Even for the BBC, a channel with no shortage of inspired and timeless programming, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’s Sherlock has been a unique triumph of mystery-centric television, with a consistently moving and involving undercurrent of witty drama. At the center of it all, as always, is the relationship between Sherlock Holmes and John H. Watson, the greatest detective of all time and his ever-wise, insightful partner, and the chemistry between stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman has been a major drawing point for all three series of the program, which capped off its best series to date last year. So, its understandable that at the Sherlock Comic-Con panel, moderated by Sandra Gonzalez and featuring Moffat, executive producer Sue Vertue, and co-star Rupert Graves, who plays DI Greg Lestrade, the big questions surrounded the impending Victorian Special and Series 4, which all three were quick to say was a long, long way off.
Gonzalez did an admirable job of trying to squeeze details for future incarnations of the series from the famously prickly and tight-lipped Moffatt, who dominated the panel for the most part, but the panel was most memorable for Moffat’s unimpeachable sense of humor, and a fanatical love for the details of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories. Handling questions from Gonzalez and the audience, Moffatt, along with Graves and Vertue, proved largely self-effacing but not without adding some major tidbits about the process of creating the show, the series’ cast, and the production of the Victorian Special, which looks to premiere this winter. Check out the full recap below.
- Moffatt and Vertue started off by revealing that the Victorian Special will be released in select cinemas upon its proper release later this year. Moffatt was quick to point out how great the show looked on the big screen.
- Moffat said he thinks the Victorian Special is “one of the best” they’ve done thus far, going on to call it “terrific.”
- Graves revealed that, though he didn’t appear in the clip, Lestrad will be in the Victorian Special and will be wearing mutton chops, which he referred to as “hedges.”
- Moffatt insisted that the Victorian Special “has to be a standalone” episode of the show, rather than trying to work it into the show’s modern trappings.
- At one point, Graves referred to a part of the production process as the “same shit,” only to then read a warning that there were children under 18 in the audience.
- Speaking about the Victorian Special, Moffatt was quick to point out that it takes place in a “sexist” era and that in Doyle’s story, “women don’t speak.” He then said that these elements will be crucial to the story in the Victorian Special.
- Talking about his writing process, Moffatt was quick to point out that he never has an “oh I’m good” moment, and that most of the time he feels “haunted and miserable.”
- Moffatt opined that being a big fan of the show makes certain people “too obsessed to enjoy” Sherlock in a pure way, and related it to his feelings on the initial runs of Dr. Who.
- When talking about filming the Victorian Special, Vertue was quick to say that it was “harder to shoot” than the more modern episodes. She also said that they had their extras “walk faster” to avoid the episode feeling rote or stagnant.
- When discussing the physical nuances of the show, Moffatt said that they are almost never scripted, and that the comedy of the show always comes from the reactions.
- Vertue admitted that she loves “Rupert’s mugging” when reacting to what Sherlock does and says
- Graves admitted that one of his favorite moments was the “oh, you bastard” hug at the beginning of Series 3, when Lestrad finds out Holmes is still alive.
- When asked about her favorite gut-punch moment, Vertue chose the end of Series 3, specifically the look on Grattis’s Mycroft’s face when his brother has a cadre of guns pointed at him.
- Moffatt didn’t have a favorite gut-punch moment, but said he only really felt clever and thought a line was “not bad” was “I am Sherlocked.”
- Graves said that his favorite gut-punch moment was “Mary with the gun.”
- Talking about how he constructs the drama and mystery of the show, Moffatt emphasized the “backswing” and the “I should have seen it coming!” feeling that the show often gives off. He specifically referenced Sherlock’s relationship with Mary.
- Moffatt admitted that he reads the “stage directions” at the table reads.
Ready for Comic-Con? Here is an article from EW.com
The Sherlock hiatus is stretching into its 18th month, giving fans plenty of time to compile conspiracy theories almost as crazy as Anderson’s. With a new episode finally approaching, the show hits Comic-Con on Thursday to tease what’s next. To get you ready for the panel, here’s a refresher on where we left the famed detective and his (sneer it all together now) “friends.”
Where we left off: Surprise! John married a trained assassin. Publishing magnate Charles Augustus Magnussen knows about Mary’s secret past and blackmails her for it, so she sets out to kill him — only to get interrupted by Sherlock. Mary shoots Sherlock to buy herself time. When John learns the truth about his wife, she gives him a flash drive containing her full history; John burns the flash drive without reading it and chooses to forgive her.
When Magnussen reveals that he doesn’t actually have any physical blackmail evidence — it’s all in his mind palace — Sherlock shoots him at point-blank range. Mycroft has no choice but to take his brother into custody and sentence him to the kind of undercover assignment that will leave him dead in six months. Sherlock and John say an emotional goodbye, but four minutes after his plane takes off, Sherlock is called back home. Moriarty is alive, which he’s announced by broadcasting a message across the country: “Did you miss me?” You have no idea.
In other news, Molly Hooper is no longer engaged, Greg Lestrade is “a man and good at it,” and Mrs. Hudson is still not your housekeeper.
What we know about season 4: According to showrunner Steven Moffat, the fun times can’t last forever. Moffat tells EW that season 4 will be all about “consequences,” with plenty of “emotional upheaval” to go along with them. He also hints that the show’s famously analytical fans are missing something: “[Co-creator Mark Gatiss] and me are very exultant about a little thing we’ve set up that no one is talking about.” In true Sherlock fashion, we’re going to have to wait a while to find out what that is — season 4 is expected to begin filming in the spring of 2016.
But take heart: Sherlock will air a 90-minute special this December. “The special is its own thing,” Moffat tells EW. “It’s not part of the run of three episodes.” What is it part of? Victorian London. Check out the BBC’s just-released promotional photo for a glimpse at Sherlock and John’s throwback look — featuring the return of a certain mustache.
Comic-Con burning question: Assuming he really is alive, how did Moriarty fake his death?
As producers Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue, along with co-star Rupert Graves arrive in San Diego to start pimping Sherlock at this year’s Comic-Con, the Beeb has released a new image featuring the series’ stars, Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch.
And as you can tell from the way they’re dressed, this is the duo in their costumes for the special episode of the show, due to air at the end of the year, set in Victorian times and reportedly fun of interesting little tweaks on the format that Moffat and co-creator Mark Gatiss have established on the series. For one thing, it’s detached from the regular continuity of the show, meaning that none of the dangling plotlines from the end of series three will be resolved.
“The special is its own thing,” Moffat told EW back in March. “We wouldn’t have done the story we’re doing, and the way we’re doing it, if we didn’t have this special. It’s not part of the run of three episodes. So we had this to do it – as we could hardly conceal – it’s Victorian. Mark Gatiss and me, we wanted to do this, but it had to be a special, it had to be separate entity on its own. It’s kind of in its own little bubble.”
With filming on the rest of series four not set to begin until next spring, we’re in for yet another wait for more episodes. But then, that’s the life of a Sherlock fan…
I’ve uploaded the first still of Benedict in Black Mass. The movie is set to open on September 18th.
I’ve added scans from the Total Film Summer Issue, which features Benedict’s upcoming movie Black Mass:
Hello everyone! Catching up on the latest events I’ve missed posting, thanks Mouza!
Here’s the first trailer for Black Mass, which opens September 18th:
In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.
Benedict Cumberbatch has been nominated for Best International Actor for his role in The Imitation Game for this year’s Irish Film and Television Academy Awards, the movie has also been nominated for Best International Film
TV3 will be bringing Irish viewers and the home audience all the excitement from Ceremony and the Red Carpet in a one hour IFTA Awards Special with all the highlights and interviews with nominees and winners, stars of the screen, guest presenters, Lifetime and special guests. (Source)
For the eagerly anticipated Sherlock special episode, Holmes and Watson are essentially going back in time.
Co-creator Steven Moffat has now confirmed the special will take place in Victorian London, validating fan assumptions about the episode. Last month the show’s stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman were spotted filming Sherlock in 19th century clothes, causing fans to wonder if perhaps the crime-fighting duo attended a costume ball, or ir perhaps it was just some kind of dream sequence within the special. But no: The 90-minute episode literally takes place hundreds of years ago.
“The special is it’s own thing,” Moffat told EW before attending a panel at the South by Southwest conference on Monday. “We wouldn’t have done the story we’re doing, and the way we’re doing it, if we didn’t have this special. It’s not part of the run of three episodes. So we had this to do it – as we could hardly conceal – it’s Victorian. [Co-creator Mark Gatiss] and me, we wanted to do this, but it had to be a special, it had to be separate entity on its own. It’s kind of in its own little bubble.”
The special is pretty much finished, Moffat added, and he’s very pleased with the result. No air date is set by Sherlock networks BBC and PBS Masterpiece, but the special is widely expected to air in the UK around December.
Benedict Cumberbatch and his lovely wife Sophie Hunter attended the 87th Annual Academy Awards earlier this evening where Benedict was nominated for Best Actor for his role on The Imitation Game. The award went to Eddie Redmayne, but the movie did win the Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for screenwritter Graham Moore. Here are pictures from the event. Also some pictures from Saturday’s The Weinstein Company’s Pre-Oscar Party.