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Unlocking Sherlock (2014)

A television documentary from 2014, this 56 minute short film explores the BBC television series "Sherlock" with interviews by the actors and writers of the show. Fans are given a ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Zeb Soanes Zeb Soanes ... Narrator (voice)
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Self
Steven Moffat ... Self
Mark Gatiss ... Self
Alan Barnes Alan Barnes ... Self
Arthur Conan Doyle ... Self (archive footage)
Jonathan Aris ... Self
Tanya Moodie ... Self
Martin Freeman ... Self
Sue Vertue ... Self
Andrew Scott ... Self
Lara Pulver ... Self
Louise Brealey ... Self


A television documentary from 2014, this 56 minute short film explores the BBC television series "Sherlock" with interviews by the actors and writers of the show. Fans are given a behind-the-scenes look at the passion and process of bringing sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most beloved character to the screen. Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat (creators of BBC's "Sherlock") see their lifelong dream achieved by giving their boyhood hero new life in this modern adaptation set in 21st century London. Because of their love of Doyle's master detective, Gatiss and Moffat try to stick closely to the original stories. They succeeded. So much so that, in a repeat of the 1893 event in which Doyle killed off Sherlock Holmes from his stories, today's audiences (more than 100years later) were just as distraught at the death of their beloved hero. Sherlock Holmes fans, both then and now, came up with their own theories as to how Holmes may have survived. If you love this show, you will thoroughly enjoy "... Written by Anonymous

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very enjoyable
6 July 2014 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Steven Moffat, Mark Gattis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Lara Pulver, and others from the cast of the modernized "Sherlock Holmes" talk about the popular series, the evolution of Sherlock Holmes in history, and certain decisions that were made for their particular series.

I found this fascinating. One reason is that the documentary contained an actual interview with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and I had never heard him speak. They also showed scenes from some of the very earliest silent films featuring Holmes, which were done in London, so one could see what it was like then.

Another thing discussed was the importance of the character of Watson, and how it was Nigel Bruce who actually brought that character to prominence from that point forward. I never cared for Bruce's performance. I think he made Watson a fool, and I found Sherlock sometimes quite condescending to him. However, it turns out that Bruce's interpretation is quite important in the film canon and for future Watsons.

There were drawings of the original Sherlocks, based on the description in the stories, and various Sherlocks were shown over the years - William Gillette, Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett, Peter Cushing, and others.

Of course, for me, the star was Benedict Cumberbatch. Amazingly, after he was cast, the producers looked accusingly at the creators and said, "You promised us a sexy one." Your point? They got one.

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18 May 2014 (Japan) See more »

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Bakom kulisserna: Nya Sherlock See more »

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Midnight Oil Pictures See more »
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1.78 : 1
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