The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media; recognizing the people and organizations producing real-time short content across Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Foursquare and the rest of the social web. The awards are initially voted for by a public vote using Twitter, with the six highest ranked nominees going through to become the finalists in their category. Those final six are then put before a panel of expert judges, and the final winner is then chosen.
It’s time for the 6th Annual Shorty Awards and we are again calling upon the people who really matter, you; the Sherlock fans. Last year we prove to the world yet again that the fans of this series are the most dedicated of fandoms out there by winning the Shorty Award for Fansite for a second year running. Can we make our very own Sign of Three and do it again for a third?
Obviously we can’t do it without you! Please support Sherlockology by voting for us. Entry is easy, you can either tweet: I nominate @Sherlockology for a Shorty Award in #fansite because… (and give your reason) or visit the Sherlockology Shorty Award page where you can see our video from last year, read our Shorty Interview and read the lovely messages from other supporters.

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media; recognizing the people and organizations producing real-time short content across Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Foursquare and the rest of the social web. The awards are initially voted for by a public vote using Twitter, with the six highest ranked nominees going through to become the finalists in their category. Those final six are then put before a panel of expert judges, and the final winner is then chosen.

It’s time for the 6th Annual Shorty Awards and we are again calling upon the people who really matter, you; the Sherlock fans. Last year we prove to the world yet again that the fans of this series are the most dedicated of fandoms out there by winning the Shorty Award for Fansite for a second year running. Can we make our very own Sign of Three and do it again for a third?

Obviously we can’t do it without you! Please support Sherlockology by voting for us. Entry is easy, you can either tweet: I nominate @Sherlockology for a Shorty Award in #fansite because… (and give your reason) or visit the Sherlockology Shorty Award page where you can see our video from last year, read our Shorty Interview and read the lovely messages from other supporters.

Presenting Sherlockology on Set: A Visit to 221B, our final Sherlock S3 behind the scenes piece chronicling our trip to Cardiff last year, where Arwel Wyn Jones gave us an indepth tour around the sets. This article is laden with pictures of things you might have never seen inside 221B, but also SPOILERS for all episodes in Sherlock S3. 
Head to our site to read the article.

Presenting Sherlockology on Set: A Visit to 221B, our final Sherlock S3 behind the scenes piece chronicling our trip to Cardiff last year, where Arwel Wyn Jones gave us an indepth tour around the sets.

This article is laden with pictures of things you might have never seen inside 221B, but also SPOILERS for all episodes in Sherlock S3.

Head to our site to read the article.

Sherlock: The Network

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.

New Metro Blog: His Last Vow - Magnussen and other dark twists

Here’s our latest blog for Metro UK, our further, deeper, SPOILER-FILLED reaction to Sherlock S3E3 His Last Vow.

Head to the Metro UK website to read the blog.

Sherlock S3E3 His Last Vow - the ratings are in!

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!”

Timeshift: How to be Sherlock Holmes - Review

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.

Australia! Some of your much requested airdates for Sherlock S3 are now included in our worldwide airdate guide, available on the link! We’re waiting for final word on other regions in the country.

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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.

After an unfortunate delay to launch thanks to technical issues over the Christmas break, we’re delighted to bring the monthly anagram Sherlock wallpapers back!

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, but this time we’re looking forwards… 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.
Head over to our website to begin.Good luck and we hope you have fun unlocking this month’s wallpapers.

After an unfortunate delay to launch thanks to technical issues over the Christmas break, we’re delighted to bring the monthly anagram Sherlock wallpapers back!

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, but this time we’re looking forwards… 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.

Head over to our website to begin.

Good luck and we hope you have fun unlocking this month’s wallpapers.

Presenting ‘Sherlockology on Set: A Day on Location In Cardiff’, our second behind the scenes look at The Empty Hearse, this time on a closed set visit during filming with Benedict Cumberbatch and Louise Brealey!
Please note, as with our last set report, this article contains some spoilers for Sherlock S3E1 The Empty Hearse.
Head to our website to read the article.

Presenting ‘Sherlockology on Set: A Day on Location In Cardiff’, our second behind the scenes look at The Empty Hearse, this time on a closed set visit during filming with Benedict Cumberbatch and Louise Brealey!

Please note, as with our last set report, this article contains some spoilers for Sherlock S3E1 The Empty Hearse.

Head to our website to read the article.

Sherlock S3E3 His Last Vow – Advance Spoiler-free Review

After so long a wait, we’re already here.

Following the unique preceding episodes, Sherlock takes another distinct tonal turn with the finale of Series Three. This time, we’re heading into far more mature territory in terms of the characterization and plotting, Steven Moffat’s script taking the viewer on a relentless rollercoaster of emotion and jaw dropping, unexpected twists. 

Make no mistake, this is arguably the darkest episode in the series’ history, going to places it has never trodden before. It is emotionally devastating in ways completely different from The Reichenbach Fall, while retaining a vein of tight, fierce humour that relies explicitly upon character based incident and wordplay that is also markedly different from the comedy that appears in The Sign of Three, for example.

Paramount to the harder edge that defines His Last Vow is Charles Augustus Magnussen, magnificently played by Lars Mikklesen. Magnussen is a repellent, icy foe, a man so assured of his personal power over others it gives him the justification to behave how he likes. Completely different from Andrew Scott’s volatile yet insanely endearing Jim Moriarty, this is a luridly predatory, genuinely skin crawling and frightening villain, someone who can stand toe to toe with Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes and yet, shockingly, dominate the room.

Without any specifics, the deployment of this striking new antagonist induces a case - from the very start of the episode - that causes the leading characters to be placed into situations that we have never seen them. Some we have potentially been anticipating for a long time, others come out of nowhere. This is not what some have cited as the ‘fan service’ that has appeared in The Empty Hearse and The Sign of Three, more a logical follow-through from previously established events and a fulfillment of some possibly long held suspicions that coalesce into some dramatic final closing scenes.  

That said, His Last Vow continues the trend of this third run of episodes in defying the expectations of an audience, a grand adventure that raises the series to striking new heights. Steven Moffat’s script is magnificently Canon-laden, reverential asides and cunning deviations running throughout in full effect, and it also features plenty of further expansion and development. As some of the events in The Sign of Three may have signposted, these are now very much Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ versions of these beloved characters, true yet not slavish to the originals written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and the character based aspects of the narrative here flow from developments that we have already seen.

Visually, this is another stunning episode, the use of location in particular giving it a scale that eclipses the previous two installments. Nick Hurran has been handed a gift of a screenplay and certainly doesn’t squander it, turning established rules on their head at times and extrapolating others to new places. The Art of Deduction, in particular, undergoes a striking and extended renovation within the visual context of one showpiece, uniquely dramatic sequence. David Arnold and Michael Price’s score somehow keeps getting larger and more expansive. It’s impossible to wonder how much higher and - dare we say it - operatic the pair could take the themes they have developed across the three series of Sherlock from here, but by now familiarity with the motifs they have created is not a problem but an utter boon, not reliance but distinctive calling cards that heighten the emotional response to what you are seeing.

Yes, as we’ve already said, His Lost Vow is an emotional experience. To say anymore of the how’s and why’s that that is the case would be churlish and wrong. Like The Empty Hearse, this is an experience that should be Experienced, unsullied with prior knowledge or spoilers of what is coming. Though there is one thing we will say, to ensure your viewing of this barnstorming finale to the third series of Sherlock is complete.

When the end credits start, do not turn off your television or change the channel. Watch to the very close.

And that is the only Clue we will give you.