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Inge l-w

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  1. I and the family are enjoying a hot and rather humid end of July by watching Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor, the Gary Oldman version on TV. Now, as it is generally known in this fandom, Peter Guillam is played by dear old BC. So far, so nice, especially with his blonde hair, which is much closer to his natural colouring, young and talented and even then a good driver, when in a reminiscing scene of a Christmas past, Peter is ordered to play the Russian anthem, and an uncredited proboscis of a nose holds a lady by the arm! Just imagine, discovering the British Government in a walk-on part, while bratty younger brother is prim and proper actual MI6, HM SIS or whatever. The mind boggles! P.S. I do hope everybody here remembers that Percy Allelyne is played by the incomparable Toby Jones, of TLD fame also!
  2. Going back to the Irene-Sherlock dynamic, what are your views about the possibility of the Scandal in Bohemia/Belgravia beats having been taken from the real-life story of the Jersey Lily (Lily Langtry) and the Prince of Wales ( later Edward VII) affair?
  3. YouTube is OK until the copyright owners pull the plug on popular uploads. The BBC and ITV are particularly stringent in enforcing their rights. DVDs or Blu-ray for me. You can freeze it, get up off the sofa or armchair, do other stuff and then unfreeze it and continue watching.
  4. Dear Carol, only eleven run-throughs is pretty average for hard-core fans, although I tend to give TRF, HLV and TFP a wide berth, skipping and fast forwarding. It’s cheating, but I still want to watch part of them, all the good bits. Other than that, being a hard-core fan of Granada Holmes, I regularly watch JBs version of Rebecca and An Ideal Husband. Then, there’s A whole lot of Rumpole of the Bailey, written by a self-confessed SH fan, Arsene Lupin with Georges Descrieres, Maigret with Michael Gambon and Bruno Cremer, Cadfael and I, Claudius with Derek Jacobi, the entire Batman and Star Trek sagas, both original and sequels. One is literally spoilt for choice!
  5. If you mean the one about The Lost Special, that was originally an ACD bona fide short story, and like with Hound of the Baskervilles, Sir Arthur retrofitted it to include Sherlock Holmes during the original hiatus. I bought the CDs ages ago, but have no desire to subscribe to anything Apple at the moment, the way the Big Bad Wolf Mr Cook is going to remove iTunes in favour of sheer capitalist lucre! It's already a joke that the stand to their newest iMac costs an extra $1,000!
  6. From S3 there are two scenes that stand out: Lestrade’s reaction to Sherlock’s call for help, with the helicopter hovering so close overhead as to blow the sheet music on the stand, and the part of The speech taken directly from ACD: ‘If I burden myself with a companion in my various little inquiries, it is not done out of sentiment or caprice...’ But if we are talking S2, Scandal in Belgravia stands head and shoulders above the pastiche of Hounds and the maudlin TRF. That scene in Mycroft’s house, where Sherlock looks so beaten and then snatched victory from the teeth of complete and utter failure is unbeatable, as is his whole interaction with the American agents mistreating his Mrs Hudson! ‘And exactly how many times did he fall on those bins?’ ‘I forget detective inspector”
  7. Dear Carol, it’s the same site, quizforfan.com, underneath the Which Sherlock character are you. Hope this helps.
  8. On the same subject there are two rather interesting quizzes: one for completing the sentence with 8 minutes to get everything, missed one, so I got 93%, and another about which Holmes villain you are. I am James Moriarty, the original mathematics professor, not the buffoon in the series, who thinks he would look good in a crown, the short-arse of TAB, thank heaven!
  9. Oh dear! Forties, here, and I actually got to Rathbone after the Granada series. Surely, you cannot have loved them all, there were highs and lows the size of hurricane waves!
  10. Oh, thanks for the intel besleybean. ‘Since you watch what you like, give the Granada version of The Dancing Men , The Norwood Builder, The Blue Carbuncle, The Red-Headed League, The Abbey Grange and The Second Stain a look-see. As Baryshnikov once said of Fred Astaire, “I dance, he’s doing something else.” Jeremy Brett wrought magic at his best.
  11. They can certainly do what they like with their show. If and when there an S5, we can take a head -count and see how many remain as loyal fans after TFP. By which, I mean that at the moment, out of the 120,000 -odd fanfics in Ao3 nearly 59,000 are Johnlock. Frustrated fans taking up their keyboards to make up for the indescribable mess that was TFP? Personally, being old-fashioned in my Sherlock preferences, married to his work is my cup of tea, but tell that to almost half the fandom and see what you get!
  12. Please not to forget the gratuitous insult to all true Sherlockians of the abominable Three Garridebs moment. It is probably true that Plaidadder is right when she says in one of her Ao3 essays that the universe must hate the Three Garridebs story. In the Granada version, Jeremy Brett was too ill to film this, so it was incorporated into the Mazarin Stone episode, with Mycroft (Charles Gray) filling in at the last moment. But in TFP, it was a deliberate nose-thumping , a poke to the eye, to all the Johnlock part of the fandom. Simply not cricket, Mr Gatiss, if you consider yourself a gentleman, which has been called in doubt in other forums.
  13. What’s not to like? Let me count the ways: Scaring your brother out of his wits although you have already deduced the answer. Surviving intact a fall from the first floor of a building by bouncing off a super-resistant awning over the cafe just below, vaulting so far out that you and your shorter best friend take a flying leap over said flat’s wrought-iron balcony. Swallowing the whole Musgrave background whole, hook line and sinker. Poor little psychopath Euros just craving Sherlock’s attention as a child. Being sedated and then miraculously transported back to said Musgrave ruin in time to save your best friend by deciphering the moronic tombstones (Nemo, indeed!) although the outward trip was clearly seen to last as long as at least in the middle of the Irish Sea. Being arrogant enough to think that an irredeemable schizoid personality (little girl on the imaginary plane and all-powerful controller of the asylum) can be ‘cured’ by playing music together. Having the absolutely overweening arrogance of Mary’s last voiceover simply to restore our two heroes to their factory settings, according to Mr Gatiss. And that is just the major stuff. If I am forced to re-watch the flipping thing, I am pretty sure I shall find more WTF moments.
  14. Lucky you, Bonnie lass! As for me, I rewatch S1&2 once a month, skip S3 except for parts of TEH and SOT, and watch TST selectively and TLD regularly. After that, TFP is simply not worth paying for the electricity to re-watch. The THIRD one is actually a super-brain, but, hey, she’s female, and intelligent females are all liable to be total nut-jobs if they aren’t freelance assassins! TAB is another kettle of fish, because of its Granada subtext, but is women’s suffrage worth the death of several abusive husbands? Certainly a WTF issue, not to mention the moronic choice of super-fat Mycroft. Mr Gatiss actually presented their project to the Sherlock Holmes Society of London before they even wrote the screenplay for the pilot episode, to test the waters. By the end of S4, they should have started a petition to have him resign his membership, IMHO.
  15. Personally, I believe that the Sherlockians should have collected enough signatures from other outraged members of their club and forced Mr Gatiss to resign after HLV. The cudgel before the brain, indeed, as it was so aptly put in the original story by ACD!
  16. What is particularly irksome about the Sherlock BAFTA is that it was awarded for HLV! Thanks a million Messrs Moftiss for making a thinking machine into a panicky one-man execution squad! Not that we haven’t analyzed the cons of this phenomenal mess-up in the related thread, just saying... especially in view of the easy--peasy solution the powers that be came up in TST! Why in Heaven (or Earth) their flipping technicians couldn’t have come up with the appropriate digital manipulation before all the grandstanding at the aeroport? (Just an excuse for TAB?) Still another example of Mr Moffat’s sloppy, lazy, writing! Mr Freeman is probably right in saying that enough is enough already.
  17. There’s always Facebook and YouTube, dearest amphibian princess! Both American, if memory serves. P.S. Are you sure you want to be classed as John Watson’s best friend? Are you a Kung-fu master or hold any self-protecting martial arts certificate? The dear doctor has a violent streak a mile wide, as became evident in TLD. That Sherlock forgave him is a totally different kettle of fish!
  18. Well, Benedict's has seriously taken off with the MCU, and the BAFTA he won for Patrick Melrose as Best mini-series tonight will be an extra boost. And they have already paid a kind of homage to the Granada series with TAB, not to mention going up against Jeremy Brett's masterly interpretation. Whatever Mr Freeman's views are on the fandom, he could not replace Edward Hardwicke, either.
  19. _O_/_AN/I _/_O_/_I_E,/_ _E/_ _ _ ER_ _AN_ _/_ E R_/ _I_ _ _E. oh, dear, Fantasy Lover, think Sign of Three and tea! Have a whopping good convention.
  20. You do realise that the song of the Mycroft videos comes straight from a James Bond film? The World is not enough with Pierce Brosnan, before the franchise was rebooted with a blond Bond, James Bond, in Casino Royale? So, effectively, Mycroft was, is and will remain M, whatever Mrs Hudson things of him! What fun!
  21. Hope you are enjoying some off-time to relax! _O_/_A_/I_/_O_/ _I_ _,/_E_ /_ _ _ER_ _A_ _ _/_ER_/_I_ _ _E.
  22. Here goes, and a very Happy Easter to you and yours. I shall be here, there and everywhere in the next few days, so please excuse any delays! _O_/_AN/I_/_O_/ _ I_E,/_ _E/ _N_E_ _ _AN_ _/_E_ _/_ I_ _ _E.
  23. Telepathy? No way Jose! May I have teleportation instead? In other words, ‘beam me up, Scotty’ ? What I particularly dislike about Sir Arthur’s interview is his description of poor Dr Watson. Surely, that gave rise to all the dim-witted versions over the years, Nigel Bruce presiding, until they were dispelled by the Granada series, bless David Burke and Edward Hardwicke for trying so hard. Holmes would never have tolerated a dimwitted goldfish as his ‘friend and partner’!
  24. Gmail is no great shakes. You get spam as in any other service. My main go-to account is Outlook, fast, reliable and less snooping. For gmail you still have to provide a mobile phone number, so I gave one which is a pre-paid rather than a contract number. If I ever want to ditch my gmail account, I will only have to let my prepaid mobile’s remaining time lapse. On the other hand, being the paranoid sociopath which all Sherlock quizzes tell me I am, I have one personal, private and confidential account with another free provider, which I use for serious business, like tax returns and local authority, medical care and such😉.
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