Sherlock

British Actors You Should Know: Martin Freeman

The most fun part of the British Actors and/or Actresses You Should Know series is the chance to introduce people to the larger bodies of work of actors they may only be passingly familiar with (British performers do tend to make up a large portion of Hey, It’s That Guy references on the internet, after all.) Today’s installment is a perfect example of this – most fans of British television know him, but probably couldn’t tell you more than one or two things they’ve seen him in.

Many people are aware of Martin Freeman thanks to his work in The Office or, more recently, in Sherlock. However, fans who are only familiar with these performances may not know that Freeman has been a mainstay in British productions for years, and has participated in many great projects beyond these two.

Here’s a look at some of them – and why they’re worth your time.

New BBC Drama Trailer Shows Off Footage from 'Sherlock', 'The Musketeers' and More

The BBC released a new trailer yesterday highlighting its forthcoming slate of “Original British Drama” – a montage of both new and returning series that’s meant to get us all excited for the great programs – both new and old – headed our way from Auntie Beeb in the not too distant future.

Spoiler: This clip does its job really well.

The trailer – which is extremely well put together and very theatrical – shows off several of the BBC’s most highly anticipated properties, including the returns of Sherlock and Ripper Street and several new premieres, including period drama The Musketeers with Peter Capaldi, The Escape Artist with David Tennant, The Great Train Robbery, Quirke, By Any Means and What Remains.

Granted, none of these series get to highlight more than a handful of super quick glimpses of new footage – but we don’t think you’ll mind so much. Watch for yourselves below.

'Sherlock' Director Confirms Fake Scenes Filmed to Keep Fans in Suspense

Fans worldwide are waiting with baited breath for the return of popular mystery series Sherlock – not only because it’s one of the best shows on television, but because everyone’s dying to find out how in the world the consulting detective survived a drop off the top of St. Bart’s hospital without actually dying. We’ve all wanted to know how Sherlock did it since the closing credits of The Reichenbach Fall, basically and with filming on Series 3 wrapping up this week, it seems like we’re finally close to getting some answers.

Except, well, maybe not. To what should be the surprise of no one that’s ever watched any program crafted by Steven Moffat, things aren’t necessarily what they seem. Turns out, the Sherlock folks have been playing their cards even closer to the vest than usual, in anattempt to preserve the secrecy of the script for premiere episode The Empty Hearse. Want to know more? Read on.

British Actors You Should Know: Benedict Cumberbatch

Really, you all knew this one was coming, right?

This particular British Actor You Should Know is probably someone you’ve at least heard of at some point in the past year – Benedict Cumberbatch has won many (well-deserved) accolades for his performance on Sherlock, but after playing That Bad Guy Whose Name We Won’t Mention in Star Trek Into Darkness, suddenly the entire world seems to fancy that British guy with the great cheekbones and amazing voice. It’s okay. We do too. (Yours truly especially. Obviously.)

However, it seems worth mentioning that Cumberbatch’s career encompasses a lot more than Sherlock and Star Trek – this versatile actor has done a little bit of everything, and done it all awesomely. You should watch all of it. Here's a look at why.

WATCH: The First Teaser for 'Sherlock' Series 3!

Everyone, stay calm – it’s finally happened. After months and months and months of waiting and wailing and gnashing our collective teeth trying to survive the Great Hiatus – we can finally (FINALLY) see a bit of the highly-anticipated third series of Sherlock for ourselves.

This particular clip was broadcast to close out BBC One’s summer replay of Sherlock Series 2. All week long fans have been encouraged to stick around to the very end of The Reichenbach Fall for a special treat and, as a reward, a brand new teaser trailer for the upcoming season was aired.

Granted, this clip is literally (maybe) twenty seconds long, so don’t get your hopes up for huge revelations within. Still and all, however, this is the first real and official look at the highly anticipated new season of Sherlock – and for those of us who’ve been counting down the days until the series’ return, pretty much since the Reichenbach credits ended – this is like water in the desert.

Watch it for yourselves:

'Sherlock’s' Series 3 Villain Revealed

Filming on the final episode of Sherlock Series 3 is officially under way this week and, subsequently, tantalizing bits of new information about the upcoming season have started to surface. With the departure of Andrew Scott’s nefarious Moriarty after the, um, rather dramatic events of the Series 2 finale, everyone’s been waiting to see who Sherlock Holmes’ next great nemesis might turn out to be. There are several intriguing bad guys littered throughout Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works who, while not necessarily as well known as Moriarty, would nevertheless be fun to see face off against Sherlock and John. And now we know – Lars Mikkelsen has officially joined the Series 3 cast as new villain Charles Augustus Magnussen.

Fans might recognize Mikkelsen from his work on the original Danish version of The Killing (called Forbrydelsen) and it turns out he’s the real-life older brother of another TV bad guy you might be familiar with – Mads Mikkelsen, who is currently starring as Dr. Hannibal Lecter on NBC’s Hannibal. (Just imagine the potential crossovers now...)

But what does this casting mean? Let’s talk about it.

Sherlock Update: Comic Con Panel, Cast Messages and An Episode 3 Title

Note: Yes, I am back from the wonderful world of San Diego! Let me know what I missed while I was gone.

One of the highlights of Comic Con International this year was the first ever panel for super popular mystery series Sherlock – in what, incidentally, was also PBS’s first appearance at the forty-some-year-old convention. The Sherlock panel was – next to perhaps only the 20th anniversary celebration for The X-Files – the convention’s most popular panel that Thursday, with many fans reporting that they camped out for twelve hours or more for a chance to be in the room and see this event.

The panel was moderated by Entertainment Weekly writer James Hibberd, and featured co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, as well as producer Sue Vertue. Moffat, Gatiss and Vertue spent an hour regaling fans with set stories, discussing Series 3 and taking question from the audience. Want some highlights and a clip or two? Read on.

Sherlock is Going to Comic-Con; US Premiere of Series 3 Set for 2014

It’s official – PBS will take its first ever trip to San Diego Comic-Con International in a couple of weeks. Popular series Sherlock will host its first panel at the gigantic fan convention, and fans everywhere are already hoping that we’ll finally get some real information about the its highly anticipated third season.

The panel will include co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, along with producer Sue Vertue, and will be hosted by Entertainment Weekly writer James Hibberd. Sadly, neither Benedict Cumberbatch nor Martin Freeman will be in attendance, what with both of them working on other projects during the ten week break from filming on Sherlock Series 3.

While we’ll all obviously miss seeing Cumberbatch and Freeman (you can already hear the fangirl wails from San Diego), it should be still be very exciting to (finally) hear a bit about Series 3 straight from the proverbial horses’ mouths. And, if we’re very lucky, maybe we’ll get a peek at some new footage? Two of the three new episodes are finished filming after all.

Your Weekend Dose of Benedict Cumberbatch-Related Ridiculousness

Warning: This is possibly (probably?) the most shallow post in the world. Please feel free to just skip right on by this one, unless you’re one of the multitude of newly converted members of the apparently immense Benedict Cumberbatch online army. Then you’ll enjoy it. So you know, there’s that.

If you haven’t been online in the past week, you may have missed the fact that the internet has basically lost its mind over the Sherlock star, whose turn as the villain in Star Trek Into Darkness has won raves from both critics and fans and made him an even bigger online rockstar than before. (He sort of deserves it, though, so it’s okay.) Besides that, filming on Series 3 of Sherlock was also going on this week, and since it was the last bit of shooting before the team takes a two-month break there’s been a fair bit of end-of-term style silliness from that side, as well.

Basically, it’s been a good week to be a Cumberbatch fan, is what I’m saying. Click through for what are clearly the two best bits.

Sherlock Series 3: Filming Wraps on Episode 2, Airdate Rumors Debunked

Well, it’s official: Filming on the second episode of the highly anticipated third series of Sherlock wrapped this week, according to co-creator Mark Gatiss. Good news: We’re two-thirds of the way to done! Bad news: Production is about to take a two month hiatus to accommodate the busy schedules of leads Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, who have a bunch of movies to make. They’ll reconvene to shoot Episode 3 – whatever it’s going to be called – later this summer. Welcome back to the waiting game, gang!

Gatiss also took to Twitter to clarify that all the rumors surrounding a potential airdate for Series 3 are just that – rumors. “Incidentally, anything online about transmission dates etc is entirely bogus. Nothing will be decided for months yet,” he wrote. (Oh, and he also shared that rather artistic – and teasingly lit – photo of Cumberbatch you see to your right.)

So, there we have it – official confirmation that none of the wild speculation – and sometime outright declaration – that Series 3 would premiere in whatever XX timeframe are all false. The internet has been abuzz with constant chatter on this topic ever since filming started, since pretty much everyone is dying to see the world’s only consulting detective back on our screens as soon as possible. There have been supposedly confirmed reports touting UK airdates in August, September, and November making the rounds for months, even though none of these claims were sourced from anyone who might actually know something about the situation.

But, when might we actually expect to see the third series actually air? Of course, the answer is that this depends. Putting our best deductive earhats hats on, let us consider the facts.

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