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Sherlock executive producer Steven Moffat teased last week that the new season will be much darker than seasons past, stating that parts of Season 4 will be "bloody frightening." While fans continue the long wait for Season 4, which won't air until early 2016, Steven Moffat is also working on Season 9 of Doctor Who, slated to debut sometime this fall on both BBC and BBC America. Since Steven Moffat serves as the head writer and executive producer on both shows, many fans have wondered about the possibility of a crossover, especially since Steven Moffat teased last year that he is open to the idea. However, the writer-producer revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that he wants to give the people what they want in a crossover, but executive producers Mark Gatiss, Sue Vertue and Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have persuaded him that a crossover is a bad idea.
Both the upcoming fourth season of The BBC's "Sherlock," and the recent season of "Doctor Who" see the two shows taking darker turns than previous years. Even so, fans have long clamored for some sort of crossover of the two as both are owned by the Beeb and both run by executive producer Steven Moffat.
Speaking about the idea with Entertainment Weekly recently, Moffat says he's up for it but the cast members and the other executive producers persuaded him out of it:
"My instinct - and this is probably from years of doing Doctor Who - is I'm just such a tart. If people want to, we should give it to them. But I got persuaded by Mark, Benedict, [executive producer Sue Vertue] and Martin saying, 'Look, it will never be as good as they think it's going to be,' and then I say, 'Yes, but we'll just bang it out and make it as good. »
- Garth Franklin
Steven Moffat has already declared that yes, actually, he would like a Doctor Who/Sherlock crossover, but if you’ve been keeping an eye on the start of the UK election, you may have seen a mashing of the two shows in a slightly different sense. The Labour Party has produced a party political broadcast starring Martin Freeman,...
- Christian Cawley
Mark Gatiss has said that he would "fight to the death" to save the BBC from cuts and negative attacks.
The Sherlock writer and actor told the Big Issue that the BBC is in "serious danger" of being severely slimmed down.
He said: "Death of a thousand cuts is what will kill the BBC. And it is a very, very dangerous situation we are in right now where the licence fee is being diminished, budgets are shrinking and it is under merciless, daily attack from [Rupert] Murdoch and other vested interests.
"It is imperfect, as all big institutions are, but if we lose it, we will have lost it forever. It stuns me. For the rest of the world, it is such a badge of quality, such a badge of honour. It opens doors and borders everywhere, yet it is a prophet without honour in its own land."
Gatiss added that »
Executive producer of Doctor Who and Sherlock Steven Moffat, this week expressed his desire to consider writing and producing a Sherlock and Doctor Who crossover. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Moffat stated ‘if people want to, we should give it to them’. Previously, Moffat himself had expressed his dislike for a Sherlock and Doctor...
- Connor Farley
There's been plenty of speculation about Sherlock Holmes's sexual orientation among Sherlock viewers and fanfiction writers, and recently Benedict Cumberbatch sparked a new round of discussion with a comment he made on Chris Hardwick's "Nerdist" podcast. "They've got different dress senses, different taste in the sex of their partners," Cumberbatch said when comparing the Doctor (from Doctor Who) and Sherlock. But Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat, who's been working on season four (finally!) of his show, had some thoughts on the matter. "It’s a funny thing when a character for over 100 years has been saying, ‘I don’t do that at all,'" Moffat told EW. "[Sherlock]’s not interested in [sex]. He’s willfully staying away from that to keep his brain pure — a Victorian belief, that. But everyone wants to believe he’s gay. He’s not gay. He’s not straight." In an interview with New York's Jada Yuan last year, »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Labour has recruited actors Martin Freeman and David Tennant to appear in its first party election broadcast. Freeman, who starred in Sherlock and The Hobbit, will declare that he is backing Ed Miliband and warn the Conservatives have “sod all to offer the young”. “Really, for me, there’s only one choice, and I choose Labour,” he said.
A voiceover is supplied by Tennant, who played Doctor Who and had a leading role in Broadchurch. “This election is a choice between the Tories’ failing plan and Labour’s better plan for working families. Britain succeeds when working people succeed. Vote Labour on May 7,” Tennant says at the end.
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- Rowena Mason Political correspondent
This is a round-up of news relating to Sherlock's fourth series. (We say news. We're being a tad optimistic there.)
To read about on the one-off Victorian-set Sherlock special, due to air at an as-yet-undisclosed-date-but-probably-Christmas this year, please see here.
This Entertainment Weekly interview with Steven Moffat provided a few characteristic teases from the Sherlock showrunner, including the promise that series four would contain answers "to questions which nobody has asked" (Sherlock's Gcse results? Mycroft's shoe size? We're just spitballing here). Moffat continued, "we're very exultant about a little thing we've set up that no one is talking about". Fingers at the ready, people, and let the chin-stroking commence...
Asked what the theme of series four would be, Moffat said "It's consequences. Chickens come home to roost. It's dark in »
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat has been discussing the upcoming fourth series of the acclaimed detective drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, teasing what’s to come with the new episodes, and how series four will distinguish itself from the first three.
“There are answers coming to questions which nobody has asked. There’s one thing that no one has really brought up… We’ve actually set up something, I think—[co-creator Mark Gatiss] and me, we’re very exultant about a little thing we’ve set up that no one is talking about… We haven’t started writing it yet, so it’s early. The first series was all about the beginning of their friendship. Second about the formative stages, the love and fear and loss and all that. The third was good days, me and my pal and my pal’s wife. Those are golden days. »
- Gary Collinson
Moffat said that the series will represent "an emotional upheaval", and leave fans desperate for series 5.
Hinting at plot developments, Moffat said: "There are answers coming to questions which nobody has asked. There's one thing that no one has really brought up…"
He went on to say that sometimes fans of the show overlook what he considers to be important points in the plot.
"Sometimes people go mad for one thing we think is quite trivial and completely ignore something we think is standing right in front of you."
In the interview with Entertainment Weekly, Moffat also spoke about the evolution of show, from the forming of a friendship to the fear of losing loved ones.
"[Season four] is going to be… I suppose you'd say… consequences. It's consequences. Chickens come to roost. It's dark in some ways - obviously it's »
Oh, welcome back, Mr. Bond. (Oh, and Skyfall spoiler ahead...) The first teaser trailer for the new 007 movie Spectre was released on Friday and shows star Daniel Craig hot on the trail of yet another shady syndicate of nefarious types, this time adrift from MI6, fresh off the loss of M and brooding more than ever. Aka, he's "a kite dancing in a hurricane," as it's put to him to so perfectly. The movie is the 24th James Bond film and also stars newcomers Monica Bellucci,Léa Seydoux, Stephanie Sigman, Sherlock's Andrew Scott and and Christoph Waltz, who is playing a character named Franz Oberhauser. Many 007 fans have speculated »
There’s still no airdate set for the fourth season of “Sherlock,” but in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, notoriously tight-lipped co-creator Steven Moffat did offer some vague clues to tease fans.
“There are some answers coming to questions nobody has asked,” he said. “We’re very exultant about a little thing we’ve set up that no one is talking about.”
That statement follows his cryptic remarks from backstage at the 2014 Emmys, when he told reporters: “We have a plan to top (last season), and I do think our plan is devastating. We practically reduced our cast to tears by telling them the plan.”
Diehard fans of the show are sure to be “desperate for series five” after they’re through with four, he said. “We’re certainly going to put them through the mill. It’s going to be more of an emotional upheaval.”
In the interview, »
- Marianne Zumberge
Bond is back. Though the flick is still filming, Sony just released the first teaser trailer for their next James Bond film, "Spectre." Picking up after the events of "Skyfall," the film will follow 007 as he tangles with the terrorist group mentioned in the title. Here's the official synopsis: "A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre" For the unitiated, Spectre stands for SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion ... and was seen in early Bond films like "You Only Live Twice" and "Thunderball." The group was led by Ernst Stavro Blofeld in those films -- and the character is rumored to return for this new flick in the form of Christoph Waltz. He's at »
- tooFab Staff
Earlier this month, new details surfaced regarding Sherlock's highly-anticipated Christmas special, which will take Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and John Watson (Martin Freeman) back to Victorian England. That special will air later this year, with Season 4 set to follow sometime in early 2016, although a specific release date has not been given. Series co-creator Steven Moffat offered some new details regarding Season 4 to Entertainment Weekly, teasing that he and co-creator Mark Gatiss have not started writing the season yet, but that the new episodes will center on "consequences."
"We haven't started writing it yet, so it's early. The first series was all about the beginning of their friendship. Second about the formative stages, the love and fear and loss and all that. The third was good days, me and my pal and my pal's wife. Those are golden days. The missing element in a lot of Sherlock Holmes adaptations is allowing it to be funny. »
With this year's standalone Christmas special completed, things are already being prepped for a fourth season of The BBC's "Sherlock" which is expected to go into production shortly for airing in 2016.
In a new interview with EW, series co-creator Steven Moffat revealed a couple of details about what's in store and offered thoughts on several related subjects.
First up, like the previous seasons, this will be three standalone 90-minute telemovies with an ongoing storyline thread throughout all three. Moffat says the new season will be darker and it will deal quite a bit with consequences:
"The first series was all about the beginning of their friendship. Second about the formative stages, the love and fear and loss and all that. The third was good days, me and my pal and my pal's wife. Those are golden days. The missing element in a lot of Sherlock Holmes adaptations is allowing it to be funny. »
- Garth Franklin
Spectre, the title of the next 007 film, is actually a callback to S.P.E.C.T.R.E. – the Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion – an anti-MI6 (with a pretty great acronym) that made its first appearance in Dr. No (1962). Honestly, as much as we love James Bond (Daniel Craig) and all of his one-letter friends, you have to get behind an evil corporation with the word “Revenge” in their name.
Even though Dame Judi Dench won’t be reprising her role of M, the cast for Spectre is still stacked, boasting Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Monica Belluci, Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Colour), Andrew Scott (“Sherlock”), and Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy).
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- Sasha James
When it comes to the BBC's Sherlock, series co-creator Steven Moffat is nearly in Matthew Weiner territory regarding secrecy. But in a recent interview with EW, the Sherlock scribe shared a few tidbits about what fans can expect from the new season, and his thoughts on piracy, fan fiction, and more: 1. The Format Let's get the basics down, first: Moffat says there will be three stand-alone films that are 90 minutes each, like the other seasons. There will also be an ongoing mystery (again, like the prior three seasons have had). The game is afoot! [caption id="attachment_311921" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via PBS[/caption] 2. The Story Regarding the trajectory of the Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) / John Watson (Martin Freeman) relationship, that: The first series was all about the beginning of their friendship. Second about the formative stages, the love and fear and loss and all that. The third was good days, me and my pal and my pal’s wife. »
- Allison Keene
Benedict Cumberbatch paid tribute to Richard III, a 15th-century British monarch and warrior whose remains were found under a parking lot almost three years ago, with a reading of a poem at his reburial ceremony at Leicester Cathedral in England on Thursday. The late king, one of the most violent in British history, was the subject of one of William Shakespeare's most famous plays and the Sherlock actor is playing the role in an upcoming BBC series called The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses (see photo). He is also a distant cousin of Richard (as are potentially millions of other people in the U.K.), according to University of Leicester historian Professor Kevin Schürer. Inside the »
Star Trek 3 is placed in a quandary. How does it up the villain ante after Benedict Cumberbatch.s Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness? The second installment had its fair share of critics . actually, a lot of them . but the Sherlock star bathed his lines with glorious purpose. Who could possibly top that? How about Idris Elba? Variety reports that the Luthor star and hoped-for future Bond star is being eyed for the lead villain role of Star Trek 3. The trade reports that he.s even in early talks to take it on. Heinsenburg himself, Bryan Cranston, was rumored to be up for a villain role, which now seems to be just over-hyped Internet banter. But what could the villain be, possibly? The hot rumor is that Klingons will have something to do with what.s going in the events to come. They popped up very briefly in Into Darkness »
London — Psychological thriller “Penny Dreadful” leads the race for BAFTA’s Television Craft Awards with five nominations.
There are four nominations each for “The Honorable Woman,” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, and documentary “Life & Death Row,” while “Strictly Come Dancing,” “Peaky Blinders” and “Da Vinci’s Demons” each received three nominations.
Among free-tv networks, BBC led the chart with 46 nominations, while Channel 4 had 13, and ITV had 10, while pay TV operator Sky had six.
There were two nominations for “Ripper Street,” marking the first BAFTA nominations for a program shown exclusively on Amazon’s streaming platform, Prime Instant Video.
Vision mixer Hilary Briegel will receive the BAFTA Special Award at the ceremony, which will be held on April 26 at The Brewery, »
- Leo Barraclough
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