Benedict Cumberbatch fans, mark your calendars--but use a pencil. There may be a premiere date for the UK mini-series Parade’s End, which stars the Sherlock lead and aired overseas back in August.
In an interview with Shortlist earlier this week, Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch was asked for his thoughts on CBS' suspiciously similar project, Elementary. The British actor was candid but mostly diplomatic, saying that he was "cynical" about the show, and that Elementary star Jonny Lee Miller had asked for his blessing for taking the role. Now, however, Cumberbatch says that he was misquoted.
Cumberbatch says that he tracked down a copy of the Elementary script after Miller had told him about the show. "I think there’s room for us both to coexist," says Cumberbatch. "I don’t feel threatened by it and I wish him the best, which is as diplomatic as I can be."
Benedict Cumberbatch seems like he'd be a prime candidate to do voice-work, what with his deep voice, British accent and articulate way of speaking. And it just so happens that he's credited for two voice-roles in the second part of the upcoming Hobbit film The Hobbit: There and Back Again. But before that, Simpsons fans may hear him in an episode of the Fox animated series.
With BBC and PBS’ Sherlock recently ending its second tenure in the States, U.S. fans are still ruminating over the conflict between Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler, as well as the astonishing cliffhanger ending during Series 2. The third cycle of the show is not set to begin shooting until next January, but if you are a fan who would like to keep Sherlock on the brain, Cumberbatch is ready and willing to talk about the series he loves and the character he inhabits.
It's not really fair to compare the two newest adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous investigator. They are set in different worlds, employ different rules. One's a television series, the other lives on film. Also, it's not fair to compare them because it's not much of a comparison. Sorry Ritchie, Downey and Law but the most compelling Sherlock Holmes can be found on the BBC. And Sherlock Series 2 is just around the corner.
Another prestige project gets the go ahead at HBO and it sounds, well, prestigious. On top of their latest, and impressive, slate of mini-series and films, HBO just green-lit a new five-parter set during The Great War... you know, WWI. Based on the four part series by British writer Madox Ford, Parade's End begins soon at Home Box Office Entertainment.
The BAFTA TV Awards were broadcast this afternoon and there were more than a few surprises. Even if British television is not of particular interest to the North American crowd (it should be because the picks of the litter will inevitably be remade for American television a la The Office) there are some big names that everyone would recognize...