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Both seasons were originally shown on PBS as part of Masterpiece Mystery. The first season is available from Netflix, but they haven't had the second series of 3 episodes. I actually purchased the English version from Amazon UK about 3 or 4 years ago because there was no US version, but about a year and a half ago an American version came out which I got from Amazon US. The US version is much better quality, and along with the quality of the writing is, in my opinion, worth every penny.

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Our library has DVDs for S1 and S2 but the S2 DVD despite having different packaging was the same content as the S1 DVD. I'll have to try again to see if I can find the actual S2...

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Both seasons were originally shown on PBS as part of Masterpiece Mystery. The first season is available from Netflix, but they haven't had the second series of 3 episodes. I actually purchased the English version from Amazon UK about 3 or 4 years ago because there was no US version, but about a year and a half ago an American version came out which I got from Amazon US. The US version is much better quality, and along with the quality of the writing is, in my opinion, worth every penny.

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On Netflix US, all three prior seasons of Sherlock have been available for a few months.
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On Netflix US, all three prior seasons of Sherlock have been available for a few months.
You're right. I apologize. I should not have hijacked this thread.

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You're right. I apologize. I should not have hijacked this thread.

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My fault too but maybe if you edit your post 300 to read "Both seasons of CH" it would clear up the confusion.

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Sherlock returns 1/1/2017
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Thanks for the update. I am torn over whether to say "Hurrah!" or "It's about time."

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Considering Benedict Cumberbatch's busy film schedule I suppose we're lucky to get a three episode season every once in awhile.
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That's just what I was going to say. Between him and Martin Freeman, it's a wonder they found time to shoot a single scene. Glad they did though.
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That's just what I was going to say. Between him and Martin Freeman, it's a wonder they found time to shoot a single scene. Glad they did though.
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It's also a surprise that they can still afford him. He can demand a lot more than when this series first started.

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I would guess that he does it out of enjoyment and not for the money, because he has enough other engagements now that he could easily just refuse to do more episodes. The role of Sherlock Holmes is probably appealing for any actor who's serious about the craft.
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Not to mention, he's at the center of a cultural phenomena. For us, this is a Sunday night public television show that probably doesn't even pull the ratings of the latest CSI incarnation. But in New Zealand, and perhaps other countries, The Abominable Bride premiered in movie theaters before it was shown on free TV there.
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Considering that they are doing 90 minute episodes... it's the equivalent of filming a "standard" 6-episode British series... so it's not that much shorter than the kind of thing they typically do for a show, even a popular one.

I know Doctor Who gets about twice that many in a series, but they always say that it's like filming two series back-to-back from their perspective.

I'm sure he likes doing the show... As long as it doesn't keep him from doing other things that force him to make a choice, I wouldn't be surprised to see him keep doing it as long as everyone involved wants to keep making more.

One of the things that it seems the UK is a little better than the US at doing... in the US, if an actor is on a highly-rated show and the movies come calling... many TV shows won't let him do a movie until his TV contract expires and then they force him to choose. Think back in the day when Tom Selleck could have been Indiana Jones IF he could have been allowed the time to shoot it while on Magnum PI... but they wouldn't let him do it.

In this way, the BBC gets to have high-profile actors on TV series and some of them become even higher profile by going and making movies... then coming back to the UK to shoot more for the BBC because they like doing the show and it hasn't held them back.

The Doctor Who schedule, twice as much show, isn't as flexible... and has forced some actors to decide on more Who vs more lucrative offers elsewhere... and sometimes those offers don't pan out and then they can't just go back. Cumberbatch gets to be on a popular show that has a shooting schedule that allows him lots of free time to make other stuff. And we all are better off for it!

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I would guess that he does it out of enjoyment and not for the money, because he has enough other engagements now that he could easily just refuse to do more episodes. The role of Sherlock Holmes is probably appealing for any actor who's serious about the craft.
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Not to mention, he's at the center of a cultural phenomena. For us, this is a Sunday night public television show that probably doesn't even pull the ratings of the latest CSI incarnation. But in New Zealand, and perhaps other countries, The Abominable Bride premiered in movie theaters before it was shown on free TV there.
That makes sense because it's been an iconic character for him that really made his career.

Although now he has Dr. Strange coming out. If he can get the kind of writing and directing that Robert Downey Jr. did with Iron Man, he might not be so inclined to invest time in Sherlock any more. Dr. Strange has a lot of potential to be just as popular and make him a boatload of money.

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Although now he has Dr. Strange coming out. If he can get the kind of writing and directing that Robert Downey Jr. did with Iron Man, he might not be so inclined to invest time in Sherlock any more. Dr. Strange has a lot of potential to be just as popular and make him a boatload of money.
I agree with Aleron. Cumberbatch is a Mastah Thespian! There's a reason why many top-flight movie actors can't let go of live theater, in spite of the long hours and low pay compared to film work. They feel a connection with the audience there, and appreciate being able to practice their craft in a pressure situation where there are no second takes.

I suspect Benedict loves playing Sherlock Holmes and would basically do it for free at this point. Martin Freeman would still need to get paid, though. His Hobbit & Fargo money can't last forever.
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I agree with Aleron. Cumberbatch is a Mastah Thespian! There's a reason why many top-flight movie actors can't let go of live theater, in spite of the long hours and low pay compared to film work. They feel a connection with the audience there, and appreciate being able to practice their craft in a pressure situation where there are no second takes.
I always thought for the Hollywood actors, it's because they like a good reason to go live in New York for awhile

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I always thought for the Hollywood actors, it's because they like a good reason to go live in New York for awhile
There may be something to that. But eight shows a week in a Broadway play would be grueling for the most dedicated actor. A lot of them do it, though. They may indeed be willing to undertake such a grind because living in New York while starring in a Broadway show would likely be pretty nice.

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So are people only now suggesting Cumberbatch is too big to be in a TV show like Sherlock because he's staring in a forthcoming Marvel movie, which may or may not be any good and merit a sequel? Or were people saying this earlier, specifically following his breakout role as "All" in Zoolander 2?

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There may be something to that. But eight shows a week in a Broadway play would be grueling for the most dedicated actor. A lot of them do it, though. They may indeed be willing to undertake such a grind because living in New York while starring in a Broadway show would likely be pretty nice.
I wonder if it's true that it's that grueling once they settle into the role? What is that? 40 hours a week maybe? Seems less grueling than musicians who do one show five or six days a week on tour but are constantly on the road.

Anyway, I do bet the theater life is a refreshing change for some over 12 to 16 hours a day on the set for a movie.

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Yeah, what's more grueling... a nightly show on Broadway that is the same each night once you settle into the role and get to know your fellow players... OR a TV show or movie where you film 10+ hour days and each week it's an entirely different thing?

IF their money is good... I could see them taking a "break" from the grind and doing a Broadway show that they enjoy doing and perfecting for a while.
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