Sherlock filming: your guide to the TV show's locations
Sherlock fans are today bracing the cold to catch a glimpse of Benedict Cumberbatch, as filming for the hit TV show continues in Cheltenham.
Followers are hoping to spot the star again after yesterday gathering outside The Daffodil for the first day of filming. Today's shoot is expected to be the last of this series in Cheltenham.
A similar flurry of excitement was seen in Bristol last week when BBC camera crews stationed themselves in Portland Square. Fans gathered to watch as scenes were shot in front of what appeared to be a large bonfire for the third instalment of the crime drama.
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It isn’t the first time the city served as the backdrop for the television show – Bristol South Swimming Pool in Bedminster was the site of the cliff-hanger standoff between Sherlock Holmes, John Watson and Jim Moriarty, fan website Sherlockology reports.
The pool is also where a young Mark Gatiss learnt how to swim.
Bristol and Cheltenham take pride of place as Sherlock filming locations alongside Cardiff, Newport and London.
Series one spots include Camden, Soho, Westminster, the City of London and Victoria Embankment.
Scenes were shot both inside and outside Speedy’s Sandwich Bar & Café in Camden, while the borough’s North Gower Street was transformed into Baker Street for a number of episodes. And Doctor John Watson’s fateful encounter with his old friend Mike Stanford takes place in Camden’s Russell Square Gardens, says Sherlockology.
And although stated as being in Northumberland Street onscreen, the restaurant where Sherlock and John wait for a murderer to reveal himself is actually located at 46 Broadwick Street in the borough of Soho, the fan website reports.
Meanwhile Cardiff University’s School of Chemistry building stars as Roland Kerr College, and the fictitious National Antiques Museum in The Blind Banker is actually the real-life National Museum Cardiff.
Interiors for the Chinese Circus were shot at the Newbridge Memorial Hall theatre in Newbridge, and exteriors and interiors for The Lucky Cat Emporium were shot on location in Newport.
Series two featured Battersea Powerstation, Buckingham Palace, Parliament Square, Millennium Bridge, the Old Bailey and the Tower of London.
Meanwhile the Cross Keys pub Sherlock and John use as a base throughout The Hounds of Baskerville is in fact named The Bush Inn, based in the Vale of Glamorgan, and the exteriors of the Baskerville Research Facility are actually a Liquified Natural Gas Storage Facility based near Merthyr Tydfil.
And the boarding school attended by the Bruhl siblings Max and Claudine is actually the Grade I listed Tredegar House, situated in Newport, Sherlockology says.
And the final scene of The Reichenbach Fall was filmed in St Woolos Cemetery in Newport.
Series two camera crews also visited Bristol South Swimming Pool and Dartmoor.
5 surprising Sherlock facts
- The original plan was to produce a series of six 60-minute Sherlock episodes should the pilot prove to be successful. However, the first version of the pilot sparked rumours Sherlock was “a potential disaster” in the words of the Guardian.
The BBC decided not to transmit the pilot, and instead expanded and rewrote the episode and amended the series format to three 90-minute episodes.
“Media studies courses should clear space on the syllabus for a remarkable illustration of the differences that creative rethinking and editorial intervention can make”, said the Guardian.
- Doctor Who star Matt Smith was turned down for a part in Sherlock, Steven Moffat revealed in 2010. Speaking to Doctor Who Magazine, the Who producer admitted Smith auditioned for the role of Dr Watson before landing the role of the Doctor.
- Some 7.5 million viewers tuned in to the first episode of Sherlock in in July 2010.
- Lara Pulver's nude scenes in Sherlock, screened in May 2012, helped the episode to become the most-watched show on the BBC iPlayer so far that year. Moffat contested accusations the scenes were inappropriate to show before the 9pm watershed.
- Moffat reacted furiously last year to suggestions his leading character is a sexist after he changed the character of Irene Adler in A Scandal in Belgravia from an opera singer to a dominatrix.