebook or pop into her shop in Ventnor, which is well worth a visit.
Long desired and finally here, Sherlock: The Network brings fans an exciting new adventure in game form. Available in the UK on January 20th on the Apple App Store, the game brings users face to face with Sherlock, John, and Mycroft as played by Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Mark Gatiss, in new and exclusive video footage shot in the sets of the series. The three actors address you directly - in some wonderful and slightly disconcerting scenes, John is talking to you on FaceTime, in footage filmed handheld by Martin Freeman himself.
In the game, you play the role of a nameless member of Sherlock’s homeless network, newly inducted and just starting out on initially menial tasks set by the detective. You journey around London by foot, tube or taxi, the latter two options giving the first of the numerous mini-games that make up the structure of the app. The tube mini-game in particular is enjoyably challenging, requiring you to piece coloured line sections (with a line connection crossover) together to enable the train to travel from one point to the other - the challenge comes from the fact that the pieces you are provided initially may not be correct, and the train itself may begin to travel before you have completed the track…
The storyline is divided into numerous cases, some individual, others connected to the overarching narrative that runs throughout. In each case, you have to journey to destinations on the main London map to interview suspects and crack clues. The clues take the form of the aforementioned mini-games, of which there is a great variety, encompassing a wide range of suitable skills such as code breaking, visual observation, and audio decryption. These puzzles increase in difficulty towards the end of the game. All are timed, and though there is a ‘skip’ button that appears after a set period, using it forfeits the score you have built up through each section - important to consider as the game features a worldwide leaderboard system that links to your Facebook account.
At the end of each case, you must put all the pieces together in your Mind Palace, assimilating floating text describing seemingly disparate information to produce the final solution. All these elements coalesce into an intriguing whole - this is not a game which you can be expected to just hammer straight through in a single sitting. Instead, it demands your full attention to be able to proceed and fully comprehend the story that is being placed in front of you - just like the series itself in many ways!
It’s a no-brainer from us of course, but we highly recommend Sherlock: The Network if you want to experience a more cerebral and genuinely challenging piece of mobile gaming that just happens to feature a glut of new video footage and voice work from the cast of the BBC series.
Sherlock: The Network is released on the UK App Store on January 20 2014, priced at £2.99. International releases dates and an Android version are set to be announced in the future.
One of the biggest requests from Sherlock fans is about to come true in spectacular fashion - an official game app from digital production company The Project Factory and Hartswood Films that lets you interact directly with Sherlock and John is about to arrive for iOS users.
Taking the form of a new epic adventure filled with branching narratives, Sherlock: The Network invites users to become a member of the detective’s trusted ‘Homeless Network’. Players must travel across a game hub depicting London by foot, Tube or taxi, helping Sherlock and John on new cases - starting from simply receiving and passing on messages, to the ultimate challenge of infiltrating the enemy and solving cases with Sherlock as the larger plot unfolds.
Cases are solved by talking to witnesses, collecting and storing evidence, and playing a wide range of mini-games that encompass observaton, hacking, code breaking, and audio decryption. Players can also earn money and pick up valuable tools to help accelerate their mission. The app features a total of 10 new cases for Sherlock fans to crack.
The app includes exclusively shot video of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in their roles as Sherlock and John, along with voicemails from the pair, iconic locations from the series highlighted on the map, and other clues to find.
As Sue Vertue, Executive Producer from Hartswood Films, explains: "Sherlock fans have been asking us for ages to create an App and we think that through Sherlock: the Network, The Project Factory has created an impressive, innovative way for them to immerse themselves in a bit of Sherlock’s world whilst waiting for us to make more shows!"
Creative director of The Project Factory, Rob Barnes, says: "This app is set to be a real treat for Sherlock fans, who, rather than mourn the end of the third series, can look forward to the fact that they will have a completely new, interactive digital experience to immerse themselves in. The scripting, approach and case structure reflect the television programme, keeping the mysteries flowing."
Sherlockology has played the Sherlock: The Network to completion and will be launching a review of the app next week.
The app, compatible with iPhone and iPad, will be available to download from the App Store on January 20th, 2014. It is priced at £2.99. Release details for an Android version are yet to be announced.
Sherlock S3E3 His Last Vow was once again the most watched television programme of the day in the UK yesterday, bringing in 8.77m viewers in initial overnight ratings.
This is a drop of 70k viewers from the previous episode, still a far smaller drop than the viewer loss from episodes 2 and 3 of previous series.
By way of comparison, S2E3 The Reichenbach Fall pulled in 7.9m viewers in overnight ratings in January 2012.
Steven Moffat, co-creator, executive producer and writer of Sherlock said: “It isn’t supposed to be like this. Sherlock began life as a surprise hit, and now in its third series, it’s rating higher than ever. This show, which we all thought would be our vanity project destined for 3 million in the ratings and possibly an award from an obscure European festival, has become a barnstorming international phenomenon. If I live to be a very old man, I might be able to explain how any of that happened - drop me a line in about forty years, I’ll do my best. Till then, on behalf of Mark and Sue and myself - who started all this, not so very long ago – thank you all for the very best of times!”
An excellent, thorough overview of the screen legacy of the greatest fictional detective, ‘Timeshift: How to be Sherlock Holmes - The Many Faces of a Master Detective’ features a superb array of interviewees and is an essential watch for any fan of the character. Narrated by Peter Wyngarde, it opens with a beautifully cut montage of striking spoken-to-camera-statements by Douglas Wilmer, Christopher Lee, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Gatiss, and Tim Pigott-Smith that highlight facets of the character, all intercut with footage of the myriad screen versions of Holmes including Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr, Peter Cushing and Douglas Wilmer. As well as the actors, the piece also enlists other speakers such as P.D. James and Nicholas Meyer to examine the character.
The documentary pays particular attention to the growth and popularity of Holmes onscreen as the world changes through modern history, charting the shifts from modernity to period to modernity again throughout the every growing number of interpretations. From Gilette’s initial stage appearance and Rathbone’s patriotic efforts to Hammer’s renowned version of The Hound of the Baskervilles, it brings us bang up to date with due attention paid to the legacy of Jeremy Brett, and a bookending focus on the current modern day BBC incarnation.
It is also filled with remarkable, funny stories. Douglas Wilmer is excellent fun in particular - his Holmes was renowned for his melancholy, and so he reads an angry piece of fan mail received after he laughed in character onscreen - while the legendary Christopher Lee warmly remembers his great friend Peter Cushing. To say any more would be to spoil the tales and insight you’ll discover when you watch this fascinating documentary, so it comes with our very highest recommendation.
Timeshift: How to be Sherlock Holmes - The Many Faces of a Master Detective premieres on BBC Four on January 12 2014 at 22:00GMT.
With airdates for Sherlock S3 now arriving, we’re repeating our previous post that we created in 2011 to round up worldwide broadcasts for the new series. We’ll be updating this post as new dates and times are revealed, but that’s where YOU come in.