Sherlock has tonight taken away three awards from the first ever PAAFTJ Television Awards:
BEST MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE *“Sherlock” Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat, Beryl Vertue, Sue Vertue, Rebecca Eaton, Bethan Jones, Charlotte Ashby, Producers (BBC)
BEST WRITING FOR A MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE *“Sherlock” Steven Moffat & Steve Thompson & Mark Gatiss
BEST CAST IN A MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE *“Sherlock” Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves, Loo Brealey, Mark Gatiss, Andrew Scott, Vinette Robinson, Jonathan Aris, Lara Pulver, Russell Tovey; casting by Kate Rhodes James
Earlier this afternoon Sherlock won Best TV Drama at the South Bank Show Sky Arts Awards in London. Pictured are Beryl Vertue, Andrew Scott, Mark Gatiss and Elaine Cameron collecting the award on behalf of cast and crew.
Rather than focus on individual cast or crew roles in a production, the Awards reward overall excellence. The award is thus a reflection of everyone involved in the entire series.
The South Bank Show is one of the most prestigious television programmes dedicated to the arts in the UK. Its remit is to focus on the best of high art and popular culture in the world. Previously on ITV, the show has been resurrected by Sky Arts in 2012.
The awards were presented by Melvyn Bragg, and will broadcast in the UK this evening on Sky Arts 1 at 21:00BST.
THIS IS ONE REPEAT PERFORMANCE WE DON’T WANT TO SEE!
Last year Sherlock fans around the world watched in utter disbelief, as The Only Way is Essex beat Sherlock to the YouTube Audience Award at the Baftas 2011. Martin Freeman’s expression said it all and was shared with so many of us at home, when it was revealed that after all their hard work on quite frankly an astounding first series, the public had responded by voting for ITV2’s reality drama as their favourite programme of 2010!
This year Sherlock has once again made the shortlist for the YouTube Audience Award at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards 2012, and THIS YEAR we want to show the people behind this incredible series how much enjoyed every minute of the incredible second series they gave to us.
The Audience Award is a public vote, which is meant to reward programmes that have “captured audiences imaginations”, and if that doesn’t describe Sherlock exactly, we don’t know what does. The fans proved the power of their vote when they worked together to see Benedict Cumberbatch be ranked in 7th place in the popular vote for the 2012 TIME 100 Poll with almost 92,000 votes in his favour, a truly remarkable number, so the game is on to do it again for Sherlock at the 2012 BAFTAs.
You can only vote once per computer or mobile device - but that means your votes are only limited by the number of devices you own, and every vote you place from a single separate device will be counted, be it computer, tablet or smartphone.
BAFTA have only allowed votes from UK residents.
Please spread the word by reblogging this or using the hashtag #VoteSherlock4Bafta on Twitter and Tumblr when you share the link where to vote. Let’s work together on this one and get the result this incredible team deserves after all their hard work, and send the message to them by doing so, that we love what they do!
Sherlock producer Hartswood Films is to make a BBC1 family sitcom about the complex life of a single mother.
Hartswood and Serena Cullen Productions are to make a 6 x 30-minute series of Me & Mrs Jones following a successful pilot.
It will follow Mrs Jones, played by Sarah Alexander, as she juggles the demands of her ex-husband, the prospect of love at the school gates with a single father, and the advances of her teenage son’s lustful friend.
The three male leads will be played by Men Behaving Badly star Neil Morrissey, Merlin’s Nathaniel Parker and Misfits’ Robert Sheehan respectively.
Me & Mrs Jones was created and penned by Green Wing writers Oriane Messina and Fay Rusling, and will be produced by former Sony Pictures Television International executive Serena Cullen, who set up her indie in 2009 and took the script to Hartswood.
Executive producer Beryl Vertue told Broadcast the series would be “warm” rather than offering “brittle humour”. “I hope it will please all the family – it’s not a post-watershed show,” she said.
It is Hartswood’s first comedy since BBC2’s six-part football comedy The Cup in 2008, which averaged an audience of 1.32 million (6.09%).
The production company also made Coupling (featuring Alexander) for BBC2 last decade and Men Behaving Badly in the 1990s.
The return to comedy following the success of Sherlock was not a strategic move, Vertue said, but a decision based on the quality of the script. “It was a great idea,” she added.
Me & Mrs Jones was ordered by BBC1 controller Danny Cohen and Cheryl Taylor, controller of drama commissioning. It will go into production at Teddington Studios late next month.
After quite a wait, we’re extremely excited to announce that sherlockology.com is now relaunched with a brand new, streamlined look and heightened functionality, as well as featuring well over double the content of the old site.
Many congratulations to Hartswood Films founder and chairman Beryl Vertue who was presented with the Harvey Lee award for outstanding contribution to broadcasting at The Broadcasting Press Guild Awards.
She was recognised for selling UK comedy formats to the US and working as an independent producer on shows such as Men Behaving Badly, Coupling and Sherlock.
The Broadcasting Press Guild Awards are being handed out at London’s Theatre Royal and were voted for by media journalists.