sherlockedatbakerst asked: Do you think that there is a chance of Series 4 being shot in June 2014? Because I am heading to London between June 22nd and 24th and I would love to see Sherlock being filmed.
Officially? Sherlock series 4 hasn’t been commissioned. Unofficially everyone I think knows by now that there are heavy rumours about a Sherlock Christmas special so there’s no point me being coy about it. A lady who did an interview with Steve Lawes about Sherlock immediately threw the poor beggar under a bus by posting on her tumblr that he’d confirmed a Christmas special and Arwel was telling people the same thing at the meet and greet last weekend. None of this is confirmed by the BBC, Hartswood or anyone else but it would fit with the secret something Benedict was alluding too that he’s doing this year alongside Hamlet, Blood Mountain and The Lost City of Z.
All that being said if it is Sherlock I am really rather hoping people won’t “setlock” this time around given that the actors were quite vocal about how completely and totally knackering they find the days when they have to work with a huge crowd watching…
I think the chances that people won’t go to the set are realistically slim to none!Setlock is now an institution in the fandom, it’s inevitable. I never read into the actors comments that they preferred fans to stay away, in fact I thought they admired the fans and got a kick out of the spectacle.
I don’t really like Setlock being referred to as an “institution” but yes I’m sure fans will watch. Of course they will. But I also don’t think you can get much clearer than this:
“When you do Sherlock in London, it becomes street theatre. When we’re in Gower St, it’s barmy. A massive element of our day is crowd control. It’s weird, you go out onto the street and you actually get this bubble of performance anxiety like you do if you’re going on stage. It’s really hard. I mean if I went like that [makes hand signal], then a load of people would laugh, someone would say, ‘What did he do?’ Then they’d review it on their phones, post it, and put it on the internet as me dancing on the top of a hedgehog to Michel Jackson or whatever it is they fancy doing that day. It’s kind of weird. Me and Martin end up finishing the day double exhausted because we’re trying to do a job at the same time.
Yes he goes on to be super lovely about those watching but “Its really hard”, “Its kind of weird" and "we finish the day double exhausted" doesn’t strike me that he’s getting much of a kick out of people watching….
And we will happily be there because there is no one way to be a fan or to consume media and this is the nature of performing a creative work in a public space.