Aaron Richards (Young Mycroft Holmes) Interview

mycroft-1The fourth (and possibly final) series of Sherlock came to an explosive end on Sunday. I spoke to Aaron Richards who played a young Mycroft Holmes in flashback scenes, to find out about his experience filming the show.

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Hi Aaron. Really enjoyed the flashback scenes in the latest episode. How many days were you filming for?

Umm well, I was only filming for 2 days. However young Sherlock was filming for much longer than me.

mycroft2What was it like working on the set of such a large-scale production?

It was really enjoyable to see the behind the scenes and work alongside some great actors. The sets were amazing and the cast were really friendly!

Did you have to keep your involvement secret or could you talk about your role before the episode aired?

No, I couldn’t publicise it. I signed a contract of secrecy.

mycroft-3Did you get to meet any of the main cast whilst filming?

I met Mark Gatiss and Benedict Cumberbatch. They were both extremely kind and friendly.

Did Mark Gatiss give you any particular instructions on how to play the character of Mycroft?

He was giving me small pointers as I was acting, from off-screen. Just the ways Mycroft would react with sharing, family and food etc.

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Thank you Aaron for speaking to me. If anybody is interested in my Sherlock filming locations video, it can be found here.

Sherlock Series 3 Review

It was two years ago that we saw Sherlock Holmes fall to his death and somehow survive. Two years of constant waiting, constant theories and fanficiton. Hours have been spent anticipating the return of Sherlock Holmes. And now another Series is over.

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Although mainly featured on Sherlock’s return and the impact it had on the other characters, the episode also has an interesting case, terrorism no less. There’s a nice scene with Sherlock thinking about the Underground (nice direction by the way) and a heart wrenching moment when Sherlock and John become trapped in the terrorist’s bomb and think they are going to die.

There’s been much criticism that the solution to this case was too simple, Sherlock merely having to flick an off switch however I liked the almost entirely character-driven episode and though it was good to end on an uncomplicated note.

sherlock-episode-3-01-the-empty-hearse-full-set-of-promotional-photos-28_fullIf I thought the whole series was to continue to the same high standards as Episode 1, I was sorely disappointed when it came to ‘The Sign of Three’. The episode, which is centred around John and mary’s wedding, was full of missed opportunities. Some great characters, an interesting case and even getting to see Sherlock and John drunk were all thrown away when the production team decided to hire some god-awful director to lead the episode.

In fact the the directing of this episode was so poor that it seems even the acting and music suffered and in my opinion the whole episode was very sub-standard. The transitions were to quick and jaggardy, the flashbacks to hectic and the solution to the case being given away without much thought. Although Sherlock’s best man speech did have a very emotional 20 seconds half way through.

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????And finally we come to ‘His Last Vow’. Exactly why it’s called that I don’t know however what I can say is that it was one of the most beautiful, emotional and thrilling things I have ever had the pleasure to watch. I’m not going to bore you with the plot, I’ll just say that it was centres around Charles Augustus Magnussen, a criminal mastermind and blackmailer. Lars Mikkelsen gives a fantastic performance, creating a character who is not only terrifying but who I would go so far as to say beats the performance of Mr Scott himself. How do the Sherlock creators managed to create such perfect villains?

Additionally this episode gave us two of the best scenes in Sherlock history, one of which had me clutching my seat, the other of which had me in tears. Of course the first was the beautifully shot trip we took into Sherlock’s mind palace as he worked out how to not die (again!). Here we saw Molly, Mycroft and even Sherlock’s arch nemesis Moriarty turn up with Andrew Scott giving yet another wonderfully insane performance. The second scene was when John discovered his wife Mary’s secret and the fact that she had been lying to him since they had met. This was the one where I was crying.

Apart from creating amazing villains the Sherlock creators like to end the series with a final confrontation between Sherlock and his enemy. ‘His Last Vow’ did not disappoint as Sherlock and John go head to head with Magnussen who turns out to have thousands of pages of information stored not in underground vaults but in his own Mind Palace. It’s amazing to see Sherlock beaten and even better to see him shoot his rival in the head. Let’s hope he really is dead unlike Moriarty whom it turns out, faked it as well. I really didn’t like the ending.

Sherlock-Episode-3.03-His-Last-Vow-Promotional-Photos-4_FULLAnd so another series is over. Another long wait is ahead. But for now we’ve got 4.5 extra hours worth of material to repeatedly rewatch.

Sherlock Filming Locations Trip

A few days ago, me and my good friend Tim went on a little trip to London and visited many of the locations used to shot scenes from Sherlock. We made this little documentary about the day. Enjoy everybody!

A shrine for Sherlock

Today me and my friend went on a trip to London where we toured some of the many places Sherlock has been filmed. When we got to St Bartholomew’s Hospital and the place where Sherlock faked his death, we found a phone box which had been converted into a shrine of messages for the dead detective.

Some intresting messages

Someone has artistic skill

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And so of course we felt we must contribute ourselves.

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A Study of Sherlock

How often is it that we find a TV drama that we find generally interesting and exciting? Not very often I hear you cry.

Sherlock is one of those rarities. Brilliantly written, well thought through and a perfect twist on the original Sherlock Holmes books.

Sherlock follows the trails of two detectives (played by Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman). The first, Sherlock, is a highly intellectual sociopath who is so anyoning the audiance can’t help but fall in love with him. The other is the calmly rational and dignified John Watson, a retired Army doctor from Afghanistan.

And so steadily we learn more about these two characters as they solve mysteries from the mysterious lady in pink (loosely based on ‘A study in Scarlet’) to the mysterious hounds of Baskerville (loosely based on ‘The hound of the Baskervilles’)

The story is made complete with an aray of brilliantly chosen sideline characters from DI Greg Lestrade, the mysterious Mycroft Holmes and fussy old Mrs Hudson.

I would definitely recommend this show to anybody who enjoys TV drama. It is the perfect balance between comedy, drama and mystery.

If you have not seen this brilliant drama then firstly where have you been living for the past two years and secondly, get out there and buy it!!!