Sherlock Series 4, Occasional Elementary Spoilers. Plus...

January 17, 2017: See Our Series 4 Page for Up-to-Date Aspects of the Three New Episodes since nothing is a "Spoiler" any longer.

January 17, 2017: 20 Easter Eggs & References In 'The Final Problem''
20. The portraits on [Mycroft's] walls weep blood.
18. "truth is rarely pure and never simple."
17. References to "Nicholas Meyer's novel 'The Seven Per-Cent Solution'... and also 'Young Sherlock'
15. Mycroft used to be overweight.
14. Moriarty did set fire to and bomb Baker Street in two stories
13. On "two occasions in the canon... Holmes went incognito as sailors" like they did to enter Sherriford,
11. In "Doctor Who" "the Master ...used his hypnotic control to put the governor [of a secure prison] under his thumb".
10. "Vatican Cameos"
9. In "The Valley of Fear""Professor Moriarty has a brother who works as a stationmaster".
1. Rathbone Place

January 17, 2017: Digital Spy - Molly Scene was Originally Very Different
"...one of the most dramatic scenes in the Sherlock series four finale was a last-minute addition?"

"...Co-writer Steven Moffat... described the sequence it replaced.... 'It was a rather boring one in retrospect," he admitted. "Molly was actually trapped inside the coffin and they had to solve a puzzle to get her out.'

"...Moffat also responded to criticism from some fans that we never got a scene with Sherlock apologising to Molly for the emotional manipulation, insisting that she 'gets over it.'

"Surely at a certain point you have to figure out that, after Sherlock escapes, he tells her, 'I'm really sorry about that, it was a code, I thought your flat was about to blow up.' And she says, 'Oh well that's okay then, you bastard.' And then they go back to normal. That's what people do.

'I can't see why you'd have to play that out [on-screen]. She forgives him, of course, and our newly grown-up Sherlock is more careful with her feelings in the future.'"

January 17, 2017: The Metro - 4 Sherlock easter eggs you might not have noticed in 'The Final Problem'
We here at Sherlock Guide, missed this one entirely: "Victor Trevor was introduced in 'The Adventure Of The Gloria Scott' as Holmes’ university roommate, and one of the only friends he’d ever had before Watson."

January 15, 2017: Huffington Post Reviews 'The Final Problem' "13 Times Series 4 Finale Shocked"

January 15, 2017: The Telegraph Reviews 'The Final Problem' "An Exhilarating Thrill-Ride"
"...The much-mourned Redbeard wasn’t the family dog but a little boy: Sherlock’s childhood chum with whom he played pirates, until jealous Eurus threw him down a well. Tense scenes of a young girl on a plummeting aeroplane turned out to be a metaphor for Eurus’s fear and isolation. Highly implausible at times, but also powerfully effective...."

"The dazzling script delivered laughs, excitement and emotion. Movie pastiches flew past, from horror tropes to Avengers’ gentleman spy weaponry, and some smart Silence Of The Lambs business with a glass cell. After the adrenalin stopped pumping, there was even a happy ending."

January 15, 2017: Digital Spy Reviews 'The Final Problem' "It Puts Heart Above Brains"
"Even more so than Moriarty, Eurus (Sian Brooke) is Sherlock gone wrong – all cold, hard logic and no feeling, her emergence highlights her brother's humanity and just how emotional he can be.

"While Brooke delivers a hypnotically dead-eyed turn, 'The Final Problem' features Cumberbatch's most humane performance yet, as Sherlock learns to use his biggest asset to win out – not his mind, but his heart.

"The episode's first act is mostly concerned with tantalising the audience, drip-feeding us clues as to precisely how an uber-genius could fail to recall he has a sister, and fail to identify said sibling when she's stood right in front of him.

"A child prodigy with an intellect greater than Isaac Newton's, the young Eurus was also seriously disturbed and obsessed with her younger brother to such an extent that she murdered his best friend – plot twist!

"Sherlock's since buried all of this – his repressed trauma explaining why he doesn't remember Eurus and presumably why his powers of deduction couldn't unravel her various disguises.

"Mycroft (Mark Gatiss) would later lock Eurus away in the prison island of Sherrinford to keep Sherlock safe, but her supreme powers of manipulation still allowed her to collaborate with Moriarty on everything we saw from (at least) 'The Reichenbach Fall' onwards....

"A supervillain with a phenomenal brain, an army of soldiers and a top-secret HQ? This is unquestionably Gatiss and co-writer Steven Moffat having their cake and eating it by telling a Sherlock Holmes story that also indulges their Bond fandom.

...an absolutely superb second act that goes to some seriously dark places, as our heroes – reduced to rats in a maze – are set a series of harrowing challenges.

...it's the desperately cruel manipulation of Molly (Louise Brealey) that takes the biggest emotional toll."

January 15, 2017: Newsweek Asks Moffat and Gatiss "What can you say about episode three?"
"It’s a dark season."
"It just keeps blowing up and blowing up."
"John survived that gunshot."

January 14, 2017: Review of "The Final Problem" from someone at the BFI screening.
"...The Final Problem is perhaps the single most tension filled (and indeed, fueled) episode of Sherlock ever produced, relentless in its pacing, and it truly feels like all bets are off in this one. Director Benjamin Caron has created a hugely cinematic ninety minutes filled with thrills and adventure that will likely make you clutch whatever furniture you are seated on extremely tightly. If it's the floor, you may bury your face in it.

"....The pleasure of feeling wrong footed until the big revelations are dropped is by turns frustrating and exhilarating in equal measure. It is easily the best episode of the fourth series, and at risk of overhyping it the best episode since The Reichenbach Fall, with a wonderful, perfect ending that may or may not be as final as the title of the episode suggests...." — source: Sherlockology.

January 14, 2017: Andrew Scott appeared at a screening for the final episode of the series.
"The actor – who played Jim Moriarty in the BBC drama – surprised fans at the screening of "The Final Problem" at the British Film Institute, and now they’re convinced his evil character has returned from the dead. — source: The Sun of Britain.

January 13, 2017: Moffat says "The Final Problem" Will Be More Actiony
"...On Thursday, Moffat warned critics and fans the third episode of the fourth series, rumoured to be its last, would be more "actiony" than ever.

"Speaking at a fans' and press screening of the episode, set to air on Sunday night, Moffat joked: "For all those complaints being a bit too James Bondy and actiony ... not till tonight."

"Moffat also addressed the possibility of the show returning for a fifth series, saying "it could be possible" as he thanked his wife and the show's executive producer, Sue Vertue, for her work on the programme.

"He said: "If this was the last one, and we are not planning it to be, but it might be ... If we never come back, and we never do another panel of the show, which is improbable, there is one thing I would like say.

"'The boss of Sherlock, the number one person on Sherlock ... it's not me, or Mark, it's the person to whom I'm married.'

"Moffat added: 'She is the person who runs all of Sherlock. She is the person who either kicks us up the arse or restrains us depending if we're being insane or lethargic.

'She's the person who made us write it in the first place She is the general. She is the chief executive officer. She is the absolutely ultimate boss of this show....'"

December 30, 2016: The Cast of Sherlock on the new Parenthood aspect of the New Year's episode

December 29, 2016: Martin Freeman on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert with scene from New Year's episode

December 9, 2016: The BBC has posted a Synopsis of the January 1, 2017 episode, "The Six Thatchers"/
"In episode one of this new series, written by Mark Gatiss, Sherlock waits to see where Moriarty will make his posthumous move.

"One mysterious case in particular baffles Scotland Yard - but Sherlock is more interested in a seemingly-trivial detail. Why is someone destroying images of the late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher? Is there a madman on the loose? Or is there a much darker purpose at work? Something with its roots deep in Mary Watson's past…

"Benedict Cumberbatch returns as Sherlock Holmes, with Martin Freeman as John Watson, Mark Gatiss as Mycroft, Rupert Graves as Inspector Lestrade, Una Stubbs as Mrs Hudson, Amanda Abbington as Mary Watson and Louise Brealey as Molly Hooper."

August 1, 2016: Tweet from Amanda Abbington shows video of interview at Comic Con from July 26 on Morietity and the new baby (sounds like Mary and John's baby girl). :

July 31, 2016: Tweet from Amanda Abbington on July 27. A Golden Wrap is the last day a character ever films for a series/movie. It implies that Mary will no longer be part of the show from then on:

June 2, 2016: Benedict Cumberbatch sports some heavy stubble as he films Sherlock Holmes scenes
"Shooting scenes in Cardiff City Centre, the 39-year-old actor sported a heavy layer of stubble as he filmed scenes alongside two elder gents - presumably integral to the plot of the episode.

"Clad in full-costume, and sporting the character's well worn great coat, a navy shirt, dark trousers and black Oxford shoes, Holmes was instantly recognizable amide the hub-bub of cast and crew.                         

"However, it seems that the latest shoot for the series sees Sherlock at his wit's end, as the appeared slightly weary and exhausted - something further emphasized by his loose stance and open-neck shirt."                         
The Daily Mail

June 1, 2016: The Daily Mail has video from the set
Watch a scene being filmed (no sound).

See more Season 4 images from the filming of what is called "Block 1" or the first of three episodes.

December 17, 2015: Plot of the Upcoming New Years Day Special will examine how women are treated in Victorian society
"...Mary (Amanda Abbington). Watson’s wife won’t be happy with the limitations of being a woman.

“'A lot of the plot is about how women are treated in Victorian society,' executive producer Mark Gatiss (who also plays Mycroft) told TV Insider. 'There’s a bit where [the men] are about to go off on an adventure and Mary says, ‘Am I just to stay here?’ And Watson says, ‘Not at all dear. We’ll be hungry later.’ Obviously, she’s going to rebel!' 

"Abbington previously teased that her character would be affected by the change of setting. However, she also said that not even the Victorian era could keep Mary down. 'We’ve still kept her sparkiness and her glint,' the actress told Den of Geek last month. 'She’s certainly got a bit of scrappiness about her and we didn’t want to lose that. But she’s kind of fighting it.'” See more at International Business Times

The image to the left is Amanda Abbington in costume leaving a filming site for the upcoming New Years special.

November 25, 2015: BBC unveils detailed synopsis for "Sherlock: The Abominable Bride"
"What if the world's most famous consulting detective and his best friend lived in a Baker Street of steam trains, hansom cabs, top hats and frock-coats?

"Welcome to 'Sherlock' in 1895!

"Some things, though, remain reassuringly the same. Friendship, adventure and especially, MURDER...

"Why is Thomas Ricoletti a little surprised to see his wife dressed in her old wedding gown? Because, just a few hours before, she took her own life...

"Mrs Ricoletti's ghost now appears to be prowling the streets with an unslakeable thirst for revenge. From fog-shrouded Limehouse to the bowels of a ruined church, Holmes, Watson and their friends must use all their cunning to combat an enemy seemingly from beyond the grave and the final, shocking truth about... the Abominable Bride!" - See More Spoilers at blastr.com

November 21, 2015: Spoilers About 'The Abominable Bride'
  • "Amanda Abbington, Una Stubbs, and Rupert Graves reprising their roles as Mary Morstan, Mrs. Hudson, and Inspector Lestrade" will also be in it..
  • “Sherlock is a little more polished,” Moffat said at the Television Critics Association’s press tour. “He operates like a Victorian gentleman instead of a posh, rude man. He’s a lot less brattish.”
  • Dr. Watson is “'More uptight,'”
See More Spoilers at i Digital Times

Mark Gatiss spoke about the one episode special, "The series is set in 1895...."
There had been some talk that it was 1885 but Gatiss wanted to correct that. — source: BBC, mid-Aptil 2015

January 31, 2015: Remarkable Spoiler images from recent filming of upcoming 2015 special
- from the Daily Mail

Speaking at the Royal Television Society's event in the first week of March, co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss confirmed again,
That they always planned to bring Moriarty back after his "suicide" but the spoilers were that they aim at gradually continuing to make Sherlock more human, which sounds like giving him more understanding of how he affects others and maybe more control over when and how he gives offense. — source: KDrama Stars, citing The Hollywood Reporter.

Elementary has been in reruns, new episodes resume February 27, 2014 and we have spoilers for the March 6 episode, “Ears to You.”:
Lestrade has been staying at the brownstone and seems unwilling to leave. And a man receives a ransom note for the safe return of his wife, who he was suspected of murdering years ago. — source: CarterMatt's website.

TV Guide turned to series producers Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue as well as Abbington for more answers. Here's what they had to say:
"'We see the possible return of Moriarty (Andrew Scott) at the end of the episode, even though we thought we saw him die last season. Why did you want to bring him back?' 
Steven Moffat: 'We always knew what we were going to do with Moriarty. This has been the game plan since the end of Series 1 when we realized we had a crack on our hands with Andrew. This is something that the whole series has been building to. I won't say what it is we're doing, but we have plans. And I'm pretty bloody certain those plans will please people.'" — See Much More.

Series Three Spoilers Soon to Move to Other Pages:

January 27, 2014: The Hollywood Reporter Already has a full Review up on next week's episode.

"The incredible wow mansion, owned by evil... newspaper magnate Charles [Augustus] Magnussen" is played by "Swinhay House near North Nibley in Gloucestershire..."

Cute scenes, some from Season 3

From Digital Spy: 12 teasers for "His Last Vow": See complete list.: (http://www.digitalspy.com/british-tv/s129/sherlock/news/a542713/sherlock-series-3-finale-12-teasers-for-his-last-vow.html)
  1. If the warmer, more human Sherlock in 'The Sign of Three' left you unnerved, fear not: he's as close to stone-cold sociopath as he's ever been for at least 30% of this episode.
  2. See complete list at Digital Spy
  3. See complete list at Digital Spy
  4. We knew that Steven Moffat's script was based on the short story 'Charles Augustus Milverton', but it also draws heavily on elements from 'His Last Bow', the chronologically final Holmes story.
  5. See complete list at Digital Spy
  6. A lot of 'The Sign of Three' will play very differently on a re-watch in light of the events of 'His Last Vow'.
  7. See complete list at Digital Spy
  8. Despite being series three's most plot-heavy episode, 'His Last Vow' is also a character goldmine, delving deep into the psychology of Sherlock and especially John.
  9. Molly is fierce.
  10. You may already have heard whispers of a shocking development in Sherlock's life, but it won't be so shocking to anyone who has read 'Charles Augustus Milverton'.
  11. See complete list at Digital Spy
  12. We always knew John Watson was a badass, but here he's given perhaps his most straight-up BAMF moment to date. It's really, really great.
See the complete list at Digital Spy: http://www.digitalspy.com/british-tv/s129/sherlock/news/a542713/sherlock-series-3-finale-12-teasers-for-his-last-vow.html#ixzz2q0RrLYtc Follow them: @digitalspy on Twitter | digitalspyuk on Facebook

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