‘Sherlock’ – First Look At Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman From New Special

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Sherlock and Watson are going old school. They both look very dapper.

BBC One has released the first promo image (above) of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman from Sherlock’s new 2015 Christmas Special. The image was posted with hashtags: #221back #Sherlock #notkidding.

Notice something missing in the photo above? Benedict’s shoulder is missing. BBC One was quick to fix it and tweeted the image below.

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Sue Vertue and Amanda Abbington also tweeted out images:

The ‘Sherlock’ Christmas Special airs next year. Filming for the special begins in January 2015. Season 4 won’t air till 2016. Ugghh..I hate waiting.

Sherlock – Series 4 and Special Episode Confirmed

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Woot woot!!

BBC has confirmed that Series 4 will return with a Special episode, followed by 3 new episodes. 

Benedict Cumberbatch will return as Sherlock and Martin Freeman as John Watson for “the most shocking and surprising series of Sherlock yet,” according to a tweet by BBC One. Filming for the special episode begins January 2015 and the fourth season will start later that year.

Press release:

Sherlock, the hit BBC One drama produced by Hartswood Films, will return to screens for a Special, followed by a series of three new episodes. The last series saw Sherlock’s life change a lot – he returned from the dead, his best friend John Watson married Mary Morstan and he met his match in Charles Augustus Magnussen. After the briefest of exiles, Sherlock came back only to face one of his biggest mysteries yet. Why is Moriarty’s face being broadcast on every television in the land?

Speaking about the return of the series, co-creator, writer and executive producer Steven Moffat says: “A special, plus a new series of three episodes – it’s a record-breaking run! Of course, it’s far too early to say what’s coming, but we’re reasonably confident that the very next thing to happen to Sherlock and John, is the very last thing you’d expect…”

Co-creator, writer and executive producer Mark Gatiss, adds: “Series Four! At last ! It’s always special to return to Sherlock but this time it’s even more special as we’re doing… a Special! Not only THAT, we’ll then be shooting three more episodes which will take Sherlock and John Watson into deeper and darker water than ever before. The whole Sherlock team are terrifically excited to return for four new adventures. The Game is on – again!”

Sue Vertue, Executive Producer, Hartswood Films says: “It’s taken a little while to get the dates sorted as none of the boys are exactly sitting back twiddling their thumbs but there was unanimous goodwill to make this work, so we’re thrilled that 221b is going to be inhabited again.”

Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, says: “It’s a very good day in the life of a BBC One Controller when you can announce Sherlock will return for a special plus a new three-part series. Massive thanks to Sue Vertue and Hartswood Films for pulling this off, it’s no mean feat pinning down some of this country’s most brilliant and in-demand actors and writers.”

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama, says: “Steven and Mark are ready to unleash the most shocking and surprising series of Sherlock yet. The only thing to expect is the unexpected…”

Sherlock is written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock is produced by Sue Vertue and the executive producers are Beryl Vertue, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat for Hartswood Films, Bethan Jones for BBC Cymru Wales and Rebecca Eaton for Masterpiece.

Shooting on the special will begin in January 2015, with the series shooting later next year.

Commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One and Ben Stephenson Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning.

Fans were teased yesterday on Twitter with the hashtag #221back. The tweets hinted at the return of Sherlock’s nemesis James Moriarty (Andrew Scott): 

Season 3 finale ended in a cliffhanger with Moriarty, presumed dead, with a message “Did you miss me?” being broadcasted on every screen. Here are some more Tweets from today:

Are you excited for Series 4? 

BAFTA New York Presents: In Conversation With Benedict Cumberbatch

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Hollywood Reporter Scott Feinberg’s Q&A session with Benedict Cumberbatch for BAFTA New York Presents: ‘In Conversation’ With Benedict Cumberbatch at The Standard Highline in New York City.  Cumberbatch talks about Sherlock, The Fifth Estate, working with Meryl Streep, Broadway, his first experience with social media, how he almost turned down the role of Sherlock, and more.

Check out the full interview:

If Sherlock Was An Animated Series

What if Sherlock was an animated aeries? Illustrator and self proclaimed geek Angela Taratuta took random screenshots from Sherlock’s episodes A Study in Pink’ and ‘A Scandal in Belgravia,’ and did an excellent job redrawing them as an animated series.

Check out her work on DeviantArt and Tumblr.

‘A Study in Pink‘:

A Scandal in Belgravia’:

Announcing SHERLOCKED: The First Ever Official Sherlock Convention

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SQUEE!! This is awesome news for Sherlock fans. SHERLOCKED: The first ever official Sherlock convention has been announced by Hartswood Films via the Sherlock fansite Sherlockology. The convention will have all sorts of activities, such as Sherlock themed activities, appearances from the cast and crew of the show, talks, photoshoots, autograph opportunities and more.

Here’s the official release:

SHERLOCKED, the first ever official Sherlock convention dedicated to our favourite BBC series, will take place in 2014 over 3 days. The event will be run by Massive Events in association with Hartswood Films and Showmasters Ltd – a combination of the talents of specialist producers in dedicated fan conventions and the hugely experienced team behind the renowned London Film & Comic Con, and the Sherlock production team. In addition, it is intended to take place in Europe and in the USA.

Sherlock’s producer Sue Vertue exclusively told Sherlockology:

We’re very excited to be announcing our first official Sherlock convention for later in the year, aptly named SHERLOCKED.  Massive Events  have been pestering me for ages to get a date for this in the schedule but we wanted to make sure that we had the time and energy to make it a great, high quality and fun event, and now we have! Watch this space.”

To get more information of the upcoming convention, you can sign up for email alerts at their website. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

[Via Sherlockology]

Sherlock: Meet the Filmakers Q&A Event

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Writer Steven Moffat, producer Sue Vertue, and actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, and Amanda Abbington took part in ‘Sherlock: Meet the Filmakers’ fan Q&A at the Apple Store, Regent Street London.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman teased the audience by revealing the gay club scene that was cut from series three. Freeman said: “We were absolutely mullered in the gay club. There were lots of topless men going past, and (Sherlock and John) are just like, ‘Why are we here?” Cumberbatch added: “I had no idea as to why they didn’t have their clothes on, and then it dawned and my grounding shook”

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Miniature 221B Baker Street

Artist Nichola “Knickertwist” Battilana created a miniature version of 221B Baker Street in an Altoid tin. The amount of detail is amazing. If you look closely, you can see the details on the door from the numbers to the mail slot. The inside of the tin, she includes furnishings, a violin and bow (on the right of the fireplace), piles of paper, books, throw, framed art, a skull, etc.

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Battilana’s creativity doesn’t stop there. The following day, she created a matchbox version of 221B Baker Street. She says, “I believe that every last person should have a little 221B to fit in their pocket, so I came up with a matchbook version you can create for yourself.”

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If you want to create your own matchbox version of 221B, here’s the link for the awesome tutorial. Have fun!

[Source: Pixie Hill]

Creators of ‘Sherlock’ have confirmed Series 4 & 5

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A group of lucky people got a chance to see Series 3 finale, “His Last Vow,” at a BAFTA screening and Q&A panel with co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. 

We already knew that Series 4 had been confirmed by Benedict Cumberbatch back in March 2013 and now Series 5 has been confirmed by Moffat and Gatiss.

At the Q&A panel, Moffat told the audience:

“Rather excitingly, Mark and I, for no particular reason, we just got out of the rain and sat at the top of the [Sherlock] production bus… and we just started plotting out what we could do in the future. And we plotted out the whole of series four and five.

“So we have got plans – but our plans don’t tend to be ‘Let’s blow up the world or cast the most famous person in the world.’ They tend to be ‘What exciting twists and turns can we add to this?’ And I think we’ve got some crackers! The ideas we had that day, I thought were the best we’ve ever had.”

I’m looking forward to Series 4 and 5. I just hope we don’t have to wait two years between series. Series 3, Episode 3 “His Last Vow” will be airing in the UK on Sunday,  January 12th. Series 3, Episode 1 airs in the US on Sunday, January 19th.

Sherlock Series 3 Photos

More photos from Series 3 to tide you over until January. I’m so excited for the new series!!

(Photos: © Robert Viglasky/Hartswood Films for MASTERPIECE)