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During the NYC PBS Sherlock Q&A a few days ago, Rebecca Eaton – the executive producer of the Masterpiece series – made a point to say that the editing for “A Scandal in Belgravia” was done by Hartswood Films, i.e. Sue Vertue and Steven Moffat, in an obviously preemptive attempt to deflect criticism. That didn’t sit well with me at the time because it was so utterly disingenuous: everyone knows that the earth revolves around the sun and that it was PBS that forced the time constraint which, in turn, forced Hartswood to make the cuts, and not by their choice.

I loved how Benedict Cumberbatch chimed in after that statement and made his displeasure with the edits clearly known. He passionately made the case of “Why should American audiences not enjoy the full show like the rest of the world?” Well, it’s painfully obvious that we in America have a more difficult time separating our culture from our commerce. 

From my estimate, they had to cut down about 6-7 minutes to make room for all the commercials, promos, the introduction and the important, wealthy donor roll (twice!). It was absolutely a time constraint because there was no set pattern to what was exactly cut. I think Hartswood took out a little here and there in the attempt to disrupt the story as little as possible. I even noticed mere seconds cut from some of the long shots and I believe that there were cuts all the way through that even those of us who know the episode intimately didn’t catch. So, I applaud Sue Vertue and Hartswood Films – they did the best that they could within the limitations.

Which brings me to this very interesting tidbit from Benedict Cumberbatch’s recent interview where he mentions that HBO actually passed on airing “Sherlock.” It would have been a smaller broadcast audience for sure, but I am convinced there would have been no cuts at all. Let’s face it, all of the three major commercial networks have lost their creative ground. Look at all the shows that have received Emmys or critical acclaim recently – most are on cable. For many decades, PBS has claimed the mantle of “quality shows” but there will be a reckoning soon if it continues to interfere in the creative process. Why? Because now there is competition. I hope that this new partnership with Masterpiece to produce the next series of “Sherlock” will not comprise the content or force edits for length right from the beginning because then we wouldn’t even be able to enjoy the complete version – as intended by Moffat and Mark Gatiss – on the DVD when it’s eventually released. 

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Benedict: I just love the feet. I love the little bit of ankle, it’s very sexy.

Benedict: *a few seconds later* Actually, that’s more than a little bit of ankle…

Steven: That’s an interesting view of the ankle you got there.

Mark: Were you looking at the ankle?

[Sherlock Series 2 DVD commentary]

There was a copious amount of flirting throughout this entire commentary, mostly from Lara to Benedict, but I love how he seems to accidentally say aloud what was in his mind at that moment: “I love the little bit of ankle.”

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3 days until Sherlock

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marielikestodraw:

Great article on season 2, some minor spoilers about Scandal, so read at your own risks. But really, having seen the episode, I can tell it’s close to nothing :D

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benandmartin:

BFI Screening of A Scandal in Belgravia - Q and A

*contains spoilers, but not of major plot points*

Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lara Pulver, Caitlin Moran

Finally!

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Sherlock: Unaired Pilot. (0:54:00 – 0:57:00)

That’s it, folks! Now, get ready for Sherlock: A Study in Pink.

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Sherlock: Unaired Pilot. (0:51:00 – 0:54:00)

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Sherlock: Unaired Pilot. (0:48:00 – 0:51:00)

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Edit: Since the first screening of “A Scandal in Belgravia” from the second season of BBC’s Sherlock is at the BFI in ten days, I wanted to reblog something I wrote a few months ago. The difference is that I’ve enabled a comments thread, so I’m hoping you can join in on the discussion without having to reblog if that’s your preference. To kickstart it, I would like to highlight a comment jamandearlgrey made on the original post that I thought was brilliant: the possibility that Irene Adler is actually transgendered, which wouldn’t change the attraction or love that Sherlock has but, in fact, would reinforce the exploration of gender and gender roles in the original story.

synathroesmus:

With the second series of Sherlock still months away, I would like to engage in PURE SPECULATION about the episode “A Scandal in Belgravia” and specifically about what Irene Adler’s relationship to Sherlock will be. What the writers take from canon and what is embellished or turned on its head – “Rache” anyone? – is one of the many pleasures of being a fan of this show.   

Going back to the original story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, what struck me was the intense connection - not love - that Sherlock developed with the woman that he was actually hired to negate. Not only is his final realization of being on the wrong side of the fight an interesting progression for the consulting detective who doesn’t even care about his own clients, but he connects with Irene because she is like him in many ways. He is not so much an outsider when there is somebody else “on his level.”

Also, Irene’s profession as an actress and her habit of regularly cross-dressing mirrors what Sherlock does all the time in the original story. They are the same, and I think this will be the major theme in the new episode because of what I saw in the first photos of Lara Pulver on set. With her dark hair, high cheekbones, pale skin and bright blue eyes, she looks exactly like a female Sherlock. Almost like his sister, his twin in spirit. This is further fortified by that on-set shot of Irene looking down from the window in what appeared to be Sherlock’s dressing gown: it’s the same shot, the same dressing gown and the same window that Sherlock stood at when he looked down at John walking away in “The Great Game.”  

So, no, I do not think there will a physical relationship. In fact, I think that it will be revealed that Irene is a lesbian in this latest incarnation. Why? Because what would actually constitute a “scandal” these days, at least in some unenlightened circles of power? And, it wouldn’t be unusual for Steven Moffat to go to the other extreme and completely nullify any possibility of physical attraction between the two in order to leave something deeper and darker, and for John, something that would be completely untouchable and unassailable with Sherlock. It could be the one dangerous rift between John and Sherlock, whereas Moriarity just had the opposite effect on their partnership. She will always be crystalized and encapsulated in Sherlock’s heart, just like the photograph of her that he requests to keep as payment in the original story.   

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Sherlock: Unaired Pilot. (0:45:00 – 0:48:00)

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Sherlock: Unaired Pilot. (0:42:00 – 0:45:00)

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Sherlock: Unaired Pilot. (0:39:00 – 0:42:00)

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Sherlock: Unaired Pilot. (0:36:00 – 0:39:00)

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