A panoramic view of the set of 221B Baker Street, currently under construction, courtesy of the show’s production designer Arwel Wyn Jones is enough to make me forget that it’s been a little over a year since Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have been a part of our collective mind palaces. This is like behind-the-scenes production gold for those that have been (im)-patiently waiting since last year for the next installment of Sherlock.
As we speak, the set team is busy preparing Sherlock and John’s flat for stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as the next series in this unbelievably brilliant BBC/PBS series is set to being filming next month with three new 90-minute episodes. And, as the band is getting back together, co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have been hard at work under significant pressure to top what many already consider to be the best telly on telly.
Gatiss talked to Radio Times recently about Sherlock’s series three return following his death-defying plunge at the end of the last season off the rooftop of St Barts Hospital. In ‘The Empty House’, the original story in which the detective comes back from the dead, he reveals himself to his friend Dr Watson after being disguised as a stooped, elderly book seller, but Gatiss suggested Sherlock’s disguise might be somewhat more subtle.
“We made a decision right from the get-go that he would not do disguise in the traditional sense,” said Gatiss. “He actually has a line in [series one finale] ‘The Great Game’ which is ‘The art of disguise is knowing how to hide in plain sight’ and that was because, right from the start, I thought modern day Sherlock Holmes would not put putty noses on, he would basically be standing behind you now and you wouldn’t know he was there.”
Now that we’re ever so close to getting the entire band back together, time to remember those all important three words:
Rat; Wedding; Bow
Now, go talk amongst yourselves and determine what these might mean and try not to think about what happened Sunday night at the conclusion of series 3 of Downton Abbey. Happy thoughts…happy thoughts.