Undershaw Lives! Guinness Worlds Record attempt for the Greatest Number of People Dressed as Sherlock Holmes in aid of the restoration of Undershaw.
Tomorrow morning, Saturday 19th July, hundreds of Sherlock fans will gather at University College London (UCL) to try and set a Guinness World’s Record for the most amount of people dressed as Sherlock Holmes in one place. There are still some places available [click here]. The event will be filmed live by several TV channels and there will be lots of national press. Why has it got so much coverage?
We’ve just had the wonderful news that a national TV station will be sending a camera crew to London to film this Saturday 19th July at the Guinness Worlds Record attempt for the largest number of people dressed as Sherlock Holmes - and the Sherlock bench photoshoot.
The event is in aid of the restoration of Undershaw
There are some places left for fans to bring their own Sherlock Holmes outfits but with national TV there we’re sure they will now go fast. The venue is University College London and the room has a capacity so get in quick for a ticket.
Newly opened at Trafalgar Studios in the heart of London, Jamie Lloyd’s thrilling, chaotic, and bloody production of William Shakespeare’s portrait of clawing yet aspirational villainy stars Martin Freeman as the deformed and homicidal monarch, alongside a superb ensemble cast.
Directed by Tammy-Riley Smith, produced (and score composed) by Michael Price, and starring Louise Brealey, Nico Rogner, Adrian Scarborough and Sheila Hancock, Delicious has arrived at last on DVD and digital on-demand.
Sherlock, the hit BBC One drama produced by Hartswood Films, will return to screens for a Special, followed by a series of three new episodes.
The last series saw Sherlock’s life change a lot – he returned from the dead, his best friend John Watson married Mary Morstan and he met his match in Charles Augustus Magnussen. After the briefest of exiles, Sherlock came back only to face one of his biggest mysteries yet. Why is Moriarty’s face being broadcast on every television in the land?
Speaking about the return of the series, co-creator, writer and executive producer Steven Moffat said: “A special, plus a new series of three episodes - it’s a record-breaking run!! Of course, it’s far too early to say what’s coming, but we’re reasonably confident that the very next thing to happen to Sherlock and John, is the very last thing you’d expect ….”
Co-creator, writer and executive producer Mark Gatiss adds: “Series Four! At last ! It’s always special to return to ‘Sherlock’ but this time it’s even more special as we’re doing…a Special! Not only THAT, we’ll then be shooting three more episodes which will take Sherlock and John Watson into deeper and darker water than ever before…The whole ‘Sherlock’ team are terrifically excited to return for four new adventures. The Game is on - again!”
Sue Vertue, Executive Producer, Hartswood Films says: “It’s taken a little while to get the dates sorted as none of the boys are exactly sitting back twiddling their thumbs but there was unanimous goodwill to make this work so we’re thrilled that 221b is going to be inhabited again.”
Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One says: “It’s a very good day in the life of a BBC One Controller when you can announce Sherlock will return for a special plus a new three part series . Massive thanks to Sue Vertue and Hartswood Films for pulling this off, it’s no mean feat pinning down some of this country’s most brilliant and in demand actors and writers.”
Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama says: “Steven and Mark are ready to unleash the most shocking and surprising series of Sherlock yet. The only thing to expect is the unexpected…”
Sherlock is written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock is produced by Sue Vertue and the executive producers are Beryl Vertue, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat for Hartswood Films, Bethan Jones for BBC Cymru Wales and Rebecca Eaton for Masterpiece. Shooting on the special will begin in January 2015, with the series shooting later next year.
Commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One and Ben Stephenson Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning.
This review contains some spoilers for the complete ten episode mini-series.
Minnesota Nice meets jet black comedy, with a liberal dose of bloody violence.
That was the greatest tonal takeaway from Fargo, the Coen Brothers Oscar winning 1996 film. The movie lasted for a scant 94 minutes, leaving a few threads deliberately hanging to suggest the pointlessness of the spiralling criminal endeavour we had seen unfold, but ultimately keeping its narrative compact and indeed complete by the close. There was no real reason to suggest this story had anywhere else to go, so the announcement of a ten episode limited mini-series based upon the world of the film was one of the more intriguing announcements by FX Networks in late 2013. The addition of Martin Freeman in a leading role in an American cable television series naturally secured our eager attention come broadcast in mid-April 2014.
Following the success of BBC drama Sherlock, BBC Worldwide has announced a series of deals with key licensees in the UK across a range of new product.
Underground Toys, producer of the new Doctor Who plush,home and gifting ranges will now create Sherlock action, mini and plush figures, Mr Potato Head and bobble heads. The collection continues with badges, bookmarks, door hangers, lanyards, stickers, ties, tote bags, travel mugs, wallets, travel pass holders, wrist bands, bottle opener, cuff links, heat reveal mugs, figural mugs, ice cube trays, doormats, bookends, glassware, cookie jar, tea towel, key rings, money box, tin signs, mobile devise cases and messenger bags. A series of adult and mystery 1000-piece puzzles by Paul Lamond Games has been confirmed, and Dreamtex will introduce bedding including duvet covers, cushions, towels and fleece blankets to the range.
Winning Moves will turn its winning hands to Sherlock Top Trumps and Playing Cards (both as single skus and as a tin gift set) and will renew Cluedo. BBC Worldwide announced last month other key licensing partnerships including posters from GB Posters, calendars from Danilo, Cluedo from Winning Moves, T-shirts from cult TV t-shirt designer Dark Bunny Tees and fan gifting lines from Titan – all contributing to the universal appeal of the Sherlock brand.
Pre-order Sherlock: Chronicles, the new official behind the scenes book - coming October 23 2014.
Packed with exclusive unseen material, including all-new interviews with the cast and crew, this is Sherlock from the ground up: from story and script development to casting, sets, costumes, props, music and more. Each episode of the spectacular three series is remembered by those who made it, from the show’s dazzling debut in A Study in Pink to this year’s breathtaking finale, His Last Vow.
Featuring over 500 images of concept artwork, photographs, costume and set designs, and more, Chronicles is the ultimate celebration for Sherlock fans everywhere.
Cover art has yet to be revealed, so stay tuned for more information in the future.
Very occasionally a new drama comes along that really makes you sit up and take notice. For many reading this, Sherlock was one such series. From the opening scenes of the very first episode, you knew it was different. Taking a totally fresh approach to a tried and tested genre, it was incredibly smart and boasted a sharp script with a complex narrative, applied a highly unique and innovative visual style, not to mention sourced some of the most talented British actors working today. The BBC had certainly struck gold with Sherlock and to say the same of Dominic Mitchell’s BAFTA winning post zombie apocalypse drama In the Flesh on BBC Three and BBC America, would not be an exaggeration.
First aired in 2001, the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers is considered to be one of the most definitive portrayals of the Second World War to have been produced. Following the paratroopers of Easy Company, part of the 101st Airborne Division of the US Army, the ten part series details their journey from training in the United States to the final race to capture Hitler’s Eagles Nest in Berchtesgaden, Germany, while also within the entirety of the second episode featuring the events of June 6 1944 - D-Day.
Re-watching the mini-series now is a very different experience from watching on its first airing nearly thirteen years ago, chiefly thanks to the recognition of so many now familiar faces amongst the cast, appearing in small roles who simply did not register at the time - by way of example, Simon Pegg, Tom Hardy and James McAvoy are three now very famous faces in the drama who at the time were complete unknowns. And another, and the one we’re chiefly concerned with here, is Andrew Scott.
Even though Andrew has since called the atmosphere on the Band of Brothers set 'awful', his role in the second episode of the series ‘Day of Days’ is critical to the thematic weight of the drama. As Private John ‘Cowboy’ Hall(s), he is the first to fall (quite literally) under the direct command of Lieutenant Richard Winters, as played by Damian Lewis, our ostensible protagonist throughout the series. And as the events of the day progress, he becomes the first man to die under Winters’ command, weighing on the latter’s mind while becoming the first of similar casualties to come in the remaining episodes.
At that initial viewing at broadcast all those years ago, this young unknown actor could be seen as an expression of the anonymity of those who fought on the day decades ago, but re-watching the episode now, with a body of further work that has brought him to far greater attention, gives a completely different experience and affords the drama a far greater impact when viewed through the prism of reality, on this day 70 years since the operation took place.
On first glance all these years later, those men who fought and died have become somewhat anonymous to all of us who have come afterwards, a name on a wall or simply a statistic - but when you later recognise someone shown recreating these events in incredibly visceral clarity, someone who was once anonymous to you but are now familiar with, you can more fully appreciate the enormous sacrifice that incredible generation gave. No one who gave their life in such circumstances deserves to be unknown.
Sherlock inspired jewellery and accessories now available on Sherlockabilia
Nearly a year to the day after we launched our online store, we’re excited to announce a range of new Sherlock inspired and handcrafted pieces from Honeybourne Jewellery are now on sale via sherlockabilia.com.
Exclusively designed by Sophie Honeybourne for Sherlockology, the range is priced from £26 and includes pendants, cufflinks and a pin, all cast from solid oxidised sterling silver. All are inspired by the iconic front door to Sherlock Holmes’ home address and feature the phrase ‘If lost please return to… 221b Baker Street’.
In addition, the showpiece item in the range is a detailed replica pendant of the 221B front door cast from sterling silver with 18ct gold gilt on the door numbers, knocker and letterbox, hanging from a sterling silver rope chain and priced at £94.99. One of the initial sample test pieces of this design was gifted to Sherlock Producer Sue Vertue, and she was seen wearing it at press events during the promotion of Sherlock Series Three.
You can find links to all items in the new Honeybourne Jewellery Sherlock range on Sherlockabilia.com below. All items are available for shipping worldwide.
Put simply, Andrew Scott delivers another onstage tour-de-force in Birdland, the impressionistic new play from Sea Wall writer Simon Stephens. As Paul, a rock star who has just crested the cusp of superstardom in an undirected burst of hedonism and eventual self-destruction, he commands the stage very much as he did in the 2011 National Theatre production of Emperor and Galilean, never leaving and always at the centre of attention. Paul is initially wickedly funny, rude and potty-mouthed, fully embracing the chance, fame and money he has been given but eventually losing all sense of morals and normal behaviour, divorced from his friends and unaware of the desperate scrabbling of those he has left behind as he descends into angry paranoia and guilt. Andrew Scott is a dab hand at this kind of material, delivering a performance of such frantic physicality, such bubbly naturalism and such titanically shattering anger that you are hypnotically drawn to the character despite the hideous actions he takes and the horrendous things he says.
The supporting cast that bounces and feeds off Andrew’s performance is also universally excellent. With a group of six players, Birdland is economical with the use of the other actors, with only Alex Price (Being Human, Merlin, Doctor Who) alone in portraying a single character throughout - Paul’s best friend Johnny, who he ultimately betrays more powerfully than anyone. The other performers each play multiple roles throughout, but are also gifted a critical, showpiece character. Nikki Amuka-Bird (Luther, Silent Witness) as Jenny expresses wide eyed wonder and then horror at the world she is invited into by Paul. Daniel Cerquira (Wallander, Birdsong, HBO’s Rome) is hilarious as his tour manager, initially a true yes-man before turning into an angry lecturer. Yolanda Kettle (Holby City) is warm and misguided as Marnie, Johnny’s girlfriend, and Charlotte Randle (Silent Witness, Legacy) is brittle and unimpressed as a journalist who is ultimately the only person able to see straight through Paul.
Particular attention also has to be paid to the imaginative production design that highlights a deeper visual metaphor that lies at the heart of the entire play. Surrounded by a glassy moat, the stage slowly tips by increments as Paul’s world continues to collapse, allowing a wash of black poisonous water to creep in like a cancerous tide all while the detritus of consumerism is thrown into the mix, eventually producing a symbolic filth that soaks into the day-glow, 1960’s coloured clothing of those performing.
Birdland is a play that presents us with a facade that is ultimately permeated by casual, almost accidental greed and self destruction. It is not a moralistic fable, as in the end it neither chooses to damn or champion Paul in the method of the destruction he creates. Thanks to Andrew Scott’s performance, it is ultimately a play that leaves the audience to make their own judgement upon a man who blindly allows his world to drown in the creeping darkness that fame can sometimes incite, if the celebrity is not strong enough to control the excesses that they now find readily available to them.
How do you fancy helping to set a new world record?
On August 31 2014, The Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Foundation will attempt to break the World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed up as the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes.
The challenge will be hosted at Temple Newsam, a beautiful historic country house a short distance outside of the city of Leeds, with the chief aim of helping to raise funds towards a new £2m Yorkshire Brain Research Centre. Attendees can choose to dress as any incarnation of Sherlock Holmes they wish from his long and storied history.
Registration is £15 and in return participants will receive a Deerstalker hat, a pipe and a magnifying glass. Prizes will be given for the best dressed Holmes. Sherlock fans can enter a raffle for £5 to win signed goodies from the cast of Sherlock, including Benedict Cumberbatch signed photographs, Sherlock script and books. 100% of proceeds will go to the Yorkshire Brain Research Centre.
Clair Challenor-Chadwick, Appeal Director of the Yorkshire Brain Research Centre, said: "Sherlock may live at Baker Street, London, but according to the most influential fictional biography of Holmes by Baring-Gould, Holmes was born in Yorkshire, the youngest of three sons of Siger Holmes and Violet Sherrinford. We wanted to reclaim him for Yorkshire, and he is the perfect inspiration for our Appeal as the world’s brainiest detective."
Clair added: "We are calling on collective brain power to help raise funds for this important cause! If you love Sherlock you will love this fun family event, expect special guests and some great entertainment."
After a series of legal battles spanning many years, Undershaw - the former home of Sherlock Holmes’ creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - has secured a bright future at last.
Thanks to the DFN Charitable Foundation, the house will form part of a brand new school, in combination with the existing Stepping Stones school in Hindhead, Surrey. Stepping Stones is an independent special school dedicated to the education of pupils with mild learning and physical difficulties, and with the acquisition of Undershaw the school will become ‘The Schools at Undershaw’. Undershaw will play host to the upper school, while the existing Stepping Stones building will become the junior school.
Undershaw is a Grade II listed building which Sir Arthur Conan Doyle drafted the initial designs for himself, with construction completing in 1897. The property was where the author effectively resurrected Sherlock Holmes from his death at the Falls of the Reichenbach, writing ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ and then the stories collected together as ‘The Return of Sherlock Holmes’. Since 1920 the building has been used as a hotel, but in the past decade fell into disrepair. The Undershaw Preservation Trust, with Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss as patron, was thus set up to safeguard the property from development proposals that included an attempt to partly demolish the building so it could be transformed into residential flats - a decision overturned at the High Court in London in May 2012.
Sherlockology has followed the campaign to save this important building since our creation, and so we extend our warmest congratulations to the team at the Undershaw Preservation Trust for this excellent news that not only safeguards the property but also gives it a bright and productive future in the lives of young people for generations to come.