We are the Benedict Cumberbatch Appreciation Society - or BCAS (which is pronounced Beecass, not B-C-A-S). This is a highly esteemed organistion with two founding members - BB and HAN. We are not the average fangirl stalkers mind.... oh no. We do have other things in our lives apart from stalking a certain someone, but it should be recognised that Mr Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch deserves some recognition for his AWESOMENESS and general gobsmacking acting. We can't promise that we will blog all the time, but hopefully keep up with the latest Cumberbatch gossip as well as our reviews and ramblings. If you feel you are a worthy Cumberbatch supporter, feel free to subscribe, comment and input into the newly founded shrine for this amazing actor. Cheers.

Monday, 5 March 2012

A Bit More Sherlock Art... and the Best Present I Have Ever Received

Hello one and all,
I hope you all enjoyed the crockery post. BB and I had the most enjoyable time decorating those ceramics - and they came out surprisingly well! Our good old friend SH (no, not Sherlock Holmes) who is also a fellow BenMaBeb fan gave me a VERY late birthday present (late, bearing in mind my birthday is September - it is so late, it is almost early for my next birthday). However in this case, I will forgive her, as it is probably the most gorgeous present that I have ever been given. So, ladies and gentlemen I proudly present...
Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock - a drawing by our official blog artist - SH.

SH - I love it. I know you think I am being all sentimental and mushy, but seriously, you have been moved up my favourite people list because of this. A big, awkward, unwanted hug coming your way soon. 

BB and I promise that we will be back with proper posts soon, but there is no peace...or rest for the wicked.


IOU - Moriarty to Sherlock
(In our case, WE O U about 65 blog posts XD)

Friday, 2 March 2012

Sherlockian Crockery

Hello readers,

I thought I'd take this blog post to show off your BCAS bloggers' creative side, as you mainly get to experience our literary ramblings, rather than our artistic *cough* expertise *cough*. Now, this isn't something we do everyday, in fact, this isn't something I've ever attempted before, but HAN and I got painting a few weeks back. And as you can see, this wasn't any ordinary painting: this was Sherlockian Crockery painting. 

I must confess, it was HAN who came prepared with the Holmes silhouette and quote bank, which I guess makes up for her temporarily losing her Benedict Cumberbatch shirt.

And these awesomosoarus pictures were the day's creations. The plate belongs to HAN, who went for the sleek, stylish and sophisticated black and white look, combining some of the programme's best quotes, as well as the snazzy BCAS initials. I went for the mug, because you can never have too many, and decided to "Union Flag" (it's only Jack when it's flying at sea) the silhouette, and go for the "falling's just like flying" quote, with BCAS written on the handle. There was a little bit of a major doubt in my mind as to how mine was going to appear, as the blue paint was purple before the mug was glazed, and I didn't have 100% confidence in it coming out blue. Thankfully, it did.

So, that's it for this BCAS update. Thanks for reading, and as always, please feel completely free to input into the blog by commenting, subscribing and telling your friends about us. And if any of you feel compelled to make your own Sherlockian Crockery, let us know - we'd love to see them!

BB :) 

"Would you like to know who ate the wafer?" --- Sherlock to the Judge

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Sherlock Joke - Thanks to JB

Our Friend JB shared this on Facebook and we though it deserved a mention on the blog...

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson go on a camping trip. After a good dinner and a bottle of wine, they retire for the night, and go to sleep.

Some hours later, Holmes wakes up and nudges his faithful friend. “Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.”

“I see millions and millions of stars, Holmes” replies Watson.

“And what do you deduce from that?”

Watson ponders for a minute. “Well, 

Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. 

Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. 

Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. 

Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. 

Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful, and that we are a small and insignificant part of the universe. 
But what does it tell you, Holmes?”

Holmes is silent for a moment. 

“Watson, you idiot!” he says. “Someone has stolen our tent!”


Friday, 10 February 2012

Falling's just like flying, except there's a more permanent destination

Well, push me off the top of a hospital, because it's been absolutely ages since Sherlock Series Two Episode Three aired, and I can't believe it's taken me this long to get my act together and give a little review. My sincere apologies - I have honestly never been so busy in my life.

And what can I say? It was absolutely gobsmackingly awesome and 100% riveting. In fact, there is so much to say that I may just have to give you a long spiel of the rushed notes I made while re-watching it, otherwise I will be forever kicking myself for leaving something out. I'll put in brackets any explanations necessary because some of them I can't even understand myself. So, here goes:

Not sure I like his therapist (Aimed at John's therapist, who got his hands shaking from trauma wrong in Series 1 Ep 1, and doesn't seem to understand the enormity of SHERLOCK DYING)

Falls of the Reichenbach - the Reichenbach hero (nice touch there)

Boffin & the Bachelor

Casual hanging mannequin (some theories as to whether this has something to do with Sherlock's survival?)

I wonder where we can get Moriarty's app from? Loving the symphony conducting.

"He's back"

Conan Doyle reference on newspapers (look closely - another nice touch)

"I'll just be myself"

Trial - hilarious - "would you like to know who ate the wafer?"

Sherlock makes tea :)

"Every fairy tale needs a good old-fashioned villain"

Finger tapping - binary (I would like to take a moment to point out that I figured out it was binary before it was mentioned. Yes.)

Everyone needs a live-in ordinary person.

IOU? Apple, hospital windows. "I owe you a fall Sherlock" (Is this the last we'll hear of this?)

John taken off in a strange car AGAIN

Anderson's back! Doing a brilliant impression of an idiot. And Donavon = a bit of a cow tbh.

Molly = Moriarty's girlfriend (did anyone else other than me forget this little nugget of information?)

Screaming child - why? (Possibly left unexplained?)

Sir Boastalot cab movie - creepy as. Slowly his world falls apart around him - brilliant editing between 2 scenes + music. (A massive nod to Andrew Scott at this moment, who I must say was awesome throughout.)

I'd quite like 4 assassins to protect me. (Slight nod to the book)

So much love for John with the "no-one could fake being such a dick all the time" line.

The punch. YES JOHN.

Moriarty the storyteller ... lock up your children. Rich Brook - Reichen Bach (How do they think it all up?)

The Molly scene. Aww.

Mycroft. Tut tut tut. Smarmy git. Another awesome John moment.

Music - Beegees - staying alive's boring. (I must also take a moment to mention SH's (that's not Sherlock Holmes) musical awareness to spot the Johann Sebastian Bach references.)

Mrs Hudson's injury = nod to original (where John was called away to a supposedly dying woman). Also suicide call allowed by M (similar to the note which John finds)

M's short coat has NOTHING on Sherlock's.

Even cares about Greg - despite not knowing his first name before Ep 2 (but no Molly in friends list...)

Martin Freeman - had nearly in tears - "don't be dead" line even when you know he's not dead & didn't even believe the lie at the end - John! (I must admit, his acting was superb.)

So, that's pretty much all the notes I scribbled down and have spent the last however long trying to decipher, except for the possible theories on how Sherlock survived, but I think the plan is to save that for another post. This was a particularly amazing and clever episode, sending me through all the emotions from despair to laughter and back again (repeat process constantly for 90 mins), and credit must be shared equally between writers, directors, actors, musicians, camerapeople and in all honesty everyone who was working on it. I can't wait until Series Three!

If you have anything else you'd like to add about this episode, or theories on Sherlock's survival, or just anything Sherlocky or Benedict-related, please leave a comment.

Thanks for reading

BB :)

"Do you think you could survive for just a few minutes without showing off?" --- Judge to Sherlock

Thursday, 2 February 2012

The Reichenbach Fall - Quotes

Hello my dears,
So here is the thing: due to the disgusting, wrist-slitting amount of work that BB and I have been burdened with over the few weeks, we have monumentally cocked up and have not written anything on the blog about Sherlock 2 episode 2 and 3. We will rectify this glaring flaw in the near future, that is a promise. And if we don't, you can skin us, and then make us into shoes. As the quoting maestro of this little blogging duo, I also want to explain my method for getting these gems of literary genius on paper. On Sunday nights I watch the episode and fall in love with it all over again. Then during the week, I attempt to watch the episode at least twice more and write out all the quotes by hand. Then I type them up on Thursday or Friday in the week. This is a long but thoroughly enjoyable process, but of course I make a few mistakes and mis-quote some of it or miss some out whilst frantically writing the line before. To be honest, Sherlock is so gobsmackingly brilliant that I end up writing out the whole script for you. I think it would also be a great opportunity to say that I do not own any of the material in the quote posts - I am merely sharing the awesomess of Sherlock with all of the fans out there. Here are the quotes for 'The Reichenbach Fall', the last episode of Series 2:

Watson: My best friend, Sherlock Holmes, is dead.

Watson: Say thank you.
Sherlock: Why?
Watson: Just say it.
Sherlock: Thank You.

Sherlock: A tiepin, I don’t wear ties.

 Watson: Sarcasm.
Sherlock: Yes.

Sherlock: Boffin, boffin Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock: Why is it always the hat photograph (punches newspaper!)
Watson: Bachelor, bachelor John Watson.
Sherlock: What kind of hat is it anyway?
Watson: What the hell are they implying?
Sherlock: Is it a cap, why has it got two fronts?
Watson: It’s a deerstalker…frequently seen in the company of bachelor John Watson.
Sherlock: How can you stalk a deer with a hat?
Watson: Confirmed bachelor John Watson.
Sherlock: Is it some sort of death Frisbee?
Watson Ok this is too much we need to be more careful.
Sherlock: It’s got flaps, ear flaps, its an ear hat John…what do you mean more careful?
Watson: I mean, this isn’t a deerstalker now; this is a Sherlock Holmes hat. I mean that you’re not exactly a private detective anymore; you are this far from famous.
Sherlock: Oh, it’ll pass.

Watson: It’s your phone.
Sherlock: Mmm, keeps doing that.

Moriarty: No Rush.

Watson: Sherlock.
Sherlock: Not now.
Watson: Sherlock.
Sherlock: Not now.
Watson: He’s back.

Watson: Intelligent fine, let’s give smart arse a wide berth.
Sherlock: I will just be myself
Watson: Are you listening to me?

Sherlock: You repel me.

Sherlock: First, James Moriarty isn’t a man at all.

Judge: Do you think you could survive for just a few minutes without showing off?

Watson: What did I say? I said don’t get clever.
Sherlock: I can’t just turn it off like a tap.

Watson: Don’t do that.
Sherlock: Do what?
Watson: The look
Sherlock: Look?
Watson: The look, you’re doing the look again.                
Sherlock: Well I cant see it can I? (Looks in mirror) It’s my face
Watson: Yes and it’s doing a thing, you’re doing a thing that says we both know what’s really going on here face.
Sherlock: We do.
Watson: No I don’t, which is why I find the face so annoying.

Sherlock: Most people knock, well then your not most people I suppose.

Moriarty: Every fairy-tale needs a good old-fashioned villain.

Moriarty: What’s the final problem, I did tell you but you didn’t listen.

Moriarty: Do you find it hard to say you don’t know?
Sherlock: I don’t know.

Moriarty: Honey, you should see me in a crown.

Moriarty: Suddenly, I am Mr Sex.           

Sherlock: What is it all for?

Moriarty: Falling is just like flying, it’s just that there’s a more permanent destination.

Moriarty: I owe you.

Mycroft: We don’t want a repeat of 1972.

Watson: I was thinking about doing a drinks thing for the neighbours.
Mycroft: I don’t think you want to.

Watson: Why don’t you talk to Sherlock if you are so concerned about him? Oh God, don’t tell me
Mycroft: There’s too much history between us John. Old scores, resentments.
Watson: Nicked all his smurfs? Broke his action man?

Lestrade: Isn’t it great to be working with a celebrity?

Sherlock: Brilliant Anderson.
Anderson: Really.
Sherlock: Brilliant impression of an idiot.

Watson: Having fun?
Sherlock: Starting to.
Watson: Try to stop the smiling? Kidnapped children?

Sherlock: The more they ate the faster they died.
Watson: Sherlock.

Lestrade: Don’t let it get to you, I always feel like screaming when you walk into a room, well so do most people.

Sherlock: This is my cab. You get the next one.
Watson: Why?
Sherlock: Because you might talk.

Sherlock: He died because I shook his hand.

Sherlock: Dust is eloquent.
Mrs Hudson: What’s he on about?

Mrs Hudson: Cameras? Here, I’m in my nighty!

Watson: Sherlock, I don’t want the world believing that you’re…
Sherlock: I’m a what
Watson: That, you’re a fraud.

Watson: No one could fake being such an annoying dick all the time.

Watson: They’re all queuing up to slap on the handcuffs. Every single officer that you’ve made feel like a tit.

Watson: Sherlock, we are going to need to coordinate.

 If you think that there are anymore worthy quotes - feel free to comment. 
We want this to be a Sherlock community, a two way conversation, so just add your thoughts to the post.


Saturday, 14 January 2012

Preview for Sherlock Series 2 Episode 3

Absolutely no writing needed - I can't wait!

BB :)

"Intelligent, fine. Let's give smart ass a wide birth." --- John

Friday, 13 January 2012

Get out your cheekbones and turn up your coat collars

Hello readers,

Sorry for the delay in posting the review for Sherlock Series 2 Episode 2, but I’ve been a tad busy this week!

So, like last week, HAN and I decided to watch the second instalment together, but at her house this time. (I would like to take a moment to point out to all readers that I did wear my Benedict Cumberbatch t-shirt for both viewings.I don't let the side down haha.)  And I think we wanted to know the same thing as the rest of the country: what were they going to do with the dog?

Well, in simple terms, something very different to what Arthur Conan Doyle did with it. I’m not sure they had hallucinogenic fog in his day. I must say, this was an extremely clever take on the many adaptations of ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ that seem convinced that the Devon moors are constantly shrouded in mist. Okay, so they may not be the tropics, but they’re not that bad. Honestly...

But let me go back to the beginning, before Sherlock and John made it to Devon. One of the biggest ‘laugh out loud’ moments has to have been the “shut up and smoke” part, involving some outlandish acting from Benedict while Martin Freeman as John tried his utmost to keep a straight face. Also worth a massive mention (skipping back to Devon again) was the Land Rover. Well, to be more precise, Sherlock driving the Land Rover. Forget the “where did they hire it from” question: when did Sherlock learn to drive?

So, there were quite a few allusions to the book littered throughout the episode: Major Barrymore with his beard, Dr Mortimor, Sir Henry Baskerville becoming Henry Knight, and, of course, Dr Stapleton, the red herring. I must say that HAN and I did pick up on the “cell phone” reference from Franklin, but I am claiming absolutely no credit for guessing that he was the man behind it all, because, quite frankly (note the pun), I didn’t. And just when we thought John had deduced something for himself with “UMQRA”, it turns out it was actually a different sort of “dogging”. Bless him.

There were an uncountable number of awesome moments, a few of my favourites being possibly the best camera shot EVER involving the lift doors, as well as Benedict trying to hold back tears, which may have produced a few “aww”s from me and HAN. Such a shame it was drug induced. This review couldn’t be complete, though, without a special mention of the mind palace scene. BEST BIT BEST BIT BEST BIT! Some gobsmackingly awesome improvisation from Benedict, coupled with incredible computer graphics and the hilarious Elvis moment just made it for me. Yes. Just yes.

So, this leaves me looking forward with mega anticipation to this Sunday’s episode – what was Moriarty doing in that cell?...

Anyway, I must wrap this post up – I need to go to my mind palace.


"It's not actually possible for the victim to have done it." --- John to Sherlock (an awesome Cluedo gag that deserves some recognition)