Sunday, May 3, 2015

Sherlocked - The Event (in Which I Meet Benedict Cumberbatch!!!)

As I’ve announced, I recent signed a new 6-book contract with Harlequin Intrigue. While, I’m thrilled about that, writing six books in 13 months is not leaving me much left over time to write on my blog, or to keep people as updated about our life in Germany as I'd  like to.

Quite a few people have asked why I haven’t posted much about our new house yet. There's a reason; A VERY EXCITING REASON. I can’t officially announce anything right now, but let’s just suffice it to say that we have been contacted about the possibility of telling the story of how we came to choose the house we are in –and not, say, two other houses that we hunted considered-- in a much more public medium, that does not involve my blog.

I can’t help you more than that, people. You either watch HGTV or you don’t.

I’ll keep you posted.

But the other thing I wanted to post about was what me and Kiddo #1 did last week: attended the SHERLOCKED CONVENTION in London (April 24-26).

It was a rather smallish convention (compared to some of the Cons in the States) centered around BBC's Sherlock, but neither my daughter or I had ever been to one, so we had a great time.
Benedict Cumberbatch
AND WE GOT TO MEET BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH. Only maybe for a 15 seconds, but it was still worth it. I’m sure he remembers me.

(Actually, I felt kind of bad for the guy. Taking formal pictures with as many people as he did can’t be easy. He was very stiff. British. Found out later he had a head-cold, so that may have had something to do with it.)


Kiddo #1 was a little disappointed by her brief interaction with BC, but Andrew Scott (Moriarty) and Rupert Graves (Lestrade) more than made up for it with her. They were friendly, genuine, talkative and fun.
 Not as fun as SOME actors are known to be with their fans at Cons….

But still pretty fun.  
Rupert Graves
But, “British reserve” was the order of the day. It was brought up multiple times throughout the talks, a reminder of sorts that this Con would not be like those sordid and unseemly American ones.

We should all behave in proper British manner… because Sherlock would expect us to. Ahem, there may or may not now be restraining orders out against me from multiple actors from the show.
Sherlock Cast
Yes, Janie has trouble remembering not to hug the celebrities.
Lars Mikkelsen
When I told Lars Mikkelsen he scared me so much I almost didn't want a picture, he offered 
to pretend flick my face, as he does as the villain on Season 3. :) Super fun guy

The talks at Sherlocked were plentiful and mostly interesting. A lot of Q&A sessions, and some more formal topics: the women of Sherlock, cosplay, design of the show, etc. Producers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss (who also plays Mycroft) spoke about the general direction of the show, but never gave any secrets about future episodes away. 

And, of course, Benedict Cumberbatch brought the house (made up mostly of women) down:

The displays/memorabilia were rather lacking… a small costume  section (15-20 costumes from through-out the three seasons), and a few photo ops (the actual 221b door used on the set, a double decker bus with Sherlock/Moriarty’s pictures), Mycroft’s office.

BBC's Sherlock

BBC's Sherlock

BBC's Sherlock

BBC's Sherlock

BBC's Sherlock

BBC's Sherlock
But really, apart from the talks and standing in line to either get pictures or autographs, there wasn’t much to do. Having said that, we made lots of friends, all just as excited as us to be there.

Would I go again? No. There wasn’t enough to it to justify returning. Plus, now that Bendict has the restraining order out against me…

But I had a great time, fan-girling with my girl for a weekend. That definitely made it worthwhile.

1 comment:

  1. Too cool, Janie! Good to know it wasn't all that...