If you’ve never heard of Benedict Cumberbatch, or have watched his version of Sherlock Holmes, you have either: A. Been living under a rock; B. Clearly aren’t friends with me and have obviously never read this blog; or C. Don’t watch much British telly. Whatever the case may be, you will likely be hearing of Mr. Cumberbatch, his impressive cheekbones and his superb acting abilities in the months ahead.
Cumberbatch—who has taken on the role of Steven Hawking, Sherlock Holmes and now, as far as rumors concerning the new Star Trek film go, Khan—was in New York City earlier this week doing a promo/press tour for the second series of Sherlock on PBS, premiering this Sunday. The series, which aired in the U.K. back in January, will have Sherlock face his own humanity as he’s forced to deal with love/sex during a battle of wits with The Woman, Irene Adler, in A Scandal in Belgravia; Fear in the Hounds of Baskerville; And death thanks to arch nemesis Jim Moriarty in The Reichenbach Fall.
With the start of the upcoming series upon us, fans of the BBC/Masterpiece Classic series were treated to a Q&A and Meet & Greet with Cumberbatch, series co-creator/writer Steven Moffat and producer Sue Vertue on Wednesday night.
During the event—which at times sounded more like a high school classroom filled with giggling, screaming girls suffering from the Cumberbatch fever— the three took questions from fans. Moffat and company discussed the creative process behind the series, the story lines and fans were given some insight into Cumberbatch’s career, as well as his process in becoming the celebrated sleuth.
The questions ran the gamut from the ridiculous— “Do you like fez hats?”
Vertue had to explain that the fez hats were a Dr. Who reference that Cumberbatch didn’t get.
To the scandalous—“What do you think about the CBS version of Sherlock?”
When asked what they thought about CBS’ new Sherlock series Elementary, Vertue said she knew they had filmed the pilot, but as far as that, she knew nothing else. “It has nothing to do with our show,” she said. As for Cumberbatch, who shared a stage and roles with Jonny Lee Miller in Frankenstein, (Miller will take on the role of Sherlock Holmes in Elementary), and calls Miller a good friend, he wished the production the best. And sincerely said, “There’s room enough for two Sherlocks, so why not three?”
To the straight up awesome— “If you were handed a blank check to film/act/write anything, money is not an option, what would it be and why?”
Moffat’s answer to the blank check question was simple, saying that he would of course be doing more Dr. Who and Sherlock. Cumberbatch further thrilled audiences when he said he’d love to do a Sherlock feature film. The show’s episodes, which are 90 minutes long, are already like films, so would it be safe to assume that Cumberbatch wants to create a 6 hour film? Because if that’s the case, there is an entire fandom that is ready, willing and able to sit for six hours and take in all the Sherlock goodness.
I, unfortunately, didn’t get a chance to attend the event. According to PBS’s Rebecca Eaton over 10,000 people sent in emails vying for the 200 pairs of tickets made available for the Sherlock lovefest (that’s one spot for 400 adoring fans). But you better believe if I had gone, I, like Irene Adler does in the season opener, would’ve gone up to Benny and whispered, “I’m not hungry. Let’s have dinner.”
The first episode of Sherlock, series 2 (A Scandal in Belgravia) airs this Sunday on PBS. Check your local listings for time.