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Delve deep into the creative minds behind the world’s
greatest—and only—consulting detective with this ultimate
behind-the-scenes look at the making of the smash PBS television series
Sherlock, produced by BBC/Masterpiece and starring Benedict
Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

This is the hit series of
Sherlock as you’ve never seen it before, from story
development to casting, sets, costumes, props, music, and more. With
unprecedented access to the production team’s archives, as well as
all-new interviews, unseen script pages, more than 500 illustrations,
including color photographs, pieces of concept art, and storyboards,
Sherlock: Chronicles unlocks the secrets of each unforgettable
case in the words of the show’s creators, cast, and
crew.

Discover how the Sherlock team adapted classic adventures
and puzzles for a fresh new world. Meet the artists and designers whose
creative vision brought the show to life. See how the show’s
dedicated crew converted everyday locations into “the great
cesspool” of criminal London. Learn the real story about the
producers’ and writers’ vision for Sherlock’s clever
return from the grave at the beginning of season three, and what the
esteemed cast of actors—including Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin
Freeman, Rupert Graves, Mark Gatiss, and Una Stubbs—think about
bringing Holmes to life.

From 221B Baker Street to St.
Bart’s Hospital, from Buckingham Palace to Appledore, discover
what lies behind every one of Sherlock’s closed doors
with this essential companion for fans of the acclaimed show.


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Oct 04, 2018

I have been a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes since I was at school and even now, at the age of 54, I still think Arthur Conan Doyle's creation is a bit of a legend. This highly enjoyable guide to the first three series of the BBC programme is incredibly informative. However, some of my comments about the series itself may upset readers of a nervous disposition!
I thought the first series of Sherlock from 2010 was great fun, but decided to give up on watching any new episodes that might be made I have been a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes since I was at school and even now, at the age of 54, I still think Arthur Conan Doyle's creation is a bit of a legend. This highly enjoyable guide to the first three series of the BBC programme is incredibly informative. However, some of my comments about the series itself may upset readers of a nervous disposition!
I thought the first series of Sherlock from 2010 was great fun, but decided to give up on watching any new episodes that might be made after watching series 4 in 2017. The writers were so far up their own arse that Series 4 turned out to be a pretentious pile of crap. I had always enjoyed the style & direction of Sherlock & it's reinvention of a classic character. We did have a rather dull Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) & the screen's worst ever Moriary (Andrew Scott), but Martin Freeman was excellent as Watson.
Sherlock Chronicles takes us back to the creation of the series & not only are we treated to some excellent interviews with cast & crew the book is full of great photographs too. It's wonderful to hear how much Sherlock creators Mark Gatiss & Steven Moffat loved Conan Doyle's original stories. It's also lovely to hear of their appreciation for the many film & television incarnations of the great detective. This makes it all the more sad to see how far the series has moved away from Conan Doyle & the spirit of Holmes, & how it has become an insult to Sherlock Holmes rather than a fitting tribute.
Still, this guide takes us through the best years of Sherlock & I do have one consolation in the form of the TV series Elementary, with the excellent Johnny Lee Miller as Holmes. Not only is it better then Sherlock it does have a brilliant tag line: "New Holmes. New Watson. New York." Got to love that! ...more
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May 05, 2016

Not only I did love it, but also my (adorable) funko!Sherlock and funko!Moriarty loved it!
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Jun 16, 2014

Sherlock: Chronicles is an in depth guide to season 1 to 3 of the BBC production "Sherlock" starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

However, it isn't simply for fans of the show. Yes, the book is aimed at the show's fanbase, but it is also a book for Sherlock Holmes fans.

This book has photographs of earlier portrayals of Holmes and Watson, such as Brett & Hardwicke, and Rathbone & Bruce. There are also reproductions of a couple of Sidney Paget's original illustrations. For this Sherlock: Chronicles is an in depth guide to season 1 to 3 of the BBC production "Sherlock" starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

However, it isn't simply for fans of the show. Yes, the book is aimed at the show's fanbase, but it is also a book for Sherlock Holmes fans.

This book has photographs of earlier portrayals of Holmes and Watson, such as Brett & Hardwicke, and Rathbone & Bruce. There are also reproductions of a couple of Sidney Paget's original illustrations. For this Sherlock Holmes fan, the inclusion of photos from the 1970s movie "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" starring Robert Stephens and Colin Blakely was the icing on the cake.

There are many excellent photos, a lot of them behind the scenes, which delighted the heart of this backroom geek girl.

There are deleted scenes from the episodes, and also, for the Sherlock Holmes fans, wonderful comparisons of scenes from the script juxtaposed with the original pieces from the stories on which the quoted scene was based.

The book is also threaded through with quotes and interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Mark Gatiss, Steve Moffat, Sue Vertue, Loo Brealey, Arwen Wyn Jones et al.

Steve Tribe has created a book that will delight the fangirls, hold the interest of Sherlock Holmes fans, and absorb the geeks who love to know how things are done on television. And trust me, there is a lot of "How We Did This Stuff". I found how they did the tube train scenes in "The Empty Hearse" particularly fascinating.

Highly recommended. ...more
5

Jul 27, 2015

This one supercedes the awesome book earlier written by Guy Adams by virtue of the following:
1. It covers all the three seasons.
2. While lavishly illustrated with photographs and all things associated with the series (that practically make us swoon), the book also has a LOT to read, and that's a nice thing given the fact that the next season would start shooting in early 2016, and even the Christmas (Victorian) special is a LONG time away.
3. Bigger & heavier, this book feels like a tome, This one supercedes the awesome book earlier written by Guy Adams by virtue of the following:
1. It covers all the three seasons.
2. While lavishly illustrated with photographs and all things associated with the series (that practically make us swoon), the book also has a LOT to read, and that's a nice thing given the fact that the next season would start shooting in early 2016, and even the Christmas (Victorian) special is a LONG time away.
3. Bigger & heavier, this book feels like a tome, which has earned its place alongside the canon in your bookshelf.
So, what exactly are you waiting for? Go, get it! ...more
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Jan 01, 2015

This is a book you dip in an out of, so I can't really say that I finished it, all that I can say is, if you love the series or the books, you'll love the Chronicles. It gives you a really insightful look on the background of how it was made and comparisons with the original texts, as well as great image quality. I find it a treasure personally, it's always great to look at, but it might be boring if you don't know Sherlock Holmes well.
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Apr 22, 2019

/ 4.5 stars

this book is utterly gorgeous and now i really want to rewatch all of Sherlock .

- if you haven't watched the amazing BBC series with Benedict Cumberbatch & Martin Freeman, do it. now. it's amazing and such a tribute to the original stories.
- this book has so many gorgeous photos and behind the scenes info. like, interviews with Benedict, Martin, Louise, Andrew, etc., and the writers / directors / etc. it's such an interesting, illuminating peek behind the scenes of how Sherlock / 4.5 stars

this book is utterly gorgeous and now i really want to rewatch all of Sherlock .

- if you haven't watched the amazing BBC series with Benedict Cumberbatch & Martin Freeman, do it. now. it's amazing and such a tribute to the original stories.
- this book has so many gorgeous photos and behind the scenes info. like, interviews with Benedict, Martin, Louise, Andrew, etc., and the writers / directors / etc. it's such an interesting, illuminating peek behind the scenes of how Sherlock was made.
- this book gives the story behind how Mark & Steven came up with the idea, and how they went about pitching the idea. it also has deleted scenes! from the episodes, which were really cool to read about. fyi, this book only covers up to season 3, as season 4 hadn't been released yet.

such an amazing book, and i'll be busy rewatching Sherlock (for the fourth or so time ;) this week. ...more
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Mar 12, 2016

"You've got this egomaniacal, slightly autistic psychopath and this incredibly decent hard-working soldier, the two most opposite people who could ever possibly meet each other, who really rather adore each other and end up sharing a flat..." That's Steven Moffat, co-creator with Mark Gatiss of Sherlock. If any book could make the reader eager to re-watch all the episodes of a television show, it's Steve Tribe's Sherlock Chronicles.

It's obvious that Tribe, author of numerous Doctor Who books, "You've got this egomaniacal, slightly autistic psychopath and this incredibly decent hard-working soldier, the two most opposite people who could ever possibly meet each other, who really rather adore each other and end up sharing a flat..." That's Steven Moffat, co-creator with Mark Gatiss of Sherlock. If any book could make the reader eager to re-watch all the episodes of a television show, it's Steve Tribe's Sherlock Chronicles.

It's obvious that Tribe, author of numerous Doctor Who books, had unlimited access to Moffat, Gatiss, and Moffat's wife, producer Sue Vertue. The book is full of behind-the-scenes information, interviews with cast members, and even deleted scenes. Moffat and Gatiss tell the story, from the beginning, of their ideas for Sherlock. Eventually, they decided to "Take the Baker Street boys into the twenty-first century." And, as any fan knows, it works with Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Martin Freeman as John Watson, the man who would become Sherlock's best, possibly only, friend.

The co-creators stress the importance of that relationship between Sherlock and John. They even had to decide what the two men would call each other, deciding that in the twenty-first century it would feel phony to call each other Holmes and Watson as they did in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Victorian stories. But, it was important that the feeling of the friendship and the the atmosphere of the original stories remain authentic.

Sherlock, John, Mrs. Hudson, Lestrade, Irene Adler, Moriarty, Mycroft. They're all here in the comprehensive book that covers the background and episodes with beautiful colored photos. The interviews, stories, behind-the-scenes glimpses, are all important to fans of Sherlock. Steve Tribe's Sherlock Chronicles is a treat for any fan. ...more
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Dec 23, 2016

It shouldn't have taken me so long to finish this book, quite honestly. After all, it's not like I'm easily distracted- wait, is that my microwave dinging? Ooh, what a cute squirrel outside my window, so fat and fuzzy- hey, something sparkly! I think that's the earring I lost a couple of weeks ago! Wait, what was I saying? Oh, yes, the concentration abilities of an android, that's me. In any other circumstances, I would've finished this book in a couple of weeks, but I kept getting sidetracked It shouldn't have taken me so long to finish this book, quite honestly. After all, it's not like I'm easily distracted- wait, is that my microwave dinging? Ooh, what a cute squirrel outside my window, so fat and fuzzy- hey, something sparkly! I think that's the earring I lost a couple of weeks ago! Wait, what was I saying? Oh, yes, the concentration abilities of an android, that's me. In any other circumstances, I would've finished this book in a couple of weeks, but I kept getting sidetracked by other books and failed to simply take the time to pick this up and focus all my attention on it for the length of time needed to finish it.

Because it's a fascinating book, exactly the kind of behind-the-scenes, trivial tidbits, and insider stories compendium I adore digging into to find out more about my favorite television program or movie. Not only does it give background information on all the major players in the Sherlock series, it lays out the entire story of how the show came into existence, from idea to execution. Each episode is also broken down the same way, with asides showing deleted scenes, book-to-script comparisons, photographs, and behind-the-scenes articles on how each department (art, music, casting, SFX, location, etc.) worked to bring the team of Moffat, Gatiss, and Vertue's vision to life. Not to mention made the show into the worldwide phenomenon it is today.

Basically, if you're Sherlocked, this book should be on your shelf.
...more
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Jul 23, 2015

One of my favourite TV Series of all time. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the development and adaptation of the original works to the 21st Century. Lovely photos and behind the scenes information. Perfect addition for any fan of BBC Sherlock!
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Dec 11, 2019

A must-have for all the Sherlock fans out there, full of interviews, behind the scenes trivia, deleted lines and exclusive photos.

Also, I may be in love with the one of Andrew Scott caressing a mask with the facial features of Benedict Cumberbatch. Put it on my grave because after that I am - to quote Sherlock's drunk deduction - "deaded???".
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Sep 30, 2014

Who knew that adaptation of 19th century old set of novellas, would end up being most watched and globally recognised BBC brand two decades later? Watched by over 70 million of people worldwide Sherlock ranks as greatest cinematographicw achievement of this age. Sherlock Chronicle goes deeper inside it roots- discovering origin of canon, concept, but mainly making-of. I Got my copy early from Waterstones.
It is thick and divided into ten chapters (one introductions, later ones for each Who knew that adaptation of 19th century old set of novellas, would end up being most watched and globally recognised BBC brand two decades later? Watched by over 70 million of people worldwide Sherlock ranks as greatest cinematographicw achievement of this age. Sherlock Chronicle goes deeper inside it roots- discovering origin of canon, concept, but mainly making-of. I Got my copy early from Waterstones.
It is thick and divided into ten chapters (one introductions, later ones for each episode). They dwell usually on interviews with directors, producers, Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and actors- saying how they came up with the ideas for plots and characters, but also how it was planned and made visually. It is after all achieve of the creative team.
From pieces of scripts set alongside original novel, to scraps of deleted scenes and ideas. Pictures from show, set locations, some concept arts- but not a specific picture that can shake the fandom or internet. (There's no picture of Ben and Martin in TARDIS)(or of gay bar scene). We have actor profiles, sections with graphic design. Overall, yes, you really get to know behind the scene process of tv making, you'll know why Sherlock is portrayed in such way, or how specific props were made.
It is expensive. There's nothing really "wow- really, didn't know that!" And sometimes layout is chaotic and disorganised.
I don't have a favourite page- and that might be saying something.
It is not a waste, but could have been more- with more interesting exclusive pictures, or more insight into a new series. ...more
5

Oct 03, 2015

Literally a huge treat to fans of BBC Sherlock everywhere - it contains everything I can think of: ideas, the making of, actor filmographies, character developments, sets, costumes, special effects, music, the growing fandom of the show... and of course exclusive photos. My favourite, aside from the photos, would be the 'Holmes from Holmes' where parts of Doyle's works are put to side-by-side comparison with what the creative team made for modern times Sherlock. Spotted some minor typos and it Literally a huge treat to fans of BBC Sherlock everywhere - it contains everything I can think of: ideas, the making of, actor filmographies, character developments, sets, costumes, special effects, music, the growing fandom of the show... and of course exclusive photos. My favourite, aside from the photos, would be the 'Holmes from Holmes' where parts of Doyle's works are put to side-by-side comparison with what the creative team made for modern times Sherlock. Spotted some minor typos and it once said 'John and Sarah's wedding' but these flaws can be easily ignored. ...more
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Apr 24, 2015

Because I'm such a psycho obsessed fangirl, many of the stories and anecdotes I'd already heard/read before so there wasn't much "new" material for me to absorb.

With that said, I love all the pictures and the Holmes on Holmes portions. We got to read the original text right next to the modern adaptation. I also enjoyed learning how many of the special effects were achieved. Such creativity!

Great book for any Sherlock fan.
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Feb 23, 2016

This is one of the best books of it's kind I've ever read. Lots of good photos and quotes from the actors and producers of this great show. If you like "Sherlock", it's a must read. (Note: if you have never seen "Sherlock" watch the series first, otherwise this great book won't mean much to you!!) :-)
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Dec 26, 2016

Sherlock: Chronicles is the perfect companion book for the hit TV series. It covers the show's inception and then breaks down the production of each episode from series one through three. With plenty of colour photos, snap shots of script pages for deleted sequences, and behind-the-scenes info, there's something to please fans and those interested in TV production.
5

Jun 20, 2016

This is a must have for fans of the series: full of photos, deleted scenes from the scripts, comparisons of the ACD texts with the scripts, and insight from all different areas involved in making the show. Not to be missed!
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Feb 09, 2016

Good pictures, great interviews, very interesting behind-the-scenes production info. Plus it's about Sherlock, so how could it be bad?
5

Jan 10, 2015

This was a really interesting and well structured book that looked at various aspects of the production of 'Sherlock'. A definite read for any 'Sherlock' fan.
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Oct 11, 2014

I CANNOT WAIT TO GET THIS CAN SOMEBODY BUY THIS FOR ME ASDFGHJKLL ITS AS EXCITING AS SHERLOCK S4
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Apr 02, 2018

I found this book fascinating. I was a big fan of the "Sherlock" series and loved to learn more about the creation, casting, writing and production. Lots of beautiful color photos and short dialogues from the scripts alongside excerpts from the books and stories. I plan to watch the series again to see some of the nuances mentioned in the book. It covers through the end of series three, so nothing about "The Abominable Bride" or series four. Well worth a read for fans of the series.
4

Jul 18, 2018

Sherlock: Chronicles is a great book for any fan of the BBC hit series Sherlock. It offers a wealth of deleted scenes, actor profiles, behind-the-scenes and lots of other information. However, for a hardcore fan like me, who is more interested in the actual content within the show than how the show was made, it offers precious little on the actual deeper meanings and the symbolism used on the show. Overall, I would say that this is more aimed towards people interested in film making, special Sherlock: Chronicles is a great book for any fan of the BBC hit series Sherlock. It offers a wealth of deleted scenes, actor profiles, behind-the-scenes and lots of other information. However, for a hardcore fan like me, who is more interested in the actual content within the show than how the show was made, it offers precious little on the actual deeper meanings and the symbolism used on the show. Overall, I would say that this is more aimed towards people interested in film making, special effects and such than people interested in character analysis, symbolism and plot development. I belong to the latter category, but it was still an enjoyable book and one I highly recommend to any fan of BBC's Sherlock. ...more
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Nov 16, 2016

I am a huge Sherlock fan so I was really excited to get this book as a gift. It's very nice - slick glossy pages, tons of great colour photos of the cast, crew and scenery - and it takes the reader from Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss' first discussing the idea of a new Sherlock series right to the end of the the third televised series ending with "His Last Vow". There are a lot of great comparisons between the original text and what ends up onscreen, some commentary from the actors on playing I am a huge Sherlock fan so I was really excited to get this book as a gift. It's very nice - slick glossy pages, tons of great colour photos of the cast, crew and scenery - and it takes the reader from Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss' first discussing the idea of a new Sherlock series right to the end of the the third televised series ending with "His Last Vow". There are a lot of great comparisons between the original text and what ends up onscreen, some commentary from the actors on playing famous roles like Sherlock, Watson, Adler, background story on the design elements in the series... this is a wonderful book for any diehard fan of the series. I'm hoping they continue to put out another book to cover the newest episodes. ...more
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Dec 17, 2019

Great book for those who are fans of the BBC show or those who love the ACD books themselves. It is a fairly dense book and covers everything from the origins of the television show, how the various actors were chosen, intricacies on the show's cinematography, deleted scene dialogue and so much more. The photography contained within is fabulous and alone is worth skimming through. Students or aficionados of film-making would probably also find this book highly interesting as there is a fair bit Great book for those who are fans of the BBC show or those who love the ACD books themselves. It is a fairly dense book and covers everything from the origins of the television show, how the various actors were chosen, intricacies on the show's cinematography, deleted scene dialogue and so much more. The photography contained within is fabulous and alone is worth skimming through. Students or aficionados of film-making would probably also find this book highly interesting as there is a fair bit of technical aspects to the show itself that are explained or discussed. Loved it all around and makes for a great coffee-table book. ...more
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Sep 23, 2018

I miss the TV show. It's so fast and clever and visually engaging. It might now be my favorite if all time.

This oversized book is chock full of colorful photos and backstory for the first three (and best) seasons. The sections on the actors, scripts, and original text by Doyle are all very insightful.
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Mar 23, 2017

5 stars, and I only give 5 stars if I *really* mean it.

I'd love to see an updated version to include the latest series of Sherlock. This edition is loaded with beautiful, glossy photos and in-depth behind-the-scenes material that will entertain fans of both the Sherlock television series and the canonical Holmes. As an ardent fan of Sherlock, I particularly enjoyed insight and interviews from a variety of actors and writers. Additionally, I loved the photos -- so many beautiful snaps of the 5 stars, and I only give 5 stars if I *really* mean it.

I'd love to see an updated version to include the latest series of Sherlock. This edition is loaded with beautiful, glossy photos and in-depth behind-the-scenes material that will entertain fans of both the Sherlock television series and the canonical Holmes. As an ardent fan of Sherlock, I particularly enjoyed insight and interviews from a variety of actors and writers. Additionally, I loved the photos -- so many beautiful snaps of the scenes and locations, as well as the sets.

Great piece and a must have for any Sherlock fan. ...more

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