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Having gone from relative celebrity and solid acclaim to national treasures in the space of three seasons, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman took some persuading to return to the show that made them household names, Sherlock. Speaking to BBC News, Steven Moffat commented that he didn’t expect the show to go beyond three seasons: “They...
- Andrew Reynolds
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created an inexhaustible source for filmmakers with his seminal character Sherlock Holmes. The cool, cerebral detective appeared in only four novels and 56 short stories, but IMDb shows 267 movie and TV adaptations, and the Guiness Book of World Records has listed Holmes as the "most portrayed movie character," starting with a 1900 Mutoscope film. Two television shows are currently running, both set in contemporary times: "Sherlock," starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role and Martin Freeman as his friend and chronicler Dr. John Watson, which began in 2010 and arguably initiated Cumberbatch's stardom; and "Elementary," created in 2012 and set in New York, with Jonny Lee Miller as the sleuth and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson. The latest entrant in the crowded field is "Mr. Holmes," based on the 2005 novel "A Slight Trick of the Mind," by Mitch Cullin, which finds Holmes in his retirement and »
- Meredith Brody
Penny Dreadful picked up three awards at the British Academy Television Craft Awards.
The period thriller series, produced by Neal Street with Showtime, triumphed in the Production Design, Make Up & Hair Design and Original Music categories.
BBC drama Sherlock received two Bafta craft awards: one for Sound: Fiction and the other for Editing: Fiction, taking its total tally of Baftas to nine in four years.
In terms of broadcasters, the awards were spread around. BBC1 led the way with six of the 20 awards, with Channel 4 picking up five.
ITV and Sky Atlantic won three awards each, while BBC2 landed two and BBC4 one.
The winners in full
The winners in full:
The Last Chance School - Minnow Films/Channel 4
BBC fantasy Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is already set to be our drama of the year. See the first full trailer here to find out why...
Prepare to hear a great deal more from us about Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell in the coming weeks. The short version: it's excellent and we urge you to tune in when it arrives on the BBC next month.
Writer Peter Harness (Doctor Who, Wallander), director Toby Haynes (Sherlock, Doctor Who, The Musketeers) and co. have done a magnificent job adapting Susanna Clarke's 2004 debut for this seven-part drama series - no mean feat, as those who've read the novel will understand.
For those who haven't, it's a story of magic in an alternative nineteenth century England, it brims with imagination, depth and beauty, and boasts an excellent cast led by Eddie Marsan and Bertie Carvel, including Marc Warren, Paul Kaye, Alice Englert, Charlotte Riley, »
Benedict Cumberbatch is feeling the pressure to gain weight for his next movie role. The 38-year-old actor - who starred in 'The Imitation Game' in 2014, and also appears in the BBC show 'Sherlock' - is said to be struggling to build muscle for his superhero role, as Doctor Strange, in the forthcoming Marvel film. An insider told The Sun newspaper: ''Doctor Strange was always muscly in the cartoons so Benedict has to look the part when they start filming in the autumn. ''Skinny Sherlock Holmes will be the last thing anyone thinks about.'' Benedict had to undergo a similarly grueling fitness regime in preparation for his starring role in the 2013 hit 'Star Trek Into Darkness', which he subsequently described as the most physically demanding role of his career. He said: ''I had to do a lot of training and I did a lot of eating. »
The ceremony, which celebrated behind-the-scenes talent in British television during 2014, took place tonight (April 26) and was hosted by Stephen Mangan.
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London — Supernatural horror series “Penny Dreadful” picked up three BAFTAs Sunday for its portrayal of a murky Victorian London, with wins in production design, makeup and hair design, and original music.
Other winners at the British Academy Television Craft Awards, which celebrates the best behind-the-scenes talent in British television of 2014, included “Sherlock,” which picked up BAFTAs for sound in a fiction show and editing in a fiction program.
Sally Wainwright cemented her status as one of the U.K.’s leading writers, receiving a BAFTA in the drama writer category for her rural police thriller “Happy Valley.” In the comedy writer category, Mackenzie Crook prevailed over strong competition to win the first BAFTA of his career for “Detectorists,” in which he also stars alongside Toby Jones.
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- Leo Barraclough
Even though Daniel Radcliffe may not be doing magic anymore, that hasn't stopped him from dabbling in the supernatural still. The actor has gone on to star in the gothic horror The Woman in Black and the bold fantasy thriller Horns, and now he's heading into familiar classic territory with Victor Frankenstein, which puts a new spin on Mary Shelley's original novel. James McAvoy plays the title doctor known for bringing a dead man back to life, and Radcliffe plays his sidekick Igor, without that trademark hump. Some first look photos have surfaced from the set, though they show the production as opposed to the story. Here's our first look at Paul McGuigan's Victor Frankenstein from Empire: Victor Frankenstein is directed by Paul Mcguigan ("Sherlock") and written by Max Landis (Chronicle). Inspired by Mary Shelly's classic tale, but told from Igor’s (Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter) perspective, »
- Ethan Anderton
20th Century Fox has today unveiled via Empire the first official behind-the-scenes photos from the upcoming gothic-horror Victor Frankenstein, which you can view right here…
Directed by Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin), the film stars James McAvoy (X-Men: Days of Future Past) as Viktor Von Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) as his famous servant Igor. But rather than a straight adaptation on Mary Shelley’s 19th century novel, the film focuses on Igor and tells the story of his origins as Frankenstein’s assistant through the discoveries and breakthroughs that made his master such a legend.
Chronicle‘s Max Landis has penned the script for the film, which also stars Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Freddie Fox (The Riot Club) and Sherlock alumni Mark Gatiss, Andrew Scott and Louise Brealey.
Victor Frankenstein opens in the UK on September 25th and on October 2nd in the Us.
- Scott J. Davis
Yesterday at CinemaCon, Fox showed the first Victor Frankenstein footage to attendees, and today, a couple of behind the scenes images have landed online. Directed by Paul McGuigan (Sherlock) and written by Max Landis (Chronicle), the latest take on Mary Shelley’s classic horror tale stars James McAvoy as the eponymous mad scientist and Daniel Radcliffe has his famous assistant. “As much as the monster is his creation, Igor is his creation as well,” McAvoy explained to Empire Magazine on set. “That was quite exciting. It’s funny, the script, but also really dark, in a cool way." While I think it’s easy to get worn out on Frankenstein, I’m more excited for this than I am for something like I, Frankenstein or whatever crossover nonsense Universal is planning for their creatures. The monster is important, but so is Victor Frankenstein, and I’m interested to see how »
- Matt Goldberg
The writer revealed that he and series co-creator Mark Gatiss have to pitch to Cumberbatch and Freeman before they'll sign on - and so far, so good.
Moffat was speaking to Digital Spy at last night's House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards Nominees party.
For more on the future of Sherlock, including when Moffat and Gatiss plan to start work on the next series, check out our video interview above.
The hugely popular drama will next return to BBC One in late 2015, airing a special non-canon episode set in 1895.
The House of Fraser BAFTA Television Awards will take place on Sunday, May 10.
St Patrick's Day gets a lot of love, what with all the pub going and the Guinness drinking. In comparison, England's St George's Day tends to be a much more low-key affair, but there is a benefit to this: an evening free to catch up on some great TV.
To celebrate dragon slaying and all the other things that make our country great, we've put together a list of the best films and television shows from the UK available to watch on Netflix right now:
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have both been heaped with praise for their roles as the dynamic duo of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, in stories that bring a modern twist to the classic mysteries.
The actress made an impression as Irene Adler in the second series opener 'A Scandal in Belgravia', and appeared in a brief cameo in a fantasy sequence in third series episode 'The Sign of Three'.
Asked if we will ever see her character again on the show, Pulver told Stylist: "I honestly don't know.
"I was on holiday and a young fan came up and asked for an autograph and said, 'You're filming the Christmas special right now, aren't you?'
"And I was like, 'Erm, it doesn't really look like I am!' I'd prefer to be in one episode of that calibre than flit around in the background."
The one-off episode had already been confirmed to be set in the Victorian era, but fans had questioned in which exact year it would take place.
"I can correct something that has been misreported," Gatiss told BBC News. "The series is set in 1895, not 1885."
When asked whether the ten years between 1885 and 1895 makes a difference, Gatiss replied: "It does, you wait and see, all the difference."
The year also features in the poem 221B, »
Lara Pulver has said that she had no problem turning down nude scenes in Da Vinci's Demons because they were unrealistic.
The actress sparked headlines back in 2012 for a brief scene in Sherlock which suggested that she was naked, even though it was edited so there was no actual on-screen nudity.
"When we first sat round the table reading it, it was one scene in a 90-minute episode," Pulver told Metro.
"Not once did I think, 'Oh god, I've got the naked scene coming up'."
She continued: "Steven Moffat said I'd auditioned naked to get the part, and I was like, 'You can't say that, young people will think that's what they have to do'.
Sherlock: All 9 episodes ranked from best to worst
"It has made me think much more about women on screen. I did the BBC Worldwide series Da Vinci's Demons and I couldn't justify what they »
Elementary always sides with the lunatics, which is just how we like it. Here's our review of this week's fun, varied episode...
This review contains spoilers.
3.19 A Stitch In Time
This week’s case was a picnic. A hamper full of Elementary entertainment. The episode may not have pushed along any arcs or provided new insights into our leads - no addiction, grieving, or relationship stuff here - but it was chock-full of diverting twists.
A Stitch In Time bound together elements from multiple genres into one fun Katamari of intrigue. A murder investigation became a ghost mystery, then a cyber-thriller, ending finally on the sort of wealthy white-collar criminal that Elementary repeatedly takes as its target.
Anyone who pays attention to the show would have fingered Colin Eisley for the perp from our first glimpse of that original Picasso. Eat the rich, says Elementary, well, the ones only interested in getting richer, »
Cannes — British actors David Harewood, Tobias Menzies, Neil Morrissey and Katherine Kelly have joined the cast of AMC and the BBC’s television adaptation of John Le Carre’s novel “The Night Manager,” which started filming last month.
They join previously announced thesps Hugh Laurie (“House”), Tom Hiddleston (“The Avengers”), Olivia Colman (“Broadchurch”), Tom Hollander (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”) and Elizabeth Debicki (“The Great Gatsby”), and director Susanne Bier (“In a Better World”).
Harewood is best known for his role in “Homeland,” while Morrissey was recently featured in “Line of Duty.” Kelly starred in two seasons of British drama “Mr. Selfridge,” and Menzies has made a name for himself in “Outlander,” “The Honorable Woman” and “Game of Thrones.”
A contemporary interpretation of Le Carre’s 1993 novel, »
- Leo Barraclough
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has called for people to “keep supporting independent cinema” after being confirmed as a patron of the Phoenix Cinema in the East Finchley area of London.
“We are all so lucky to be part of the magic that is cinema (on both sides of the screen) and it’s so important that we all work to preserve and develop it for generations to come,” he added.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The CW is bulking up with summer programming again this year, on Monday setting a slate that features three new series — including one that began as a digital series for the network — as well as three returning shows. Also of note are new nights for “America’s Next Top Model” and “Whose Line Is It Anyway.”
“Beauty and the Beast,” which had premiered in October in its first two seasons, will kick off summer for the network, with its third season airing Thursdays at 8 starting May 21.
“Penn & Teller: Fool Us” and “Whose Line Is It Anyway” will form a two-hour block on Mondays starting July 6. “Penn” will air hourlong originals in the 8 o’clock hour, followed by a “Whose Line” original at 9 and a repeat at 9:30. The improv comedy show had been airing on Fridays.
- Rick Kissell
Was Doctor Who SherLOCKED out of the BAFTAs? Well, it looks like that might be the case this year. This years’ nominees for the BAFTA TV awards have been announced and while Sherlock has received 2 nominations, one for Benedict Cumberbatch as Lead Actor as well being nominated for the Radio Times Audience Award, the Doctor...
- Rebecca Crockett
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