A MESSAGE FROM MASSIVE EVENTS ABOUT SHERLOCKED: THE OFFICIAL SHERLOCK CONVENTION
As fans ourselves we totally understand the frustration some of you are having on here! I want everyone to know we are still working very hard on a date that works for as many of the main cast of the show to attend as possible! This has been one of the hardest tasks we have ever had to deal with and we now understand how difficult it must be to film the actual tv show as so many of the main cast are incredibly busy and popular! We just wanted to let you all know that we really do care and we want to deliver the most incredible event we can and that is why things are taking a bit more time that we originally anticipated.
Having said all that, we do appear to be getting somewhere with guest availability now and so hopefully things should start to move forward soon! I also accept that communication is very important and that has not been the best so far. There are always going to be things that I can’t discuss in public, for a whole host of reasons. However, starting today with this post I will come on here and give you all a weekly update every Thursday with how things are going! It may be that I’m on here more if something exciting happens, but at a minimum you can expect to hear from me on a Thursday with some information as to what’s been going on! I will also endeavour to answer any questions I can!
Again, thank you SO much for your patience and support. Going forwards I will ensure that communication is kept up and even more importantly, I hope to have some concrete news on the event in the not too distant future.
PLEASE NOTE: We have since amended this post as Ian Hallard has clarified on Twitter that the Facebook message from “Mark” is in fact NOT Mark Gatiss! Muddled information in all the excitement we’re afraid. It happens, but we apologize for any confusion it may have caused.
Looky what we found? A Free Sherlock inspired typeface!
SpideRays Fonts have paid homage to Sherlock by releasing a free downloadable typeface, with not only the logo style letters, but the 221B style door numbers, Sherlock themed icons and even silhouettes too!
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.