It seems everyone is wanting to see more Sherlock Holmes. And we will. More about that in a moment.
First, Calling All Cosplayers who can be in the London area by 19 July!
Mark Gatiss, Stephen Fry and the National Literacy Trust, along with a number of other authors and celebrities, are attempting to break the Guinness Book of Records for the largest collection of people dressed as Sherlock Holmes, 19 July, at University College London (UCL). The funds raised will go towards the Save Undershaw organization. Undershaw, the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was saved from demolition and conversion to a golf club by the efforts of Mark Gatiss, Stephen Fry and many others, however, it’s in desperate need of repairs before it can be converted into a historical site and literary resource. They are, alas, out of outfits for those who don’t have one of their own, but donations and raffle tickets are still available. For complete information, check out this lovely article on Look to the Stars. And for another take, there’s this piece at Experdon Charity News.
The BBC is Also Wanting to See More Sherlock Holmes
The BBC Trust, the overseers of the BBC Corporation, noted in its annual review, in oh so British understatement, that BBC viewers perceived the BBC failed “to take risks” with BBC1 depending upon long-running, predictable series with exceptions such as Sherlock. The report also noted that viewers lamented the limited hours of each Sherlock series. Citing US dramas like Mad Men and Breaking Bad as examples of the kinds of programming drawing younger British viewers and noted that the US dramas usually produce 12 hours of viewing. (Apparently, the Trust didn’t notice that Sherlock produces 9 hours of viewing each season because each episode is 90-minutes instead of an 60.) Radio Times has a fairly comprehensive report on the review and notes that Sherlock is producing a Holiday special to fill in between seasons. They also note that it’s rather difficult to film Sherlock now that so many of the cast and creative team are in high demand and command much larger salaries. The Trust made no mention of how BBC1 should pay for the increased costs of 12-hours and more frequent episodes…
Although, Ian McKellan Is Applying His Powers to Sherlock Holmes
Whether you consider them magic or mutant, there’s no denying Ian McKellan is a powerful performer, so I’m thrilled that he’s portraying Sherlock Holmes in the upcoming adaptation of Mitch Cullin’s A Slight Trick of the Mind (yes, yes, book reviews coming, but that’s another time and another story). McKellan plays a 93-year old Sherlock post-WWII and I own’t spoil it for you, however, Sky.com has a nice piece on the production. Frankly, I’m looking forward to a movie with Sherlock Holmes living to see his methods universally adopted and applied. Too bad he didn’t live to see the ubiquitous CSI-clone days.
Although, if you believe Neil Gaiman’s “A Case of Death and Honey”… (We can but dream.)
And last but by no means least —
Sherlock Fan, Blogger, and SF/F Copyeditor Could Use a Hand
Anne Zanoni is trying to get to the Loncon 3, the 72nd Worldcon, for professional (and a bit of personal) reasons but, due to medical and other life snafus, she’s hit a financial iceberg. With encouragement from friends, she’s started a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo called London: Magic Carpet Ride and has her fingers crossed that she can still make her London meetings and meet-ups. I think we can all relate to someone hit by the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” and if just 100 fans donated US$5, Anne can still make London. Considering all the support she’s given Sherlock fandom on her blog, that’s not too much to ask, so if you’ve got a spare US$5 (£3), please help.
Oh, And Don’t Forget Benedict Cumberbatch’s Birthday!
Like we could. One of the ways Anne has helped support Sherlock fandom is compiling a list of all the charities that are supported by Mr. Cumberbatch. While we’re all in a charitable mood, consider a donation in honor of his birthday on Saturday, 19 July — which you can also celebrate dressed as Sherlock Holmes for the Guinnes Book of World Records event to Save Undershaw…
which brings us full circle so I’d better stop.