Sherlock case study


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  • Created on: 13-09-14 15:31
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  • Sherlock - Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss
    • Genre
      • British
      • Contemporary crime drama
      • Modern day  adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories 
    • Industry
      • Background and Context
        • Steven Moffat - Best known for being the producer and writer of Doctor Who and Sherlock. Has won several awards, including an Emmy and and BAFTA's
        • Mark Gatiss - Has written for and acted in Doctor Who and Sherlock
      • Production
        • Produced by Hartswood Films for BBC Wales
        • The pilot episode was reported to have cost £800,000 but was scrapped
        • Series three was produced with a budget of £5 million
      • Distribution and Marketing
        • UK release date July 2010
        • Distributed by BBC
        • Blogs that feature in the show were made live
        • Star appeal - At the time, Cumberbatch was not a big name star - the success from Sherlock and consequent roles ensured this. Most of the cast were recognisable, but Sherlock seemed to be their 'big break'
    • Narrative
      • Cases follow Todorov's structure
      • Plotlines do not always follow Todorov's structure (non-linear)
        • Utilises cliff hangers
        • Multiple disruptions in the narrative
      • Unconventional in Propp's theory
        • Sherlock/John switch being the Hero
        • John is sometimes the Princess
        • Irene switches from the Villain to the Princess
        • Mary Morstan turns out to be the False friend but then becomes the Princess
      • Utilises flashbacks
      • Has fictional/fantastical elements in realistic, everyday settings
    • Audience
      • Target Audience
        • Aired around 9pm-10:30pm
          • Not young children
          • Themes which might be upsetting to some
        • Males and females 15 - 35
          • Use of social networking e.g. blogs, hashtags
      • Audience Reception
        • The show has been met with critical acclaim across the series
        • The third series became the UK's most watched drama series since 2001
      • Audience Positioning
        • Close ups and POV shots are used to show clues as they are being deduced
        • POV shots are frequently
        • Text messages are shown on screen
        • On screen graphics are used to show Sherlock's thought processes
        • S03E01 can be considered 'meta' - references fan fiction, Reichenbach Fall theories, continues the 'We're not gay' humour
    • Representation
      • Irene Adler - **********, femme fatal, intelligent, flaw = 'sentiment'
      • Mary Morstan - comfortably middle class/intelligent, manipulative, loving
      • Allusions to Sherlock and John's sexuality


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