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Sherlock, It’s a Date! See You 19 January, 2014!

Benedict Cumberbatch as BBC Sherlock in black coat for series 3

Where the hell is that bloody cable installer? I’ve got to hook it up to the hard drive and test the video feed before John gets back.

YES! Houston, we have liftoff!

According to Entertainment Weekly (and other sources), the U.S. air date is 19 January, 2014 (we pause while the cheering dies down) and that means the UK air date will be sooner (BBC has the first rights to airing), so I’m sticking with my 1 January prediction, but can’t confirm.

More later. But the big question at my house, where we don’t have TV reception and use the internet for most telly viewing, is WHEN do we get cable TV, for how long, and do we break down and by a big, honking widescreen TV or figure out how to hook it up to the iMac?

Interesting Sherlock Holmes Research Claims Norfolk Is Where It All Started

A lovely piece from the BBC about research done in the 1980’s by the Sherlock Holmes Society of London investigates the real-life source for the setting for The Gloria Scott, the only story that gives us any information about Sherlock Holmes obviously lonely youth and former best friend. The article has a nice sidebar summary of the connections between Sherlock Holmes and Norfolk. (I am now adding Norfolk to my British Invasion 2014 List. How I’ll manage to see everything on the list I don’t know. Win the lottery?)

 

Even Mycroft and Sherlock Can’t Solve This One

Benedict Cumberbatch in black hoodie and sunglasses holds a sign in front of his face

I get the message, Mr. Cumberbatch.

 

Okay, I’m trying to be very good and not take the sign and create a new font based on Benedict Cumberbatch’s handwriting (hey, there’s a font designer who’s done several prominent artists including Cezanne and Michelangelo). (Yes, I’m letter-geeking on the super-extended downstrokes of the g, y & p).

For those who do want to see some shots of the actors on location (but without any spoilers), check out the gallery at Wales Online. (And it’s here I note that Benedict Cumberbatch’s dressing gown is almost exactly like mine and Mr. Martin Freeman is looking very thin (almost gaunt). Perhaps Mycroft has been sharing his dieting tips; although why Mr. Freeman would be dieting I have no idea. He does, however, look beautifully relaxed and as if he’s enjoying himself. )

Right. Back to work.

 

BBC Sherlock Season 3 Trailer With Bad Pun

BBC One has released a new Sherlock Season 3 Teaser trailer and it’s lovely (I especially like the pained and anxious look on Sherlock’s face after we see John in the restaurant. Personally, I think it’s the mustache. Really, I’m certain it’s the mustache. I certainly found it painful as I had 70’s flashbacks…)

I mustache you to forgive me, but I was about to make my own commentary regarding the John’s appearance when the YouTube comment copied below beat me to it.

Bad puns that make snarky comments about John Watson's mustache in BBC Sherlock Season 3

I really feel John’s been punished enough without Gatiss inflicting the mustache on him (and us), but judging by the look on Sherlock’s face, we aren’t the only ones to suffer in this episode…

And, of course, BBC releases the trailer while I’m traveling through the wilds of British Columbia and don’t have internet for two days…

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Sherlock Season 3 Update Notice

CIA Agent in BBc Sherlock A Scandal in Belgravia with mouth taped shut

When Sherlock says he doesn’t want spoilers, he means it! If you feel the same way, don’t read Sherlock Season 3 Spoilers, Sweetie or Guides and Guesses.

Just a quick note to let everyone know that I’ve updated the Sherlock Season 3 Spoilers and Guides and Guesses posts with the information gleaned from the San Diego Comic Con panel and the BBC title teaser. Remember, don’t read if you don’t want any speculations or spoilers of any kind.

Latest update is Sherlock Series 3, Episode 3 villain announcement by Sue Vertue and what it might mean in terms of plot.

But What Did Sherlock Plan for the Bachelor Party?

SPOILER ALERT: The following contains information and links that reveal confirmed information about Sherlock Season 3 content. Please Stop Reading Now if you do not wish to know anything in advance of the actual airing of the Sherlock Series 3 in your area.

Okay, you can’t say you haven’t been warned.

Martin Freeman as John Watson looking at Benedict Cumberbatch as BBC Sherlock Holmes wrapped in just a sheet

So, Sherlock, that’s what you’re planning to wear to the wedding, is it?


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Benedict Cumberbatch Gave His Sherlock Fans the Birthday Present

Benedict Cumberbatch as BBC Sherlock Holmes peering closely at a corpse

Are you absolutely certain this is a Birthday cake? I think I should test it first. John, eat a slice.

Just in case you missed the previous post, Team Sherlock released a video gift at the San Diego Comic Con with a lovely Martin Freeman and charmingly manic Benedict Cumberbatch just in time for Mr. Cumberbatch’s birthday — which just happens to be today.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Benedict Cumberbatch!

May all your birthday wishes come true.

Ta for now.

Benedict Cumberbatch Reveals Sherlock Season 3 Secret at Comic-Con

Yeah. Like That’s going to happen. but Team sherlock did release a video of Martin Freeman in Bilbo regalia (and nearly getting blown away in the New Zealand wind) stating that as soon as he finished his filming in New Zealand, he was heading back to London to film Sherlock Season 3 Episode 3, and that meanwhile fans should pummel Team Sherlock (aka Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat aka Moftiss) with rude, pushy questions and rip their clothes off. Meanwhile, Benedict Cumberbatch had fun pretending to be confused as to his purpose and then making a lot of gesticulations and faces explaining how Sherlock survived the Reichenbach Fall (no, really, you have to watch it). The really good news is that Benedict cumberbatch comfirmed that they are back in the UK at the end of July to begin filming Episode 3 of Sherlock. Hurrah! (And London prepare for the fan attack. It’s not really a riot.)

Laterz!

Sherlock Is Lost in Space

 

Benedict Cumberbatch as BBC Sherlock reading a  sheet of paper

I bet John’s going to blame me for this. I didn’t think they’d take it as a challenge.

For those of you who saw Benedict Cumberbatch on BBC’s Top Gear (or caught the clip on YouTube before it was pulled), you know he was:

  • Adorable (It’s like watching the human version of Labrador puppy; just so much good-natured enthusiasm )
  • Charming
  • Genuine
  • Fun

He also had a bit of fun at Mycroft’s expense with the stupid question about how Sherlock survived the fall in Season 2, Episode 3, The Reichenbach Fall. There’s a nice bit of summation — with wonderful screencap photos and gifs — here on Buzzfeed. There’s also a lovely promotional teaser on the TopGear.com site here. I nearly wet myself laughing when Mr. Cumberbatch channeled Obi-wan Kenobi saying “Use the track, Benedict.”

But part way through Benedict Cumberbatch did a riff on fan fiction — slash aka Johnlock in particular — which included what I’m certain he thought was an impossible scenario.

Benedict Cumberbatch on BBC TopGear ribbing Sherlock fanfiction

Benedict Cumberbatch underestimates the ability of fan writers to meet his challenge.

Actually, I believe the line was:

“Now there’ll be a load of fan fiction of  John Watson, handcuffs, floating in space.”  

Unbeknownst to Mr. Cumberbatch, I love a challenge… so below is a bit of flash fanfic (and please note, Mr. Cumberbatch, it is not slash aka Johnlock. We aren’t all prurient, but we are  creative).

[Oh, and I should point out that I managed to work in Clue #2 for Sherlock Season 3 — Rat — into the story so I’m counting it as part of that challenge as well.]

Sherlock Is Lost in Space

by J.H. Watson

(~ 700 words)

His instincts were screaming “Danger! Danger, John Watson!” and he turned towards a movement in the shadows just before nothing.

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John opened his eyes to find himself blind, all was black. He stifled a moment of panic and called out, “Sherlock!”

John Watson was relieved by a slightly muffled reply of “Don’t shout.” He tried to move, but he struck something within a fraction of inch. “Ow! John, don’t move,” Sherlock ordered.

“I’m cramping.”

“At least you’re short. I’m folded up like an origami crane.”

John chose to ignore the short remark, letting it feed the slow burn he was building until it could safely boil over. He tried to flex in place as he asked, “Where are we?” Before he got an answer, he added in a tight voice, “It felt like something just crawled over my arm.”

“Probably a mouse.”

“A mouse?”

“Or a rat. Could be a rat. I didn’t get to check all of the experiments being sent.”

John stifled a shriek as he felt something slip down his stomach and nestle in the hollow between his thighs. He felt unusually light-headed and queasy and would swear he was floating about an inch from the side of the wall — or floor — or ceiling. “Sherlock. Where. Are. We.” John gulped and pinched his lips together to choke back the upheaval in his stomach.

“Don’t you dare vomit! We’re in a cargo box in space.”

“Space! Outer space?”

“Stop shouting.”

“You just said we’re in outer space in a small box with rats! I think this justifies a bit of shouting!”

“It could be worse.”

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In Response to Request by BBC Sherlock Season 3 Producer, Sue Vertue

Benedict Cumberbatch as BBC Sherlock looking alarmed as he listens to a mobile call

There’s how many fans waiting outside 221B? And they have pictures of what?!

BBC Sherlock producer Sue Vertue has asked fans to not post any pictures or spoilers for “series 3.”   I believe that she, and the cast and crew, are largely concerned with the logistical nightmare of dealing with masses of fans converging on the location shoots with flashes, alerts, and phones going off at inopportune moments. I completely agree and understand the concern. I’d like to ask others to have consideration for the production crew as well as the cast (and no, I’m not saying this because I’m not in London right now. I could be in London right now, but I decided it would be much wiser, and more mature, to go for the delayed gratification of being in London when the Sherlock Season 3 airs. This is what my friend, Heidi, would do.)

I confess to having done a bit of on-location site lurking in my “youth” (and yes, like those lucky fans in Bristol, I even got to be an extra in a crowd shot at the last moment).But they were for shows and films that didn’t draw a large crowd, could easily handle the lurking, and at no time did any of us do anything exceedingly disruptive like snap a shot during filming. Of course, this was before smartphones and built-in cameras (It was certainly way before the technology existed for Benedict Cumberbatch to use his iPhone to shoot a screen test for Star Trek Into Darkness).

So I contemplated a long time on what to do regarding the conflict of interest between wanting to play the “Solving the Mystery of Rat, Wedding, Bow” and not posting any spoilers. I think I’ve come up with a reasonable compromise.

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