Elementary renewed for sixth series

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Half a decade ago, there was much hullaballoo when US network CBS announced that it was going to broadcast its own version of Sherlock Holmes, starring British actor Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. How dare they? screamed many Holmes die-hards, especially as the announcement was coming (very) soon after the successful Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss reboot for the BBC. While the BBC version became a global success and a bit of an enigma, catapulting Benedict Cumberbatch to superstardom, the US version also proved its worth. If the BBC’s Sherlock is all bangs and whistles and narrative pyrotechnics, the US version – Elementary – resembles a long-running and often deeply satisfying police procedural. And now it has been renewed for a sixth series. Continue reading

New Sherlock Holmes series to be set in Finland

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770px-2018-2019-sherlock-north-promo1It seems people just can’t get enough of Sherlock Holmes. With countless incarnations of cinema and TV screen, and with Britain’s own Benedict Cumberbatch-starring behemoth having just finished (the US version, Elementary, is still going strong-ish), Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic character just keep on going. And going. And going. In fact, now it’s going to Scandinavia and the Nordic countries… Continue reading

BBC reveals Sherlock season four episode titles

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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 13:00:00 on 31/08/2016 - Programme Name: Sherlock - TX: n/a - Episode: Sherlock - early release Sept (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: (L-R) Sherlock Holmes (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH), Dr John Watson (MARTIN FREEMAN) - (C) Hartswood Films - Photographer: Todd Antony

(C) Hartswood Films – Photographer: Todd Antony

I’m just catching up with a few things after a weekend away, and one of the things I was keeping half an eye on was the Sherlock convention in London. Usually during these things some announcements are made, and, right on cue, the BBC announced some episode titles for the upcoming fourth series. Not enormo news, granted, but episode titles do have a habit of letting us know what the stories might be. Continue reading

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 1st – Sunday 7th August)

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webANXsuspectss5e1It’s the Olympics from next Friday so expect a relatively quiet time of things for the next few weeks – a few half-decent continuing series, and a new series of the semi-improvised Channel 5 series, Suspects, heading things up. But let me take this opportunity to have a bit of go: Spike TV (which is scheduled by and part of the Channel 5 family) have dicked around with YET ANOTHER fantastic US show, Justified. It used to be on at the pretty late time of 11pm, but now the channel has moved it to 1am. It really does begger belief. Continue reading

Benedict Cumberbatch thought BBC ‘mad’ to go back to Victorian era

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new-sherlock-pictureIt’s not long now until Sherlock is back on our screens, and in the lead-up to the new New Year’s Day special there was much discussion about why Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss decided to go back to the Victorian/Edwardian era for the one-off. Apart from why not? the cast has spoken in a series of electronic press pack interviews and attempt to answer this question. Benedict Cumberbatch, for one, thought they were mad. Initially. The full videos are after the jump… Continue reading

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 7th – Sunday 13th December)

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PreyAs we head into the final month of the year, there’s no let up in crime drama on our tellyboxes. If anything things are set to hot up during festive period, with Chris Lunt’s Prey starting again this week, Luther the week after and then And Then There Were None and Sherlock looming large on the horizon. What a time to be alive. Continue reading

Stephen Mangan to play Houdini in new ITV Conan Doyle drama

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Stephen-Mangan-006We’ve just had an ITV drama featuring Sherlock Holmes creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but now the network has announced that it is returning to the 19th literary boss for more fictional stories. Like Arthur & George, Conan Doyle gets a partner in solving crime, but not quite the person you would imagine – the legendary escapologist Harry Houdini. Sound strange? Why yes, it does. But there’s a method behind the madness… Continue reading