Join Sherlock’s Network

Available now only on iPad and iPhone, BBC have released an app letting you join Sherlock’s Homeless Network. With 30 minutes of exclusive footage,  the app features a whole new mystery for you and Sherlock to crack. Have a look at the video the BBC have released to announce it:

Here’s hoping the game will be released on other smartphones and devices soon.

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Sherlock Update

WARNING: SPOILERS!

According to a Digital Spy article dated January 9th, whilst series 4 of Sherlock has not yet been confirmed by the BBC, it is expected to be announced soon. Airing to 8.77 million viewers around the UK, His Last Vow aired last night to great critical acclaim and saw the return of Sherlock’s nemesis, Moriarty saying, “missed me?”

Moffat says he and Gatiss have already planned out series 4 and 5 and, if given the green light by the BBC, will begin filming as soon as Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman’s schedules allow.

For more information, take a look at the Digital Spy article here: http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/s129/sherlock/news/a542627/sherlock-series-4-and-5-already-plotted-out-says-steven-moffat.html

UPDATE: It appears the BBC has indeed green lighted series 4 as the producers of Sherlock are being pressured to get the next series of Sherlock made in time for Christmas 2014. This is information is coming from the Daily Mail website: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2538467/Sherlock-time-Christmas-BBC-bosses-urge-producers-fast-track-new-episodes.html

Final countdown for Sherlock’s return-BBC News

Sherlock returns tonight at 9PM on BBC One.

The BBC has published a (spoiler-free!) article ahead of the return of the acclaimed series. Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Steven moffat and Mark Gatiss, who wrote tonight’s episode, have all  spoken to reveal their feelings of writing and reading the script, their surprise at how big the show had become and the nerves that came with filming in front of fans! They also address the copious amounts of fan work featuring John and Sherlock as lovers.

The article can be read here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-25547524

The Empty Hearse  will be broadcast tonight in the UK on BBC One at 9pm.

 

Sherlock Series 3 Preview

If you are trying to avoid anything series 3 related, don’t read any further.

Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch have discussed just a little about what we can expect from Sherlock series 3 in this little video:

If you have iTunes, check out the Store to download a FREE 2 part Meet The Makers documentary. Search “Sherlock Series 3” but be aware that the videos have been marked as having possibly spoilers in them.

Episode 1 of Sherlock Series 3, The Empty Hearse, will be broadcast on New Years Day on BBC 1 at 9PM and will be available on iPlayer later.

 

Sherlock Series 3 Prequel Mini-Episode: Many Happy Returns

The BBC has uploaded a prequel mini-episode for series 3 of Sherlock on their YouTube channel. It seems Sherlock might not have been entirely hidden for the past two years after all. You can watch it here:

Episode 1 of series 3, Empty Hearse, will air in the UK on BBC 1 at 9PM on New Years Day.

Film Review: The Hobbit 2, The Desolation of Smaug

Let me state now, I have NOT read the book. It is on my Kindle, ready to be read. Also, I will try to make this review with as few, if any, spoilers as possible.

Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), his company of 12 dwarves and 1 hobbit continue their journey through Thranduil’s (Lee Pace) kingdom of Mirkwood, where they encounter more than just Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), Laketown and up the Lonely Mountain. There, Bilbo (Martin Freeman) encounters Smaug the Dragon (Benedict Cumberbatch) in his search for the Arkenstone. Meanwhile, Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) leaves the company again to investigate strange rumours with Radagast (Sylvester McCoy) and find himself in more trouble than anticipated.

This film is a wonderful sequel to the previous film, furthering the story at good pace and expanding the world of Middle Earth. This film starts creating the groundwork and links to the Lord Of The Rings (LOTR) films and features either the same or similar themes that are present in LOTR and featured in the first Hobbit film too.

Greed and obsession are shown through Bilbo succumbing to the power of the ring and through Thorin’s determination to get the Arkenstone at any cost. This is a brilliant parallel between the stories as well as linking the Hobbit films to the original LOTR stories.

Tolkein’s languages are utilised well in this adaptation to give different areas of Middle Earth a specific feel and defines each race in the world. They are also used in such a way that they don’t alienate audiences who have not read any of his work. The writing of this film has the right measures of laughs and shocks and keeps children and adults alike entertained all the way through. The cliffhanger ending is well executed and leaves audiences wanting more.

Weta Digital and Weta Workshop has done a fantastic job again, especially with Smaug the Dragon. He is animated in such detail that combined with the script, audiences would believe that he is real!

The music yet again is a triumph for Howard Shore. Again, the music is easily recognisable as a part of the landscape of Middle Earth but also distinct to the Hobbit (soon-to-be) Trilogy. There are snippets of music from the original LOTR, such as Concerning Hobbits.  Ed Sheeran’s song at the end, I See Fire, fits the film perfectly and is very addictive listening. I keep listening to that song and have done so since I found the song a few weeks ago.

The only concern I have is with the River Barrels scene. There are certain shots that seem very at odds with the rest of the film and do seem to have been put in more for it being viewed in 3D. Whilst it might make sense to have those shots in for 3D, it does jerk the audience out of the film, breaking the suspension of disbelief which is a real shame as the film overall is very well done, from the script, the performances from the actors, the work of Weta and the music.

This is a personal thing but I went into watching the film expecting to be thinking “that’s not Smaug and Bilbo talking together! That’s Sherlock and John!” Instead I found myself thinking, “why is the Seventh Doctor with Gandalf?!”

The film overall is excellent and avoids the second film slump. It is pleasing to fans old and new and is a triumph of film making. Peter Jackson and everyone involved in the film have done excellent and will allow audiences to leave satisfied and looking forward to the next film when it comes out. I highly recommend going to see this film.

#SherlockLives Series 3 Trailer

It seems the BBC is trying to kill us all with feels as right after the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special finished, they released this trailer:

As well as the trailer, Dr John Watson has started blogging again. Have a look at his latest entry here. He says he is writing up case notes from old cases and there appears to be someone named Mary writing in the comments section.