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Sherlock and Sherlocking

July 11th, 2010 (08:28 pm)

A ReTweet has directed me towards the Sherlocking blog, which in turn has pointed me towards the pitch video for the forthcoming Sherlock series, brought to us by Messrs Gatiss and Moffat, Hartswood Films, and the BBC. My knowledge of the characters isn't extensive, but this looks promising (though the scenes may all come from the pilot, which is now not going to be transmitted):

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Posted by: Naraht (emily_shore)
Posted at: July 11th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)

Hadn't even heard of this show until now! More grist for the fandom...

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: July 11th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)

The three episodes are going to be shown on BBC 1 this summer; there's definitely a fandom in waiting...

Posted by: Naraht (emily_shore)
Posted at: July 11th, 2010 08:38 pm (UTC)

Well, there's already a fandom. The current fandom sloshes between lots of different Holmes incarnations; in some ways I think this would be additive rather than creating something new, though it would of course recruit new fans.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: July 11th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)

The author of Sherlocking is already worrying that the BBC's failure to announce a firm date and time shows that they are not giving the series priority, though in fact that's a tactic they use when they particularly want the show to be a hit, as they are daring ITV to announce their schedule first.

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Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: July 11th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)

Mark Gatiss has said somewhere that he was inspired by the wartime Basil Rathbone films in which Holmes fought Nazis, but this looks more promising than those. I've got a book on Sherlock Holmes in cinema, actually, despite not being an aficionado, and it will come in useful!

Posted by: But what if I'm a mermaid? (deepbluemermaid)
Posted at: July 12th, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
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I like the look of this! I've been a Sherlock Holmes fan since I first read the stories in my early teens, but I have seen very few of the classic adaptations.

It was funny watching that pilot promo, though; it's like an AU fanfic come to life!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: July 12th, 2010 12:38 am (UTC)

I read A Study in Scarlet for the first time late last year, and was struck by how young Holmes and Watson are in their first story. The potential for a contemporary adaptation was there - but it will be interesting to see what supplants the Mormon kidnap and marriage plot.

Posted by: Naraht (emily_shore)
Posted at: July 12th, 2010 12:49 am (UTC)

It was funny watching that pilot promo, though; it's like an AU fanfic come to life!

It is! In, so far, a good way!

Posted by: A Meticulous Catalogue of Wrongs To Be Avenged (splendorsine)
Posted at: July 12th, 2010 05:59 am (UTC)

That does look potentially rather wonderful. My only worry is that Jekyll failed rather comprehensively to float my boat, so hopefully Sherlock doesn't follow the same formula.

Does Benedict Cumberbatch look almost interchangeable with Matt Smith, apart from having a 10 million times more preposterous name, or is it just me?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: July 12th, 2010 11:40 am (UTC)
MattKaren

No, it's not just you... I think Moffat and Matt Smith first met at the auditions for Watson, which Smith's agent had put him up for rather than Holmes, and Moffat immediately said no given that Cumberbatch had already been cast...