“Sherlock is one of the best written things I’ll ever do.” - Martin Freeman
SHERLOCK S2E2: THE HOUNDS OF BASKERVILLE TRAILER
Presenting the fifth in our series of exclusive trailers edited by Lee Dawson!
Now we’ve digested our turkey, it’s time to take stock of the annual Doctor Who Christmas Special, once again written by Steven Moffat - and this year featuring a glut of knowing references to the World’s Greatest Detective…
Please note that while this review contains no explicit plot spoilers, there is discussion of characterisation and thematic material.
So the internet has been set aflame these past few weeks with the first glimpse of Benedict Cumberbatch as the mysterious John Harrison in Star Trek Into Darkness. But this is not the first time these two fictional worlds have crossed over with each other. Star Trek and Sherlock Holmes have made several references to the other in their time, and so here we present a guide to some of those intersections, some just passing reference, others explicit pastiche – with a minimum of ‘Of Boldy Going’ jokes.
Feeling festive? If so and you want to add a bit of Sherlock sparkle to your Christmas, we have a free Sherlock Christmas ring tone for you! Head over to our ring tones page and download it now!
It’s the final month of 2012, and so we’re pleased to present the final anagram to solve this year.
As with the previous months, using your skills of deduction you need to arrange the letters into the correct order to solve the Sherlock related anagram to gain access to the wallpaper download.
Again, it isn’t too difficult as we really want you to be able to download the wallpaper, and for those of you whose first language isn’t English, we wanted to make the anagram challenging but not too difficult.
So go test your skills now here:
Sherlockology has grown dramatically since we first began, but we haven’t forgotten how we started out. One of the first campaigns we ran on our website was an Advent Calendar for December 2011, A 221b Christmas, featuring a story told from the points of view of multiple characters as Sherlock rapidly solves a modernised version of The Blue Carbuncle whilst dodging the horrors of the Met Police Christmas party.
Due to popular demand, we’ve created an Advent Calendar for Christmas 2012. Simply visit our website everyday leading up to December 25th and you can read a new entry presented in the style of the excellent Sherlock: The Casebook, following Sherlock and John as they attempt to unravel a new and complex case: Silverstone Blaze.
Along with every new advent casebook page, you’ll also get the chance to enter our daily draw to win a copy of the Sherlock 2013 wall calendar, kindly donated by the lovely folks at Danilo.
But that’s not all!! Be sure to visit and enter every day for your chance to win a money can’t buy prize kindly donated by the wonderful people at BBC Shop which will be revealed on Christmas Day. The more daily draws you enter the more chances you’ll have in the final Christmas Day draw.
Sherlock producer Sue Vertue has confirmed a delay for the start of production on Sherlock Series Three until March 2013, but at present it is not expected to affect any transmission of the new episodes.
Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova
Just received from Cannongate Books, the fascinating sounding Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova, who has previously written articles on Holmes’ mental prowess as part of her weekly Literally Psyched column for Scientific American.
What is it that separates Sherlock Holmes from his long-suffering friend and side-kick Dr John Watson? What makes Holmes such a superior detective, able to piece together clues and solve problems that seem elementary to Watson only in hindsight? And can we - most of us Watsons ourselves - ever harness a bit of Holmes’ extraordinary powers of mind, not to solve crimes, but simply to improve our lives at work and home? The answer is yes, and in “Mastermind”, psychologist Maria Konnikova shows us how.
Using plots and passages from the wonderfully entertaining Holmes stories, she illuminates how Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective embodies an ever-present mindfulness, and how this active mental disposition proves foundational to his success. Beginning with Holmes’ concept of the ‘brain attic’ - a metaphor for the information we choose to store in the mind and how we organise our knowledge, Konnikova unpacks the mental strategies that lead to clearer thinking and deeper insights.
Moving through principles of logic and deduction, creativity and imagination, “Mastermind” puts 21st century neuroscience and psychology in service of understanding Holmes’ methods. With some self-awareness and a little practice, we can all employ these methods to develop better strategies, solve difficult problems and enhance our creative powers. Writing for Holmes fans and casual readers alike, Konnikova has translated what so many of us love about the great detective into a remarkable guide to upgrading the mind.
Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes is launched on January 6 2013, and published on January 17 2013 in the UK.
With one week to go, the project to translate our book, Sherlock’s Home: The Empty House, into five additional languages is doing incredibly well on Kickstarter with over 70 pledges, and has passed 80% of the target. We now just need the final push to get the project organised by MX Publishing over the line.