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This method of sitting and style of leather armchair is in the public domain and thus no iteration of Sherlock Holmes can claim it as its sole intellectual property. They only didn't use it in Mr Holmes because Ian McKellen is like ninety and he couldn't manage it without his knees cracking.
(NB no, Google Images doesn't have any pictures of Robert Downey Jr's Holmes sitting like this. My point still stands.)
The marked increase in comic touches in the New Year's Day episode pointed the way and tonight we got it: a flat-out Sherlock comedy. A wedding comedy, no less, with a bungling best man to boot. I enjoyed it a lot, but I couldn't help thinking it's hard to get away with this sort of thing when you're only doing three episodes every two years.
A while back I said to Ed we should do something about Christmas telly, like a rundown of what's on over the festive period. And he said, in a J. Jonah Jameson kind of way: "We need a gag, you fool; a reason for it to exist!" I imagine he was smoking a cigar at that point. So here is that reason. I've scoured the pages of the Sunday Times
' two-week Christmas Culture magazine to find the best/funniest/stupidest things on television. And I'm going to compare them with Christmas presents. Stay with me: this is definitely a thing.
Sherlock and his scarf return to our screens on January 1st. And it's been a long time coming. Seriously, it was bloody ages ago when we all watched him lob himself off that building. Ahead of his return the BBC have teased and tantalised us with a whole host of pictures. But what do they mean?
, American TV had only one Sherlock Holmes series, back in the 1950s. Its episode titles suggest a Holmes less preoccupied by heroin, iPhones and Vinnie Jones.
We spent 2012 doing what we do best: watching TV and putting off writing about it. And my stars, the things we've seen. If only there were some way to convey our preferences of one thing over another through hierarchical structuring. Wait a minute ...
I heard someone had made a Sherlock manga, so I went looking for it. Now I can never unsee this.
San Diego Comic-Con 2012 happened this weekend, and all sorts of new trailers and announcements were unveiled. I couldn't go, as the State of California requires me to be more than 200 yards away from Emily Blunt at all times. It was all a big misunderstanding: I wasn't hiding under her car; I was just looking under it for my contact lens.
Now Megaupload's been taken offline, it's time to stumble bleary-eyed into HMV again and wander up and down the DVD aisle, thinking, "Shit, I used to pay
for these, didn't I? How does that work again?" [insert legal disclaimer here]
Martin Freeman, we are told in every review of everything he's ever been in, from the BBC's Sherlock to his local Mecca Bingo, is an everyman. But is he
...? (*tension music*)