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I shamelessly only acquired membership to the Barbican in London so that I could get discounted and earlybird tickets to performances of Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch. Having paid for membership, I decided I should probably make the best of it, and have been attending a few things here and there, as well as going for drink and food at the place whenever I can. Recently, however, something did genuinely catch my eye amongst their programme. They have been showing a series of very old (and silent), Sherlock Holmes movies.
The first one was The Hound of the Baskervilles on 15th February – a full length feature. Then, on 8th March, they showed a series of three shorter episodes in one sitting – A Scandal in Bohemia, The Man with the Twisted Lip and The Final Problem. On 29th March, they are showing The Sign of Four, and I would highly recommend getting a ticket, if there are any left.
The films are all part of the same series made by the same production company (Stoll Pictures), and featuring the same two actors in the leading roles: Eille Norwood as Sherlock Holmes and Hubert Willis as Dr Watson. They really do have a great chemistry together on screen (considering they don’t say anything), and I’ve rather fallen in love with Norwood as Holmes. He suits the role perfectly and his facial expressions are just perfect and hilariously funny at times. It was fantastic to hear the entire cinema chuckling in the appropriate moments. I’ve always been a big believer that Sherlock Holmes is supposed to be funny. When my mother comes downstairs and finds me cackling to myself watching The Seven Per Cent Solution, the finds the concept very strange but I will always insist to anyone who actually cares (which isn’t that many), that Holmes is definitely funny.
Most of the films are actually available on YouTube, as my good friend Alistair Duncan was kind enough to point out, but there was nothing quite like seeing them on the big screen, up close and personal, and with a live piano accompaniment to boot. The second time I attended, the guy wasn’t just playing piano. He had a flute, and a harpsicord, and occasionally, he even reached down into the piano itself to pluck at the strings ominously. It was incredibly impressive and really added something to the entire experience.
My favourite one out of all that I’ve seen so far is a very close toss up between Scandal and Final Problem, as there were pure genius moments in both. The best part of Scandal was that it wasn’t just a straight forward adaptation of the story, but taken in a different direction (at least initially). Irene Adair (as she is known in this for some reason…a sort of strange mix up of Irene Adler and Ronald Adair), is starring in a play, and both Watson and Holmes go to see her. They sit in the box and Holmes looks rather bored out of his mind, forgetting to clap whenever he’s supposed to and only very half heartedly joining in at the end out of social convention (another really classic funny moment). But amazingly, Holmes hasn’t just been sat there daydreaming…he’s been studying one of the actors in the play, whom he then proceeds to get very drunk so he can take his part in the matinee the following day. Then, whilst he’s on stage – in between curtain calls – he drugs Irene and knocks her unconscious, so he can gain access to the photograph she keeps stuffed in her bra. Genius stuff!
The best bit of The Final Problem was undoubtedly the emotional Johnlock moments, where Holmes arrives near the beginning all bruised and hurt from his various murderous attacks throughout the day, and Watson very carefully tends to his cuts and washes them, then holds his hand a lot as they’re talking about Moriarty. Then of course, there’s the epic battle between Holmes and Moriarty on the side of a cliff (but not the Reichenbach Falls, it’s actually in a place called Cheddar, which I’d never heard of but does actually exist…don’t question my poor Geography please). Anyway, Holmes hurls Moriarty to his death then ends up toppling over himself too. How he gets out of that one is a real mystery… *runs to watch Empty House hoping for a better explanation than BBC Sherlock*
To sum up, I had no idea what to expect when I went to watch these movies, but really enjoyed all of them, and I’m looking forward to seeing what The Sign Of Four is like. After that, I’ll definitely go digging for the others on YouTube and have fun watching them too.
Another friendly meeting of the Scandalous Bohemians is scheduled for Saturday 2nd August.
We’ll be convening at our usual venue, The Victoria pub, in Leeds, at 12:30pm.
The theme for this particular meeting will be HIS LAST BOW. I suppose I’d better read it before the weekend. I really hope someone does a quiz!
To celebrate World Book Night this fun filled Sherlock Holmes evening includes a host of activities with all proceeds going to the Literacy Trust.
We’ll take you back to 1895 with Sherlock Holmes themed food and drink and to reward you for coming along in Victorian dress – we have some great prizes for the best dressed.
Special guests include bestselling author Dan Andriacco via satellite from Cincinnati. Dan has published six Sherlock Holmes novels including ‘No Police Like Holmes’ and has a big following in the US.
We’ll also be screening the award winning first episodes of a Sherlock Holmes web series.
To finish off the evening there will be a Sherlock Holmes Quiz – the winning team will get some exclusive Holmes prizes.
Your ticket includes;
- Sherlock Holmes cocktail and canapes
- 20% discount at the bar
- Live author Q&A
- Prizes for the best Victorian Dress
- Entry to the Sherlock Holmes Quiz
- Viewing of three episodes of Sherlock Holmes Web Series
- Accomodation Voucher for 20% off best available rate for a future booking will be available to event attendees (booking will be subject to availability)
- Lifetime discount to Watson’s Lounge bookshop (in conjunction withe Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes Hotel. All bookshop profits to National Literacy Trust)
- £5 donation to the National Literacy Trust
On 28th February I found myself in London and decided to google whether there was anything Sherlock Holmes related going on in the city that evening. To my surprise and pleasure, I discovered that there was a play being performed at the Pleasance Theatre called The Final Revelation of Sherlock Holmes, written by Tim Norton and produced by theatre company Let Them Call It Mischief.
The play ran from 11th February to 2nd March and on the night I went it was a packed out full house. I hope that was indicitave of their entire run because it was a wonderful production and they really did deserve the audiences, as far as I was concerned.
It was a two hander with Nico Lennon as Holmes and James McGregor as Watson, set entirely in the living room of 221B Baker Street for both acts, and it managed to not only sustain my interest, but surprise me and make me laugh too.
At first glance, the plot seemed fairly self explanatory and not particularly that original, with Holmes admitting to having killed someone out of boredom and because he believes he is the only one in the world who can commit the perfect crime; a crime that is entirely unsolvable, a crime where no one even realises it has happened and no one ever will. There have certainly been plays before with a darker Holmes as the main criminal at the heart of the mystery but this kept you guessing right to the end with the final reveal of who it was he had killed – an enjoyable and clever twist that I didn’t see coming until about fifteen minutes before it was announced, and that was possibly only because I have a more in depth knowledge of Holmes than some others in the audience.
It was the type of play that keeps you talking and thinking about it long after you’ve left the theatre, going back through certain moments in your mind with fresh knowledge in the light of the twist. Hopefully it will get another run at some point as it really was a rather delightful play.
We had nearly a full house of attendees on Saturday with the only apologies being from Tim, John and Matthew.
The theme was Sherlock Holmes and Disguise, as such, we had some fantastic efforts at dressing up, including the full Empty House book sellers outfit from Kevin, complete with sunglasses and white stick and ridiculous accent. Nat came with a home made priest dog collar, Mellers was the loafer from the Beryl Coronet and I came as the French waiter disguise as seen recently in Series 3 of BBC’s Sherlock.
After drinks and socialising, we began the more “serious” part of the meeting with a talk from Trevor around the theme of disguise (as indeed, all of the day’s talks were). He started by filling us in on how, as a professional actor, his interest first began as a child who enjoyed dressing up and portraying different characters. This was then linked in to the common belief that Holmes had some background in the field of acting and that he was himself, a great performer. The type of items he might have had to aid with his various disguises were then discussed and Trevor showed us all his treasure trove of a box, containing many of these aforementioned goodies, including noses of various sizes, moustaches, beards and so on.
The second talk was delivered by David who again brought up the idea of Holmes being an actor only this time, went into further depth discussing the various examples that are proof of his excellence in the field and his many and varied disguises, why he chose to use them at certain moments and what this might say about his personality and his flair for the dramatic.
The third talk came from Paul, who led us specifically into the realms of A Scandal In Bohemia and the disguises that are utilised throughout that case from both Holmes and the King of Bohemia himself. At one point he was fully disguised in a mask and speaking as the King, much to everyone’s amusement.
Finally, Mellers and I got up and performed a little take on the Sherlock and John reunion scene from The Empty Hearse (Sherlock, BBC). Seeing as I already had the disguise on, I did my best worst French accent and fooled around as Sherlock whilst Mellers did a grand job being my John even though I couldn’t see a damn thing through her glasses. It was great fun.
Once again, really enjoyed my day with the SBs, particularly my argument with Trevor about Elementary vs Sherlock.
There were lots of pictures taken and hopefully I will be able to get some more up soon.
The following essay was written before I saw The Sign Of Three. Having now seen it, I’d like to add a quick prequel. It’s now certain that Mary has a connection to CAM – he sent her a special wedding telegram that she reacted rather badly to then managed to cover up. She quite clearly has a history with him, possibly knows what he’s capable of, and is hoping he’ll just go away and she won’t have to deal with him. Sadly, that won’t be the case.
The next thing I wanted to add was, we discovered at the end of the episode that Mary was pregnant (through Sherlock’s deduction). This makes things even more intense considering that most of the fandom have predicted she is destined to die in this next episode. What will happen to the unborn child? Sherlock, John and a kid wouldn’t really work, even though I’m sure it’s some peoples fan fic fantasy (maybe he could be called Hamish). So yeah, I’m fairly certain the kid will die too, however harsh that sounds. For some reason though, I have this idea that Mary and the child will die separately. My theory is that she’ll have a miscarriage about a quarter of the way through the episode, then get murdered about three quarters of the way through as I’m writing about below. All I can say is though, wow, poor John. To lose his wife AND his kid? Can this guy have any worse luck? I mean, SERIOUSLY.
I’ve said in the essay that I think something bad will happen to Sherlock, emotionally, that he’ll be made to suffer, and honestly, it’s about time after everything John’s been through. I’m still very worried about that though. In the most recent two episodes we’ve seen a quite different Sherlock to the one from the previous two series. Especially in the last episode, he seems to have opened up a lot, become more emotional, more accepting of the fact that yes, he does have friends and he’s different to his brother (despite leaving the wedding alone). He made his “last vow” to always protect John, Mary and the baby. The fact that, in this last episode, he will obviously fail to do that, will probably really affect him in a way that bothers me greatly.
Anyway, now onto the original essay. Most of my theories remain unchanged…Please note: contains some minor setlock spoilers.
Final episode of the Series so you just know it’s going to be action packed and full of surprises and drama. There’s been quite a few spoilers from this one so it’s difficult to know where to start. Perhaps Magnussen would be a good place.
Charles Augustus Magnussen. The brand new baddie of this series who, from what I can tell, is some kind of media mogul, Rupert Murdoch type but more sinister. He owns a couple of newspapers and operates from a large tower block of offices in the heart of the city. The original Milverton was a blackmailer so I’m presuming he will be along the same lines.
I’m hoping that Sherlock will, like in the original, get engaged and pretend to fall in love with someone simply to make inroads into Magnussen’s world. It would be hilarious to see our BBC Sherlock do this with all his customary callousness.
We’ve already seen evidence of Sherlock going undercover. Already referred to by some in the fandom as Hobolock, he was seen looking bedraggled with greasy hair, slight stubble, jogging pants, trainers, T-shirt and wax rain jacket, coming out the back door of a seedy looking den and running off down the fire escape with a normal looking John in pursuit, complaining about how his cover had been blown.
This all reminded me more of a nod to the Man With The Twisted Lip where Holmes goes undercover in an opium den than anything connected to the original Milverton story, but they’ll all be cleverly linked in somehow, I’m sure.
I know there’s a scene in a car with Mary driving, John in the front and Sherlock in the back – no doubt as a terrible backseat driver. There was an IV drip unit seen on set, causing much speculation about who was going to be ill, and at one point Sherlock goes to meet Magnussen on his own at an Italian restaurant and in return (perhaps earlier or later in the ep), Magnussen sends a car with a couple of heavies round to Baker Street and can be seen walking inside – you know how they have such excellent security there and anyone can just walk in, right?
They’re all bits and bobs and it’s difficult to put them all together. The most interesting moment for me though was when Mary was walking along the street at night and she suddenly spotted images from her wedding with John being projected onto a building next to her. She was later seen talking to a tramp, then attending a meeting with Magnussen, on her own, in some kind of underground car park.
What this all seems to point to, is that Mary has a secret and is the target of Magnussen’s blackmail. The fact that it’s images of her wedding suggests it’s something to do with that, or something to do with John, but it kind of reminds me of the Noble Bachelor, and I’m wondering if Mary’s secret might be that she is still already married to someone else. Whatever it is, the entire plot is leading towards Mary and ultimately, something bad happening to her.
It’s no secret that things don’t end happily for John and Mary in the canon and I doubt she’ll survive very long in this series either. In fact, I’m predicting a dramatic and emotional death about three quarters of the way through this episode, during which Mary will die in John’s arms, with plenty of blood.
The final quarter of the episode will then be about John’s “last vow” to her to get revenge for her death and he and Sherlock will track down her killer – one of Magnussen’s lackeys. There will be a final showdown in an aesthetically pleasing and interesting filming location that will involve a Three Garridebs type situation, except with more serious consequences. John will get shot. We won’t know how serious it is but there will be plenty of blood (again) and this time it will be Sherlock cradling John in his arms begging him not to die. And then the episode will end, and we’ll have to wait for two years.
It probably won’t happen anything like that in the slightest, but Moffat and Co have promised us an emotional/cliffhanger type ending that is even worse than last time and we’ll all be screaming at the telly saying “they can’t end it there!” Trying to think of something that could be more dramatic or painful than Reichenbach is difficult, but I figured it probably wouldn’t be Mary’s death they end on, because that’s not exactly a surprise, and we’ve only had her character for one series, not long enough to become majorly attached.
We’ve also seen John suffering a hell of a lot of emotional pain – witnessing his best friend “die”, two years of grieving, then having Mary dying in this episode. He’s been through a fair bit, not to mention all the kidnappings. I think it’s about time that Sherlock had some emotional pain and emotional suffering. We know he cares about John but if he is really genuinely worried for John’s life and thinks he might die, then that’s something he’s not truly experienced before, especially if the circumstances are beyond his control – he can’t rescue him like he normally does, he has to rely on medical professionals to treat him and save his life. It would also fit in well with his general character development.
Less dramatic, but equally as painful (or perhaps more so), would be Sherlock and John falling out as a result of Mary’s death and John blaming Sherlock for it. Seeing Sherlock have to go through that would be extremely hard for the fandom to deal with!
Regardless of what the circumstances are…they’re not going to be good or happy. Steven Moffat is writing this episode. At least one person is going to die. It’s going to be painful to watch, and most probably unmissable.
P.S. I think Magnussen will escape to the next Series rather than get caught and done with in this one, but who knows, they might go for a traditional Milverton ending where he gets shot by one of his ex-victims. Mary, perhaps?
Not much longer to wait till “the big day” but here are my predictions for what we might see in tonight’s episode. Let’s start off with titles for this one. Quite clearly a play on The Sign Of Four which is the story where John first meets Mary Morstan. It’s very fitting then, that this is the episode where John and Mary tie the knot.
There weren’t many setlock spoilers for this episode so what we do know is pretty much what everyone knows. Sherlock is the best man (obviously, or perhaps not so obviously to him). He makes a comedic and probably slightly cringeworthy at times best man speech. It wouldn’t surprise me if he started deducing some of the wedding guests and embarrassed John.
Forty minutes into the episode we get less of the comedy and happy wedding drama and more of a traditional case drama as “something” happens at the wedding. Judging from the adverts, it’s a murder (Sherlock will be pleased). Presumably Sherlock will have to solve a crime at the actual wedding reception itself but I’m thinking it will be a little more complicated than an Agatha Christie style whodunnit. Perhaps they have to actually prevent a murder, or prevent a further murder. Obviously John will have to get involved, temporarily putting his wedding celebrations on hold.
Taking into account the episode title and the fact that it involves Mary, one has to wonder whether there will be any aspects of the Sign of Four included. It’s likely that there will be members of Mary’s family seeing her get wed to John, possibly even her father. Maybe he’s the one who gets killed and the murderer is a man with a prosthetic leg. Maybe he gets killed WITH a prosthetic leg. Either way, I think it would be a shame if they didn’t give at least one further nod to the Sign of Four plot.
If the entire episode is set at the wedding, then I’m predicting it will end happily with Sherlock playing the violin whilst John and Mary have their first dance.
It will be interesting to see whether Magnussen comes into it again like he did at the end of last week’s Empty Hearse – we caught a tiny glimpse of him watching the video footage of John’s near BBQing. It’s obvious that this Series involves a Magnussen story arc, but will it be similar to the Moriarty one where he was involved in every episode on some level?
I can’t imagine him making an appearance at the wedding however, and I doubt they’d repeat the idea of him watching on video cameras, but it’s quite possible that the criminal behind the main case (whatever it may be) is in the employment of Magnussen. We may not even find that out until the final episode so it will probably appear as a standalone case, with Sherlock unaware of the connection.
11am: A Sherlock Holmes Walk with the lovely Richard IV. Can’t say yet where to meet as we’re having a personalised tour just for us! It will cost around £7.
1pm: Pub Lunch
Afternoon There are two exhibitions on at the Science Museum which seem very appropriate for Sherlock. One is free, all about the brain and called Mind Maps: Stories from Psychology. The other must be booked (so you’ll need to confirm if you want me to book it for you) is called Only in England, contains photos showing the eccentricities of England, and costs £8 or £5 for students/concessions. You can do one, the other, both or none at all of the exhibitions. Those who don’t fancy the Science museum can make their own plans, perhaps visiting Baker Street or Speedy’s, and meet us later.
7pm: Dinner at Nando’s (Likely either Gloucester Road or High Street Kensington) to avoid the usual ‘Paying The Bill Fiasco’.
12 noon Pub lunch and an afternoon spent chatting, quizzing, enthusing over Series 3 and drinking if you fancy.
Well, the episode is on in about fifteen minutes so I need to publish this now…These are my predictions for the type of events that are going to be occuring in Series 3 Episode 1 The Empty Hearse. They’re based on official pictures, synopsis, setlock spoilers and my own ideas. As I said, these do include some spoilers so if you don’t want to know…wait till after the episode to read it. It’s currently 8:40pm here in the UK, there’s not long left to wait. I’ll be publishing predictions for the other two episodes too…and then I shall laugh at how wrong it is
The all important return of Sherlock. We know a little bit about this through the official adverts and even more through the spoilers. It’s two years on and Sherlock has returned to London just at the right time as a serious terrorist threat looms over the city. In the Empty House, the reason for his return was because he realised Moriarty’s top man Sebastian Moran was in London and as Moran was the only person who knew of Holmes’ continued existence, it was important that he caught up with him and bring him to justice. Really, he couldn’t resist, but there was a part of him that was concerned for the safety of his friends too. This concern would be even more apparent in BBC Sherlock going off what happened in Reichenbach and the threats made to John, Lestrade and Mrs Hudson. If there was anything that compromised their continued safety then I’m sure Sherlock would make his return for that. It will be interesting to see whether they mirror that in anyway. I’m sure there must be an actual specific reason for his return, not just “I’m bored.”
Judging from the adverts, one of the first things he does is go to see Mycroft. I should imagine he sees Mycroft, Molly and Lestrade first, although the actual order of that I’m unsure on. Then Mrs Hudson and finally John.
Now we get to some spoilers…
We know that John is in a restaurant when he first encounters Sherlock, all dressed up for a night out and looking very dapper (we’ll ignore the moustache). I think he’s probably on a night out with Mary, or waiting for her to arrive. Maybe that’s the night he’s planning to propose to her, which is why he’s taken her to a really posh restaurant and is all dressed up.
Sherlock turns up, apparently dressed as a waiter or someone working in the restaurant. There’s a confrontation and an argument which results in them getting ejected from the premises. John stalks off down the road, Mary following quickly behind him. Seeing as they didn’t actually get to eat in the restaurant, they’re both still hungry and end up diving into a fast food take-out place. Sherlock catches up with them in there, wanting to continue his conversation with John. John isn’t having any of it. Another argument occurs during which John headbutts Sherlock and leaves him with a bloody nose. Mary says she’ll try and talk to John on Sherlock’s behalf.
At some point, John is kidnapped outside Baker Street, stabbed in the neck with a needle and bundled into a car. Sherlock and Mary realise he’s been taken and go to his rescue, with Sherlock epically commandeering a motorbike and Mary riding on the back clinging to his waist. They arrive at a big bonfire party (it’s Bonfire Night), where Sherlock disembarks and pushes his way urgently through the crowd, promptly rescuing John from the bonfire itself just in the nick of time. And he says he’s not a hero, pahhh!
This is pretty much all I know from spoilers. We know there’s a terrorist attack plot, so that’s going to be weaved in somewhere. Presumably it’s the terrorists – or someone linked to them – who kidnapped John.
I predict that Sherlock WILL describe how he faked his own death, despite John’s insistence that “I don’t care how you did it, I want to know why you did it…” Well, we all already know why he did it, we’re one step ahead of John on that point. We’re more interested in the ‘how’ and I’m sure John will be too, once he knows the ‘why’. It will be told in flashback style with Sherlock’s voice over, quick jump cuts to different moments, deductions. It’ll probably only take about a minute of screen time.
We also know he has some kind of press conference where he explains the fact that he’s not dead and so on. I presume we will learn a little bit about what he got up to when he was away. He will need to straighten everything out with the media and with Scotland Yard which, with Mycroft’s help, probably won’t take all that long. Again, a couple of scenes in actual screen time.
His changing relationship with Anderson will be interesting to watch. Anderson has had a complete character change really, from someone who was skeptical of Sherlock’s skills, was complicit in making fun of him (although not as active in it as someone like Donovan), and was essentially instrumental in his downfall thanks to him and Donovan falling for Moriarty’s hype and lies; to someone who is now a total Sherlock fanboy, plots his apparent sightings on a map, gives them case names, hangs out with a group of weird Sherlockians wearing deerstalkers etc. He’s lost his job, probably because he became so obsessed with Sherlock, and now wears a scruffy beard and looks generally disheveled. It’s obvious Sherlock’s death hit him hard. He, like John, WANTS to believe that Sherlock is still alive. He needs to have that belief, because it helps him deal with his own guilt.
That’s all I really have to say on the Empty Hearse right now. They’ve obviously taken the title from the Empty House so it will be interesting to see if they employ any of the other elements from that story. We’re also expecting a rat to be mentioned at some point, due to the original clues we were given – “rat, wedding, bow”.