Watch a fantastic dance mob of Russian Sherlock fans in Saint Petersburg’s Palace Square.
Three years ago today we opened our Twitter account and posted our first status, and thus Sherlockology was born, a few days before filming began on the second series of Sherlock.
From there on we opened our other accounts (including this Tumblr page), built and launched the first version of our website, and waited for Sherlock to return to our screens in early 2012, all while continually being amazed at how much that little social media account had grown even though the series was not airing on television.
Three years later, with two series of Sherlock behind us and more to come in the future, we have to take stock and extend our huge thanks to everyone that has followed and supported us, whether you have been here since the beginning or have only just discovered us.
Thank you ALL for following us.
Mark Gatiss, Patron of the Undershaw Preservation Trust has today issued a statement regarding the recent developments concerning Undershaw:
"I’m absolutely thrilled that Undershaw has been saved by the DFN Foundation. It’s fitting that the home of one of greatest story tellers should become a school. The historic building, where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle brought back Sherlock Holmes from the dead, created the Hound of the Baskervilles and entertained the likes of J.M. Barrie, Bernard Shaw and Bram Stoker will now be a cheerful and welcoming environment for young minds. And possibly writers of the future! I fervently hope that the connection to the great man will be retained but for now let’s just rejoice in the fact that, after years of battle, Undershaw lives!"
Fans should still join the Undershaw Preservation Trust Facebook page as the work to help restore the building will begin soon.
Undershaw Preservation Trust (UPT) members are coming together to celebrate the Saving of Undershaw on Sir Arthur’s 155th Birthday - May 22nd, from 6.30pm on Baker Street for an evening of theatre and literary fun. Raising funds for the UPT and the National Literacy Trust - tickets available here.
After an unfortunate delay, welcome to the fifth month of the year, and it’s time to crack the anagram for May 2014!
As usual Easy or Hard modes are available to unlock and download your desktop calendar.
Both answers relate to the pixelated image above in some way, which is something that has been much requested… You will of course have to use your skills of deduction to arrange the letters into the correct order to solve the Sherlock related anagram to gain access to the wallpaper download.
On this day…
May 6 1889 - The Eiffel Tower is officially opened to the public at the Universal Exposition in Paris.
May 6 1910 - King George V ascends to the British throne.
May 6 1937 - The German zeppelin Hindenberg catches fire and is destroyed within a minute while attempting to dock at Lakehurst, New Jersey.
May 6 1940 - John Steinbeck is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Grapes of Wrath.
May 6 1970 - Yuchiro Miura of Japan skis down Mount Everest.
May 6 1994 – The Channel Tunnel linking England & France officially opens.
Read more events from this day at DatesinHistory.com
On this day…
May 1 1707 - England, Wales & Scotland join together to form the United Kingdom.
May 1 1834 - The British colonies abolish slavery.
May 1 1840 - The Penny Black, the first official adhesive postage stamp, is issued in the United Kingdom.
May 1 1844 - Samuel Morse sends the first telegraphic message.
May 1 1851 - The Great Exhibition is opened in Hyde Park in London by Queen Victoria.
May 1 1912 – The Beverly Hills Hotel opens in Los Angeles.
May 1 1930 - The dwarf planet Pluto is officially named.
May 1 1931 - The Empire State Building opens in New York.
May 1 1939 – The May issue of Detective Comics features the debut of Batman.
May 1 1941 - “Citizen Kane”, directed by & starring Orson Welles, premieres in New York.
May 1 1952 - Mr Potato Head is introduced.
May 1 1960 - Francis Gary Powers, piloting a Lockheed U-2 spyplane, is shot down over the Soviet Union, sparking off a diplomatic crisis.
May 1 1966 - The Beatles perform their final concert in Britain.
May 1 1978 - Naomi Uemura, travelling overland by dog-sled, becomes the first person to reach the North Pole alone.
Read more events from this day at DatesinHistory.com
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.
Birdland is performing at the Royal Court Theatre in London until May 31 2014. For ticket availability, check the Royal Court Theatre website.
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."
Register for the event at www.sherlockworldrecord.com
For special announcements and event news follow @yorkshirebrain, #sherlockrecord
Did you snag a BBC Shop exclusive 'Consulting Detective' Sherlock mug?
There’s now a companion mug up for pre-order - ‘High Functioning Sociopath’ - with a sky blue interior finish to compliment the blood red of the earlier release.