Highlights from CrimeFest: Creating Sherlock
On Saturday June 1 2013, a special event was held in Bristol during CrimeFest, the International Crime Fiction Convention. Named ‘Creating Sherlock’, an early afternoon panel saw Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and Sue Vertue discuss the inception of the series and the status of production on the third, which is currently on a brief production hiatus until later in the summer. As Steven Moffat noted, in typically amusing fashion while acknowledging the protracted development of the new series around other projects, “We’ve just sort of stopped for a bit while Martin [Freeman] pops back to New Zealand for a bit to film more of The Hobbit. We’re actually going to resume shooting Sherlock next Christmas.” While Mark Gatiss jokingly concluded, “This is an exclusive, as it’s actually going to be nine films.”
By the nature of the event, there was of course a fair amount of repetition in what the panel were able to speak about - in particular, the creation of the series - which we have previously reported on in our coverage of The Sherlock Masterclass at MGEITF 2012 and The Game Is On: An Afternoon with Mark Gatiss and Friends. So instead, here we present a full selection of the best banter and observation from the creative team.
Sherlock in London: A Message from Sue Vertue
Filming on Sherlock Series Three is about to enter an important stage.
Sue Vertue, producer on the series, has sent us the following statement:
Hi, Sue Vertue here.
As many of you are aware, we’ll soon be embarking on our first London leg of filming for series 3. I’m also aware that there is quite a lot of speculation about where we’re shooting when. I can’t stress how much we the Producers and Benedict, Martin and the rest of the cast appreciate your love and dedication to our show - we’ll endeavour to live up to your expectations for Series 3.
What I am nervous about is that our London shooting schedule is punishing and will really give us very little time to interact with you. The actors really hope you understand that.
Also, and I know this is probably asking a lot, the majority of fans and indeed ourselves would REALLY appreciate it if you didn’t post pictures or spoilers or ideally our daily locations.
Thanks for your understanding. Sue x
We’ve just heard from Sue Vertue that to mark the start of Sherlock filming tomorrow, we MIGHT find out the title of S3E1… So stay tuned!
Meet the directors of Sherlock Series 3
Following yesterday’s news piece by Deadline, we’ve independently verified with Sherlock producer Sue Vertue that Jeremy Lovering is attached to the third series, and will be behind the camera when the first episode begins filming on Monday March 18 2013. Jeremy and Colm McCarthy are at present the only confirmed directors on Sherlock Series three. The third has yet to be announced.
Read on below the break for profiles of both new members of the Sherlock production team.
The Sherlockology Review of 2012
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.
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.
Highlights and hilarity from The Game is On: An Afternoon with Mark Gatiss and Friends
Out of all venues for an event dedicated to the discussion of an interpretation of Sherlock Holmes, there could be none better than the Criterion Theatre, located on one of London’s most famous junctions - Piccadilly Circus - and next to the Criterion Bar, famous as the place where Doctor John Watson first heard the name ‘Sherlock Holmes’ spoken aloud by Stamford in A Study in Scarlet.
The Game is On: An Afternoon with Mark Gatiss and friends was held in support of London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard. Since the event was recorded by LLGS, this isn’t a full transcript of what occurred, but rather a collection of many of its highlights that relate most directly to Sherlock. All told, The Game is On was a raucous and hilarious time, with anecdotes coming thick and fast throughout its duration to an almost bewildering, and extremely face aching degree.
POSTER SALES at THE GAME IS ON: AN AFTERNOON WITH MARK GATISS AND FRIENDS
We’ve been in contact again with London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard to find out more about the sales process of the Signed Posters during The Game is On at the Criterion Theatre on Sunday November 11 2012, and here’s what they’ve told us:
- There aren’t a confirmed number of posters that will be available for sale, but we’re assured there will be a ‘reasonable’ amount.
- Sales of the posters will take place in the main bar of the Criterion Theatre, so they will not be available for purchase by non ticket holders.
- Sales will take place during the interval and after the talk, not before to discourage early queuing.
In a further addition, it’s been confirmed that Photography by patrons is prohibited, but a photographer has been booked for the event so good quality photographs will be available for all to see soon afterwards.
We’ve collected all other updates for The Game is On: An Afternoon with Mark Gatiss and Friends on our website.
NEW INFORMATION FOR THE GAME IS ON: AN AFTERNOON WITH MARK GATISS AND FRIENDS
We’ve received further event information for this Sunday’s Sherlock related extravaganza, in support of the London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard, featuring Mark Gatiss, Martin Freeman, Rupert Graves, Louise Brealey, Una Stubbs, Steven Moffat, and Sue Vertue. Although previously billed, Andrew Scott is now no longer able to attend due to filming commitments.
- You have until 17:30GMT on Friday 9 November 2012 to submit questions for participants to email@example.com.
- The event will run from 15:00GMT to around 17:15GMT, with a 15 minute interval.
- A small number of additional tickets will be released later this week. @gayswitchboard will advise fans when they are available.
- An audio recording of the event will be made so that any Sherlock fans who are unable to attend can enjoy it too.
- As guests will have a limited amount of time there will not be opportunity for a signing, however a number of pre-signed posters will be sold on the day.