January 3rd, 2012

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Sherlock smashes ALL Box Office records at The Umbrella Organisation

I have been running a wealth of Sherlock stories in the run-up to, and immediately following, the return of Sherlock to the BBC on New Year's Day. As a direct result, the hits on the Community have gone through the roof and all the Sherlock stories I have put up in the last few days have been getting huge numbers of hits.

But, the winning post, the one that has garnered the most hits this com has ever had in one day, now is ...

the true love of Sherlock's life

Photo credit: http://www.spoilertv.co.uk/images/sherlock/series-2/Promotional%20Episode%20Photos/Episode%202.01%20-%20A%20Scandal%20in%20Belgravia/788165-sherlock.jpg.php

The winning post is here:

That proves once and for all, if any proof were needed, that Benedict and Sherlock are THE winning combination - and top dog - as far as this Livejournal Community is concerned!
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Conan Doyle Museum and Centre for British and Irish Crime Writing

The Conan Doyle window in the Sherlock Holmes Pub
Photographer: Rakshita Patel

Academics for Undershaw

Mission Statement: To save Conan Doyle’s house for the Nation.

Cut and pasted from an email from David Charles Rose, who created and co-ordinates Academics for Undershaw:

Dear Colleagues,

"There could be no more appropriate use of the property than that proposed by Mr. Rose and Ms. Patel, to become a museum and center for the celebration and study of crime writing. I urge all crime writers everywhere to support their efforts."
– J. Madison Davis, President, The International Association of Crime Writers and Gaylord Family Endowed Chair of Professional Writing, the University of Oklahoma

This ringing endorsement of our cause ushers in the creation of Crime Writers for Undershaw, a sister list to Academics for Undershaw. Together they constitute the Undershaw Alliance, now numbering 480, dedicated to promoting the rescue of Undershaw and its conversion to public use.

As we move towards the High Court hearing in May, which will consider whether the planning permission for the destruction of Undershaw was perverse, we are amassing a very formidable body of informed and expert opinion: my thanks to all of you.
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National Television Awards (NTAs): Shortlist Voting Now Open

Photo credit: http://www.denofgeek.com/television/394167/bbc_releases_new_matt_smith_doctor_who_pictures.html

The National Television Awards were deeply traumatic for me last year. Sherlock should have won a number of awards. It lost out each and every time. I went into mourning.

But 2012 is a new year and the only way we can ensure that the best programmes win is if we vote and vote in large numbers. You can cast your votes here:

Voting closes at midday on 25 January and the ceremony will be broadcast live from the O2 on ITV1 on Wednesday 25 January at 7.30pm.

I have chosen to illustrate this story with an image from Doctor Who for reasons that will become apparent very quickly.

This is who I am backing:

Best Talent Show: Strictly Come Dancing
Best Drama: Doctor Who
Best Drama Performance Male: Matt Smith, the Doctor, Doctor Who
Best Drama Performance Female: Karen Gillen, Amy Pond, Doctor Who
Best Sit Com: Outnumbered (No Rev - how stupid is that?!)
Best Serial Drama: Eastenders
Best Serial Drama Performance: Jessie Wallace, Kat Moon, Eastenders
Best Reality Programme: The Apprentice
Best Entertainment Presenter: Ant and Dec

Let us hope that this year, the right programmes take home the awards - get your votes in now!

You can find out more about the NTAs here:
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Interview with Mark Gatiss, BBC website

Photo credit: http://blogtorwho.blogspot.com/2011/12/sherlock-promo-pics_22.html

As it is Mark Gatiss's episode "The Hounds of Baskerville", coming up next Sunday, I thought I would run the interview that Mark gave about the new series of Sherlock for the BBC website.

Selected highlights from the interview, cut and pasted from the BBC website:

Known to viewers as Mycroft, Sherlock's steely, mysterious older brother, Mark is also responsible for writing this series' episode two, The Hounds Of Baskerville, arguably, Conan Doyle's most famous book.

Mark discusses setting about updating such a classic. "My idea for Baskerville was, as ever, to look for the 'modern'. So rather than setting it in a spooky old house, I wanted to find the sort of thing that frightens us today. We're still a very credulous species but we tend to be more afraid of secret goings-on and conspiracy theories. So I thought, what about a scary weapons research place out on Dartmoor? Where secret animal experimentation or something similarly terrible was taking place."

"The reputation of the story was obviously a challenge", says Mark, "it's the most famous and best-loved of them all. No pressure! At its heart, though, it's a horror story and horror is a big part of the appeal of Sherlock Holmes. I wanted to make it the scariest version there's ever been. Trying to work that out almost killed me!"

Raks's comment - I cannot wait for the scariest version that there has ever been of the Hound! Also I LOVE horror!

Mark, a lifelong Conan Doyle fan, sheds some light on what he thinks it is that appeals to people about Sherlock. "He's a mass of contradictions and that makes him fascinating. He's cold, aloof, arrogant, dangerous, therefore, absolutely magnetically attractive."

Raks's comment - What appealed to me about Holmes was his intelligence, coupled with supreme arrogance. Like Dr Watson, I also love danger! And, of course, Benedict is both charismatic and attractive.

Follow the link to read the full interview with Mark Gatiss:
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Written on the Heart, RSC

Stephen Boxer as William Tyndale (left) and Oliver Ford Davies as Lancelot Andrewes (right).
Photo credit: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/theatre-reviews/8877461/Written-on-the-Heart-RSC-Swan-Theatre-Stratford-upon-Avon-review.html

Cut and pasted from the RSC website:

The Royal Shakespeare Company celebrates the 400th anniversary of the making of the King James Bible with a new play by acclaimed playwright David Edgar.

Across an 80 year divide, two men (William Tyndale and Lancelot Andrewes) translate the word of God into the English tongue. For one, it means death at the stake. For the other, it could mean an archbishop's mitre.

After almost a century of unrest, the King James Bible was intended to end the violent upheavals of the English reformation. But deep-seated conflicts force a leading translator to confront the betrayal of his youthful religious ideals, for the sake of social peace.

Written on the Heart plays at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, until 10 March 2012.

Follow the link for more details:

Raks's Reaction

This is not a theatre review; it is a heartfelt and personal reaction to the play. I saw it on Friday 30 December.

This play was the story of how the Bible was translated into English, my mother tongue. I have taken the fact that I can read the Bible in English for granted. But, having seen this piece, I now realise that the Bible in English was a long time coming - people were denied access to the Bible in their mother tongue for many centuries. I realise how many people died for it (Tyndale, one of the first translators of the Bible into English, and on whose translation the King James Bible is firmly based, was burnt for heresy; his crime being that he wanted to translate the Bible into English so that everyman could have access to it). I realise how every single word and nuance was considered, debated, contested and fought over. What this made me think was that we all need to be much more appreciative of the things that we have in today's modern world that were not available to our ancestors. The Bible in English did not fall from the sky. People fought for and died so that we could have it. I am ashamed to say I had never really thought about this until I saw this piece.