‘Sherlock’ Director: “We Did A Few False Shots”

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in 'Sherlock'

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in ‘Sherlock’. Or is it?

Things we definitely know to be true: when Steven Moffat is in charge of a TV show with a huge fanbase, he is not above throwing a few red herrings out there to try and protect the secrets and surprises in the story, in much the same way that your shoes are not above your head.

So it goes with the filming of Season 3 of Sherlock, which has been dogged with photographers (professional and amateur) trying to put together a portfolio of photographic clues as the big unanswered questions: what will happen next, who will Holmes and Watson encounter, and most pressingly, how did Sherlock fall off that building in “The Reichenbach Fall” and not die?

It should come as no surprise, therefore, to find out that some false trails have been laid down, just to make it harder for anyone to jump to conclusions. Jeremy Lovering, the director of “The Empty Hearse” – the first story of Season 3 – told Flicks and the City that the production team created some fake scenes and filmed them, so even the hardest core of Sherlockians can’t be 100% sure that they have deduced correctly what is going on.

“We did a few false shots,” he said. “There will be things that people saw that have nothing to do with it. That’s the way we handled it.”

Here’s the full interview, ostensibly concerning his latest project, the movie In Fear:

Mind you, he could be fibbing too.

Read Benedict Cumberbatch’s note to Sherlock snoopersnappers here.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2. He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage. Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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