Does this have any confirmation yet?
There is no set air date for Series 3 yet, and there probably won’t be one for quite a while.
Per the report from a fan’s recent discussion with producer Sue Vertue, we’re looking at something more like January 2014. Maybe December 2013. Definitely not November. (Which puts us in the same sucky place we were last time around when it comes to American TV scheduling.)
Don’t misinterpret the chart—I’m not saying you automatically are a jerk if you do any of these things. I’m saying you should assess the situation before you act, and then decide whether to act at all based on the level of jerkitude detected in your assessment. Y’know, like you should in any other situation.
We’re not all going to agree on where the “jerk” line is. But if we all focus really hard on that “think it through ahead of time” thing, we stand a better chance of surviving the next few months.
Filming on Sherlock Series Three is about to enter an important stage.
Sue Vertue, producer on the series, has sent us the following statement:
Hi, Sue Vertue here.
As many of you are aware, we’ll soon be embarking on our first London leg of filming for series 3. I’m also aware that there is quite a lot of speculation about where we’re shooting when. I can’t stress how much we the Producers and Benedict, Martin and the rest of the cast appreciate your love and dedication to our show - we’ll endeavour to live up to your expectations for Series 3.
What I am nervous about is that our London shooting schedule is punishing and will really give us very little time to interact with you. The actors really hope you understand that.
Also, and I know this is probably asking a lot, the majority of fans and indeed ourselves would REALLY appreciate it if you didn’t post pictures or spoilers or ideally our daily locations.
Thanks for your understanding. Sue x
We’ve just heard from Sue Vertue that to mark the start of Sherlock filming tomorrow, we MIGHT find out the title of S3E1… So stay tuned!
Well, I was doing a more detailed post on this but since it’s come up:
I DO NOT CONSIDER EPISODE TITLES SPOILERS.
You can block my “series 3” tag in addition to my “sherlock spoilers” tag if you want, or just go ahead and bail out now for maximum safety. No hard feelings.
Sherlock: A Masterclass at the Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival
The complete hour long recording of the Sherlock Masterclass at MGEITF 2012 with Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Sue Vertue and Andrew Scott that took place on Friday August 24 2012 has just been released, and we’ve included it above for viewing.
Thanks to the team at MX Publishing, we’re excited to bring you this exclusive interview with Sherlock producer Sue Vertue on the genesis of the BBC series. The interview was carried out as part of this month’s Sherlock Holmes week and in support of the Save Undershaw campaign, for which Mark Gatiss is also a Trust patron.
Sue Vertue, Andrew Scott, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss collect the Terrestrial Programme of the Year Award at MGEITF 2012.
August 24 2012 was a hugely successful day at the Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival for Sherlock, seeing a fantastic and informative Masterclass panel, the unveiling of the first hints of possible plotlines for Series Three, and two more awards to add the ever growing collection at Hartswood Films.
Read on for our in-depth write up of the Masterclass panel and the Awards wins, though please note we have summarised much of what was said to avoid any misquoting.
I guess this has been said before but doesn’t it strike you as odd that Andrew Scott was with Gatiss/Moffat at that interview? and said that Moriarty IS great fun to play (immediately shushed by the other two: “WAS!!!!” they said as of one voice. And do I not remember from ACD canon that Professor Moriarty had a brother called James? Oh I do hope we get more Moriarty, as well as Moran.
It doesn’t strike me as the slightest bit odd that Andrew Scott was there. He was at that interview because it was part of coverage of the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International TV Festival 2012, and Andrew was part of the MGEITF Sherlock Masterclass along with Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat. (Sue Vertue was also part of the Masterclass, but not the interview.)
Before anybody starts arguing that it was suspicious for Andrew to be part of the Masterclass in the first place—no. He wasn’t even the one who was supposed to be there originally. Andrew only stepped in after Benedict Cumberbatch had to cancel.
As title character, Benedict is obviously going to be the first choice of Sherlock actors for a TV Festival to have as guest. With all due respect to the rest of the very talented cast, I’d say that Martin Freeman and Andrew Scott are the only other people to call in as an “equivalent” replacement for Benedict. Andrew won a BAFTA for Sherlock this year, and was obviously available to appear. And they weren’t discussing details of the Series 3 plot, so Andrew’s input as someone who appeared in Series 1 and 2 was perfectly relevant.
The “is”/”was” thing in the interview was just funny. They’ve all been keeping quiet about whether Jim was really dead until very recently, so they’re probably enjoying being able to speak more freely now. And sure, Andrew said “is.” But it’s not like he was playing Jim at the moment he said it, whether you believe everyone is participating in a massive cover-up or not. I wouldn’t read too much into it.
Jim is dead. That doesn’t mean we won’t ever see him again—I won’t be the slightest bit surprised if there was extra footage shot of Andrew during Reichenbach filming that turns up as part of the next episode, for example. But the character is dead.
Last point: Yes, Professor Moriarty had a brother named James in canon. Actually, the name belonged to his brother first.
From the first paragraph of The Final Problem:
My hand has been forced, however, by the recent letters in which Colonel James Moriarty defends the memory of his brother, and I have no choice but to lay the facts before the public exactly as they occurred.
Professor Moriarty was later assigned the first name James as well. Because Arthur Conan Doyle basically couldn’t be bothered to keep track of stuff like that.
The two quotes above (from DigitalSpy’s MGEITF Sherlock Masterclass liveblog) plus Rebecca Eaton of PBS/Masterpiece saying she expected a 2013 airdate plus the fact that autumn is actually a sweeps period for the U.S., and I’m feeling really hopeful about the possibility that Americans won’t have the same ridiculous “it’s already aired everywhere else” wait for Series 3 that we did for Series 2.
(There was also an unconfirmed report today that David Arnold suggested a possible October 2013 airdate.)
Mark Gatiss: It’s absolutely amazing. I mean, it really is. It’s, it’s taken us all by surprise, and… See that map of the world, there. There’re… The graffiti’s turned up in places where I didn’t even know they had TV.
Sue Vertue: Yes, we can’t encourage that.
Steven Moffat: I love it, it’s on the movie poster. That was very cheeky.
Mark Gatiss: The pavement is made of rubber, and… We did have some people, lots of people saying that, which is amazing. You know, you… Some people have scrutinized it in unbelievable detail, which of course is… can never be the way it’s meant to be watched. Most people, if they watch it at all, watch it, half of it, or they watch it once. And people have done huge blowups of Martin’s ear, and all these clues which are obviously not there, not meant to be a thing. And one of them that people are saying, “Well, obviously Moriarty’s not dead because he would… we would’ve seen the back of his head come off.”
Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue laugh.
Gatiss: Well, yes, but this went out half past nine on BBC One. We’re not allowed to do things like that! That’s not a clue, that’s just called censorship.
Moffat: That just proves that Andrew Scott didn’t really get shot.
If you already watched the video or otherwise don’t care about this, just block the tag #tvfestival and all will be well.