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As a 57 year old Brit , I grew up with the Rathbone films and the Jeremy Brett series...

Been there and done that darling, loved them all.

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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!

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Well strictly speaking, we do have this lovely "Other Versions" subforum: https://www.sherlockforum.com/forum/forum/35-other-versions/ so it's not BBC only. And we've always happily welcomed any Sherlock fan, whether they prefer BBC (Johnlock or PlatonicFriends flavour), Granada, or those who think Gene Wilder was killing it as Sigerson, for that matter. It's all good. :smile:

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Well I was judging by the picture at the top of the forum...

as well as my personal preferences.

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I just happened to turn on this documentary on TV called "Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show". Moffat's not in it (at least so far) but those of you who are interested in how shows get made, and what the job of running a show (like Sherlock) can be like, might get something out of it. The only online link I could find was to this panel where they are discussing this documentary, but they have a clip of a few scenes so you can get a taste of it.

I perked up mostly because both JJ Abrams and Joss Whedon are among the people interviewed, for what that's worth. That, and early on in the show, someone says that the quitting rate for showrunners is 100%, because it's such an all-consuming job.... hmmm......

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20 minutes ago, Arcadia said:

someone says that the quitting rate for showrunners is 100%, because it's such an all-consuming job.... hmmm......

The quitting rate for any job is 100%  ;)  eventually.  I would take that as more of a description of how hard the job is, rather than a prescription of what necessarily happens.

If you're concerned about Mr. Moffat's involvement in Sherlock, remember that when he quit Doctor Who, he announced that he was going to quit, while he was still actively involved in the show, and then he did quit, right on schedule.  With Sherlock, he's been saying that there will probably be more episodes sooner or later, so he just might be telling the truth there as well.

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3 hours ago, Carol the Dabbler said:

The quitting rate for any job is 100%  ;)  eventually.  I would take that as more of a description of how hard the job is, rather than a prescription of what necessarily happens.

Yeah, I couldn't think of the phrase I wanted at the time, which was "burn-out rate". I should probably go back and change it. Although the end result is the same … it's a taxing job!

3 hours ago, Carol the Dabbler said:

If you're concerned about Mr. Moffat's involvement in Sherlock, remember that when he quit Doctor Who, he announced that he was going to quit, while he was still actively involved in the show, and then he did quit, right on schedule.  With Sherlock, he's been saying that there will probably be more episodes sooner or later, so he just might be telling the truth there as well.

Actually, I was thinking more how much invective is lobbed at him concerning the show. These guys in the documentary were all talking about how much their various shows meant to them … and how hard it was when the public (or whoever) bashed it. Or them.

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New York Times has named Sherlock the 2nd best international show of the last decade. I can't access the actual article so I don't know what came in #1, but I'm sure we'll all agree to hate whatever it was. :D 

Here's where (indirectly) I got the info from (hope this works, I'm never sure about tumblr): https://notagarroter.tumblr.com/post/189786048555/the-30-best-international-tv-shows-of-the-decade   There's a short blurb.

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#1 is an Israeli political thriller called Prisoners of War.  I'd heard of a few of the others (Broadchurch is #27), but have seen none except Sherlock.

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2 hours ago, J.P. said:

It's behind the paywall. :(

Television, here in the US at least, started out with commercials but no monetary fees. Then came cable, with stuff (mostly theatrical movies at first) that you couldn't get on broadcast TV, for a flat monthly fee but with no commercials.  Then they invented home video tape and discs, so that for a one-time fee you could have a particular show or movie in perpetuity.  We bitched about the commercials and the fees, of course, but we were well aware that if you can get something for nothing, that's generally about what it's worth.

Then came the internet, which eventually spawned streaming television.  Unlike cable, you need to pay a separate fee for each channel, which somehow seems unfair.  But it occurs to me that I didn't feel cheated back in the 90's, when I subscribed to three different gardening magazines.  It never occurred to me to be upset because Organic Gardening didn't also include all the articles published in National Gardening or The Kitchen Garden.  On the contrary, I was ecstatic to have three top-quality magazines to read.  Of course they only charged $20-30 for an entire year.

So I'm wondering whether the streaming channels might be today's equivalent of my late lamented magazines.  What do they charge, compared to cable or satellite TV?

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Oh, I see! 

Hopefully my remarks are still relevant to this topic, even though kind of an unintentional non sequitur.

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Actually, since what's behind the paywall is a magazine, you're right on topic. Sort of. Maybe. Never mind. :D 

And come to think of it … how'd you find out what #1 was, Dabbler? You have a subscription to the Times? 

(I almost wish I did, seems like half the news links I click on are from the NY Times. Then I have to bother to google another source, phooey. :D )

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49 minutes ago, Arcadia said:

how'd you find out what #1 was, Dabbler? You have a subscription to the Times?

Nope -- but I apparently hadn't used up my quota. Some publications allow so-many free accesses per month.  Others may allow only a few, total, or none at all.  In any case, I assume they use cookies to keep track.

All I did was click on the link in the item you linked to -- which may have succeeded merely because I was on my tablet, which I rarely use to go online, so my count was probably still zero.  You might try deleting your Times cookie, if you can find it (or perhaps them).

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Hm, I hadn't thought of that, good one!

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