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On this day…

February 28, 1922 - The United Kingdom accepts the independence of Egypt.

February 28, 1953 - James D. Watson and Francis Crick announce to friends that they have determined the chemical structure of DNA.

February 28, 1954 - The US performs an atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island.

February 28, 1966 - The Cavern Club – famous as an early gig venue for The Beatles - closes in Liverpool.

February 28, 1983 - The final episode of M*A*S*H is broadcast in the USA, becoming the most watched television episode in history, with 125 million viewers in the U.S.

February 28, 1991 - The First Gulf War ends.

Read more events from this day at DatesinHistory.com.
BBC Worldwide hosts special publicity tour in Brazil with Mark Gatiss

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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.

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Get 10% off Sherlock, DVDs, T-shirts, mug & much more!
Our lovely friends at BBC Shop have given us a code to get 10% off Sherlock related items! All you need to do is visit the site place your order and then enter the code SHERLOCKED under ‘redeem a promotion’ code at checkout.
The offer ends 23.59GMT Friday 28th February 2014 so be quick!

Terms & Conditions
Discount code SHERLOCKED entitles you to 10% off your order at BBC Shop. Offer is not valid with any other promotional discount. BBC Shop reserves the right to change, amend or discontinue the offer at any time. No cash alternative. Products are available while stocks last. Free delivery to UK only. Offer ends 11.59pm Friday 28 February 2014. Standard BBC Shop Terms & Conditions apply. Promoter: BBC Worldwide Ltd. Contact (UK) 0844 846 1417 (charged at National rate) with any queries. See website for full Terms & Conditions.

Get 10% off Sherlock, DVDs, T-shirts, mug & much more!

Our lovely friends at BBC Shop have given us a code to get 10% off Sherlock related items! All you need to do is visit the site place your order and then enter the code SHERLOCKED under ‘redeem a promotion’ code at checkout.

The offer ends 23.59GMT Friday 28th February 2014 so be quick!

Terms & Conditions

Discount code SHERLOCKED entitles you to 10% off your order at BBC Shop. Offer is not valid with any other promotional discount. BBC Shop reserves the right to change, amend or discontinue the offer at any time. No cash alternative. Products are available while stocks last. Free delivery to UK only. Offer ends 11.59pm Friday 28 February 2014. Standard BBC Shop Terms & Conditions apply. Promoter: BBC Worldwide Ltd. Contact (UK) 0844 846 1417 (charged at National rate) with any queries. See website for full Terms & Conditions.

The Puppets from Glove And Boots focus on a subject close to Sherlock’s heart, grammar mistakes, in their latest video with a BBC Sherlock fan forum and Benedict Cumberbatch even getting a mention!

Two more official Sherlock posters from GB Posters!

Sherlock and John walking wall poster

Sherlock solo door poster

UPDATE: Use the code SHERLOCK at checkout to claim 10% off the poster price!

Here’s something that has been much requested - an official Sherlock wall poster from GB Posters!

Here’s something that has been much requested - an official Sherlock wall poster from GB Posters!

Further to our Honeybourne Jewellery 221B door pendant post in January, the designer, Sophie Honeybourne, tells us she was, “hit by a tidal wave of Sherlock fans” interested in where they can get their very own miniature Sherlock door.

Sophie has been hard at work designing cast versions of the hand made doors we featured, and was delighted to see Sherlock series producer Sue Vertue wearing her piece at various Sherlock events recently.

After creating the new, un-finished, un-oxidsied piece in solid silver ready to be cast, Honeybourne Jewellery promises, “not long now” as they were sent to the casters last week. These cast versions will still include Sophie’s meticulous attention to detail and exceptional quality, but be considerably easier on the wallet than the original one offs.

We’ll keep you up to date as to when they will be available to order on Sherlockabilia.com, and also be sure to keep an eye on the Honeybourne Jewellery Facebook page for the latest news on them, not to mention even more exciting Sherlock inspired pieces Sophie has in the pipeline.

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. 

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