Last night’s series 3 instalment of Sherlock saw John Watson marrying Marty Morstan in one of the most unconventional of weddings, helped majorly by one of the most unconventional of Best Men!
The Sign of Three was told almost entirely through Sherlock’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) Best Man speech, as he darted between insulting the institute of marriage, to praising the very ground that his best friend, the groom, Watson (Martin Freeman) walked along, as he sat next to his new bride, Mary (Amanda Abbington).
But it wouldn’t have been Sherlock if there wasn’t a mystery or two mentioned, all brought together at the wedding reception in a grand and explosive conclusion, which saw a pause in the toasts to allow for the crime fighting duo to save a life and have the would-be-killer arrested, making for some great entertainment.
But what was it like to be part of?
The three main stars of the show, Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington, have been discussing in an interview for the BBC, during which Cumberbatch praised the production, and crew, explaining:
“Steven [Moffat, the show’s writer] said when he read the books he thought ‘what was the wedding like?’ because the wedding just sort of happens, it is just announced that they are married but they are best friends so what role would Sherlock have had in that wedding? Surely he would have been Best Man, what would that speech have been like? So from that this idea just grew.
To which Marin Freeman added:
“We knew that I was going to get married to Mary, then that Sherlock was going to be Best Man, and that sounded like a very funny idea in that kind of Sherlock way of whatever disorder he has of just not ever being able to make a Best Man speech.”
But he did make a speech, one that will go down in the history books, and one which Benedict Cumberbatch was very pleased to be part of, as he explained:
“It was a wonderful piece of theatre for me to get my teeth into because it was basically a weeks’ worth of filming around thirty pages of dialogue with an audience of both regulars who I adore and know very well, and new cast members who I feel I equally adore now as well.”
Meanwhile Amanda Abbington, who plays Mary, had this to say about the event:
“So Mary comes into it, kind of gets in between the two of them but she wants them to be together as well so she kind of says to one ‘why don’t you go and sort out a case for him’ then to the other ‘why don’t you go and sort out a case for him’ and she kind of pushes them together because she can see that they are missing each other.
“And I think that Sherlock really likes Mary, he sees something in her that is a bit different so I think the dynamic really works. I think it is a nice little triangle, and she doesn’t get involved too much, she lets them go off and do their own thing.”
Watson and Mary have an amazing chemistry between them on screen, and it is no wonder as Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington have been in a long-term relationship with each other for over a decade, making the whole process that much more enjoyable, as Freeman explained:
“My Mrs is in this one so that is really good – I love acting with her. She is genuinely one of my favourite actors.”
To which Amanda added:
“Working with Martin is a joy, it really is. The infuriating thing about Martin is that he will get his script and say ‘go over it with me’ and he will read it once, he will read it twice and then he will say ‘test me’ and he will know his lines verbatim and that is so infuriating because it takes me quite a while to learn my lines, but he just knows them straight away,
“He is just so brilliant to work with – He is my best friend as well so it is just really nice to be able to share this with him, I really love it.”
Sherlock continues with its series 3 finale His Last Vow, on Sunday night at 8.30pm on BBC1 / BBC 1 HD – Watch the official trailer for it in the clip below: