You hear “Sherlock”, you think of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman and the agonising two year wait between series but there is another one you know!
In fact, before this planet became one giant Cumbercookie, it was left to Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law to entertain us from Baker St in the Guy Ritchie film series of Sherlock Holmes.
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As far most people in this country are concerned, there is only one Sherlock Holmes, and he is played by our TV hero Benedict Cumberbatch, but the truth of the matter is there are currently two others running rings around the world’s criminals.
Shortly after the BBC version of Sherlock hit our TV screens back in 2010, an American version of a similar concept show, Elementary, was introduced to the US starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as the crime fighting duo Sherlock and Watson.
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Fans of the spectacularly amazing BBC drama series, Sherlock, will be happy to know that both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have signed up for the third series when it starts filming in the New Year.
Both Cumberbatch, who plays the title role of Sherlock, and Freeman, who plays his sidekick Watson in the hit show, have become very sought after British exports following the success of the first two series of the modern day twist on the novels penned by Arthur Conan Doyle, so there had been fears that either or both might bow out of the show due to other commitments, especially given the time span between the second and third series.
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Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss – who of course also stars in the show as Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft Holmes – has told the PA that when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous sleuth turns up alive and well in series three, his evidently not so faithful sidekick Dr Watson will probably utter “a stream of terrible swear words.”
As fans of the BBC drama will know, at the end of series two, Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) fell to what was presumed to be his death, however, Gatiss says that bringing the detective back was what Conan Doyle originally planned for him in his tale entitled The Adventure of the Empty House.
And of Watson’s (Martin Freeman) angry reaction to Sherlock’s survival, Gatiss said, “I always found it a little unlikely Dr Watson’s reaction was to faint – as opposed to possibly a stream of terrible swear words…” Read more & comment »
Fans of Sherlock Holmes have been infuriated that a US remake of the hit – and quintessentially British – drama will feature a woman in the role of Sherlock’s sidekick, Watson.
Lucy Liu – who found fame in US comedy drama Ally McBeal – has reported been cast in the role of “disgraced former surgeon” Joan Watson, while British actor Jonny Lee Miller has been cast in the role of Holmes.
Made by American network CBS, the new take on the drama is to be entitled, Elementary, and set in modern-day New York.
However, the Daily Star reports that British fans of the show have “swamped” internet forums and social networking sites to blast the “political correctness gone mad” move in casting Liu in the role and for giving Holmes “substance abuse problems”.
One fan wrote, “Watson’s a girl? Holmes in REHAB? I’m guessing ‘Mrs Hudson’ will be a gay man… Read more & comment »
As fans of Sherlock will know, when Lara Pulver – in the role of lesbian dominatrix Irene Adler – stripped off and went about her business with a whip, some viewers were angered at the scenes, which were shown before the 9pm watershed.
However, while speaking to the Radio Times about the controversy surrounding her nude scenes, actress Lara has revealed that the show’s bosses gave her the opportunity to wear some clothing during filming.
But it seems, keen to get the filming done, Lara refused, and decided to bare all to expedite the shoot.
While explaining that the show’s director told her she could wear an “invisible” bra and pants, Lara added that he then made the point that filming would take a while longer in order to avoid showing bra straps and panty lines.
She said, “The director very sweetly said to me, ‘The choice is we spend hours shooting it to avoid seeing straps or we take all that off and shoot it quickly…’ Read more & comment »
As fans of hit BBC drama Sherlock will know, last Sunday’s episode featured actress Lara Pulver as lesbian dominatrix Irene Adler…
And as the show aired prior to the 9pm watershed, viewers complained that the scenes featuring a naked Lara – and which intimated lesbian S&M – were unsuitable for the timeslot.
Later on in the week, the BBC defended the scenes, and stated that they would not edit the episode when it was repeated on the channel.
And today, while speaking to the Daily Mirror, Benedict Cumberbatch who of course plays Sherlock Holmes – and whose name is wish was Ben Jones; I never, ever spell his name right first time of trying – has also defended the scenes.
He said, “It’s not supposed to be a source of stimulation for the audience… Read more & comment »
Benedict Cumberbatch, who of course plays Sherlock Holmes in the BBC’s Sherlock, has told the Sun’s TV Biz that playing the verbose and super intelligent detective is “hard graft.”
As fans of the show will know, Sherlock is given to long-winded but meticulously formed monologues regarding his deductions about the cases he’s working on.
Of playing the intense role, Benedict said, “Every deduction is hard. It’s always a painful process.
“There are all the details. It’s like a stream of consciousness of incredibly condensed information.
“He just goes at 100 miles an hour and it’s a huge speed to rush it out.
“It’s just hard, it’s hard graft — there’s no other word for it.” Read more & comment »
The star of a new adaptation of Shelock Holmes, Benedict Cumberbatch, has stated that his interpretation of the detective will be “a world away” from Robert Downey Jr’s take on the legendary detective.
Benedict has so far filmed three episodes of the BBC drama which has a modern day slant. He co-stars with Martin Freeman who plays Watson.
Speaking to the PA from the Bafta TV awards red carpet, he said, “It’s set in 2010 so there will be a better accent, I think.
“No disrespect to the man [Downey Jr] himself because he can do anything… Read more & comment »
The BBC has reportedly blown £800,000 worth of licence payers’ money on funding a pilot episode of their adaptation of ‘Sherlock Holmes’, which has been ditched before ever going to air.
The new series – and the pilot – features Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes, and The Office star Martin Freeman as Dr Watson.
However, it seems that the BBC still plans to air the rest of the series.
A BBC insider said of the binned episode, “It must have been a real stinker… Read more & comment »
Doctor Who actor Matt Smith was turned down for a role in BBC’s Sherlock Holmes, before he won the title of the 11th doctor.
Speaking to Doctor Who Magazine, Steven Moffat revealed that he first came across Smith, as he auditioned for the part of Dr Watson.
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