Open House London 2013 – see the Sherlock Locations you rarely can

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Late notice we know, but this weekend (September 21 and 22) sees hundreds of iconic buildings across London throw open their doors to the public. Among them are a number of buildings that have memorably appeared onscreen in Sherlock, and we’ve selected the three best choices below.

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For sale: Irene Adler’s residence

Got a spare £3.25m ($5m) laying around?

Then you could move into a 2 bedroom ground floor flat at 44 Eaton Square, the building used to portray the exterior of Irene Adler’s residence in Sherlock S2E1: A Scandal in Belgravia!

Read more about the property listing on zoopla.co.uk.

Read more about how the building was used onscreen in Sherlock in the Locations Guide on Sherlockology.com.

[Thanks to @sleepshead

Sherlock nominated at the RTS Programme Awards 2012
Sherlock has received two nominations from The Royal Television Society this morning. The nominated productions are formed from UK programming shown during 2012.

Sherlock’s two nomination categories, and the other contenders in them, are:
Drama Series Call the Midwife - Neal Street Productions for BBC One Line of Duty - World Productions for BBC Two Sherlock - Hartswood Films for BBC Wales in co-production with Masterpiece for BBC One
Writer - Drama Robert Jones - Murder - Touchpaper TV for BBC Two Jed Mercurio - Line of Duty - World Productions for BBC Two Steven Moffat - Sherlock - Hartswood Films for BBC Wales in co-production with Masterpiece for BBC One
Read more on the nominations on our website.

Sherlock nominated at the RTS Programme Awards 2012

Sherlock has received two nominations from The Royal Television Society this morning. The nominated productions are formed from UK programming shown during 2012.

Sherlock’s two nomination categories, and the other contenders in them, are:

Drama Series
Call the Midwife - Neal Street Productions for BBC One
Line of Duty - World Productions for BBC Two
Sherlock - Hartswood Films for BBC Wales in co-production with Masterpiece for BBC One

Writer - Drama
Robert Jones - Murder - Touchpaper TV for BBC Two
Jed Mercurio - Line of Duty - World Productions for BBC Two
Steven Moffat - Sherlock - Hartswood Films for BBC Wales in co-production with Masterpiece for BBC One

Read more on the nominations on our website.
The Sherlockology Review of 2012

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And so ends 2012, a packed year for BBC Sherlock and for Sherlockology itself. It’s the close of our first full year of running the website and all the connected social accounts, and ‘full’ is certainly the right word when looking back on the past twelve months.

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bizarre-sugar:

#HQ - Specsavers Crime thriller Awards 2012 held at the Grovsenor Hotel, Park Lane. London - 18.10.12 

Sherlock at tonight’s 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards

Today, Sunday September 23 2012, sees the reveal of the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards.

After being nominated in a total of thirteen categories, Sherlock sadly didn’t take away any awards from eight eligible nominations last Saturday at the Craft Awards, but remains nominated in five categories at tonight’s ceremony.

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Would you happen to know of any resources for playing the violin?

Although most of the team do play instruments themselves, none are professional musicians, so this is not really our area of expertise, but one of the team has in fact played the violin from an early age, so we can offer a little advise on the subject.

Learning any instrument is obviously a long process that requires lots of dedication with many hours of practice, and that is especially true when it comes to learning the violin, which takes several years of studying before making a sound you’d be proud of from it. Although what you hear in ‘A Scandal in Belgravia’ and ‘The Reichenbach Fall’ is not Benedict playing the violin but Eos Chater who taught him, he did exceptionally well to learn the basics and how to master tunes such as ‘God Save the Queen’ and ‘Auld Lang Syne’ among others. Michael Price did confirm to us on Friday at MGEITF however, that he did not play ‘Irene’s Theme’ or recite Bach’s ‘Sonata No. 1 in G Minor’ as they were just too advanced for a beginner, even one who picked it up as quickly as Benedict. He clearly mastered the technique of vibrato (well for first finger anyway), which is quite advanced and that would normally only be expected of a violin student to achieve from Grade 5 and higher. In fact Russell Crowe learnt to play the violin for his role in ‘Master and Commander’ and referred to it as "the hardest thing [he’d] ever done for a film!"

Just like Benedict, the best way to learn is for a person to receive tuition from a teacher, especially for instruments such as the violin, but lessons can be costly and to progress you will need them regularly. If you were on a budget however and wanted to play folk fiddle for example (instead of classical violin like Sherlock), much can be learned from folk sessions where an enthusiastic group of musicians would be happy to give tips and pointers. You would have to be pretty brave to walk into a folk session as a beginner not able to play anything at all, but if the person had a couple of folk tunes up their sleeve, a big friendly smile and genuine interest, it might well be enough.

We would certainly recommend exploring this option if lessons were not financially possible. Sessions normally happen in pubs and many towns have regular ones that are advertised in local papers, music shops or online. This obviously applies to the UK and Ireland, but other countries may vary, depending on how popular folk music is.

YouTube has many videos on how to play the violin, from the very basics of how to hold your instrument and bow, all the way to advanced techniques. As for ‘teach yourself violin’ books alone however, we would personally steer clear of this route as it could do more harm than good. Practice is essential after all, but not if you are practicing how to do it incorrectly over and over again. There are many of these types of books available though on Amazon, which come with CDs to play along to, but if you have no other choice than to go down this route, then we would recommend you visit your local music shop and ask advise from them for the best one to go for. Violins themselves can be purchased fairly cheaply, but again visit a music shop rather than buy online, so you can make sure you choose a violin that you are comfortable with and is suited to you as well as your budget.

Hope this helps a little and if you do choose to begin learning the violin, we would like to wish you the best of luck. It is a really beautiful instrument and if it’s good enough for Sherlock Holmes, then there can be no better recommendation than his!

N.B. If anyone who plays the violin is reading this and has some good tips to share, please do contact us and we’ll include them.

UPDATE: ‘I happened to know a website that allows beginners, as well as experts, to improve and learn violin skills. The website is called fiddlerman.com. It’s easy, free and has been very useful to me.’ - label22.tumblr.com

Sherlock - Behind the Scenes: Vatican Cameos, Alan Rickman, and the Phantom Camera

It’s one of the most memorable moments in A Scandal in Belgravia. On realising the safe in Irene’s flat is booby trapped, Sherlock yells out a ‘safe word’ that he and John have decided on as an alert to take immediate evasive action: the canon-referencing “Vatican Cameos!” The scene then decends into a slow motion ballet as our heroes disarm the nefarious CIA agents. But how was this stunning imagery captured?

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We’ve just added the fourth of our Sherlock Episode Trailer videos to our site - A Scandal In Belgravia.

A huge thank you to the VERY talented Lee Dawson for working with us on this project. You can check out more of Lee’s work here.

Is there anywhere that has all the photos from the scandal in belgravia photoshoot posted together?

When you say "A Scandal in Belgravia photoshoot", do you mean the official images? If so, we’re afraid to say we know of no official online gallery that contains ALL the previously released shots.

Unfortunately only a limited number of the on set and promotional imagery has been released online and in print, as there were literally hundreds taken during series 2. Sadly however, most will never be released.

Sherlockology will be adding a number of galleries to our site soon including the full collection of released images for series 1 and 2, and also a number of previously unseen official promotional and behind the scenes shots from both series. We’ll announce across our social media platforms (Twitter, FaceBook, Tumblr and Instagram) when these additional sections of the site have been added.

In the meantime, we have quite an extensive collection of photographs we took from series 2 during the making of A Scandle in Belgravia and The Reichenbach Fall on FaceBook.