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Sherlock sizzles at first SDCC panel * 19 July 2013

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Sherlock has received a huge Stateside seal of approval at its first event during the world famous comic fan convention in San Diego, California.  The show, produced by Hartswood Films for the BBC and co-produced by US partner Masterpiece for broadcast on PBS in America, is on a break from filming its hotly anticipated third series and was invited to the world famous entertainment convention to give fans a taste of things to come.  It was one of only two British shows in its line-up. 

To a packed out crowd of over 4000 people in the huge Ballroom 20 of the San Diego Convention Center, producer Sue Vertue and co-creators / executive producers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss discussed the peculiarities of their take on Conan Doyle's famous novels, the increasing popularity of the show across the globe and the gratification of working with actors who have, since the series began, gone on to become major Hollywood stars. 

As part of the 60-minute talk, fans were treated to a specially recorded video from Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, both of whom were unable to attend the event. You can see that footage below, kindly provided directly to Sherlockology by Hartswood Films and BBC Worldwide as a UK site exclusive.

In addition, attendees at the panel were shown a sneak peek of rough cut footage from S3E2: The Sign of Three, which will air on the BBC in the UK and Masterpiece in the US in the coming months. As the footage was incomplete, it will not be released online.

Speaking at the event on how long the series might continue producer Sue Vertue said:  'As long as everyone wants to keep on doing it, we'll keep doing it,' while also revealing that both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are optioned on a possible fourth series, pending a recommission by the BBC and Masterpiece.  

Mark Gatiss added "There's something lovely about Benedict and Martin sitting around a fireplace aged 55 dealing with problems of old age." 

Steven Moffat discussed his passion for Arthur Conan Doyle's work saying, "They're simply the best stories of all time and make for brilliant TV when TV wasn't even invented yet…he's covered it all, he's brilliant." On the tone of Series Three, he commented that the new series is 'slightly more human, slightly more real.'

In addition, BBC Worldwide informs us that following on from the successful launch of the Sherlock branded Cluedo board game in 2012, BBC Worldwide Consumer Products are planning a fuller range of Sherlock merchandise next year. 

Enclosed below is the video message played at the panel featuring Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch, kindly provided to us by Hartswood Films and BBC Worldwide.




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