As culled from various interviews, the DVD commentaries and assorted miscellany. I tried not to go with the more obvious bits of trivia (like Benedict dyes his hair) but if you’re a hardcore fan, you’ll likely still know all of these anyway:
- Martin Freeman plays army doctor John Watson, formerly with the Royal Army Medical Corps. In real life, Martin’s grandfather was a doctor with the 150th Field Ambulance, RAMC, during World War II. Leonard Freeman was killed in a Luftwaffe attack on May 24, 1940, during the Battle of Dunkirk.
- Benedict Cumberbatch was the only actor asked to audition for the role of Sherlock, after Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue saw him in the film Atonement and Mark Gatiss, who’d worked with him on the film Starter for 10, vouched for him. Benedict’s audition was filmed in Beryl Vertue’s London flat, where she served tea and biscuits “like Mrs. Hudson.”
- (The Great Game) In the scene where Sherlock examines Carl Powers’ shoe in the lab, his solo shots were done on a separate day than the shots with John. They had to shoot part of the scene without Martin Freeman after he was injured from slipping on the icy steps of a production trailer.
- The pilot and A Study in Pink were filmed one year apart (in 2009 and 2010, respectively).
- The dog in Hounds of Baskerville was named Whiskey after Mark Gatiss’ own childhood dog. Kirstie’s pet was an homage to Mark’s husband Ian’s childhood pet, a rabbit named Bluebell.
Lara: […] “After Take 1 of being in nothing but Louboutin shoes, Martin and Benedict were both so unbelievably supportive – as the whole crew and staff were – that it no longer became a challenge and, in a weird way, it became really empowering. And you’re completely vulnerable and you’re naked and everyone can see everything and there’s nothing to hide behind, so all of a sudden you find a sense of power in it, and playfulness.”
Mark: “What listeners don’t know is that Lara is naked as she speaks now. She was so empowered by it, she’s carried it through! In fact, we all are!” […]
Lara: “But at one point I was literally straddling your [Ben’s] thigh, naked, with my boobs in your face!”
Benedict: “I remember (laughs).
It’s not an easy thing to do and even though it was a controlled situation it takes an awful lot of guts to do it. It’s brilliant, because it utterly works. He [Sherlock] has no idea what to do.”
Lara: “And that’s the main thing. If it’s nudity for nudity’s sake, then you kind of … ugh, but this completely serves the story.”
Mark: “It’s also a very neat parallel that they’re both trying to work out what to wear to meet each other. Sherlock eventually decides on one tiny detail …”
Benedict: “It’s like every first date, then!”
(Audio Commentary - A Scandal in Belgravia)
“And you know there’s an awful lot of other versions, I regret to inform you, viewers, of that shot where it didn’t all work out quite so perfectly!” (Steven Moffat - Audio Commentary.)
I don’t remember what post I was replying to yesterday about this, but yes…the jumpers for John Watson are Martin Freeman’s doing. He picks them out and says as much when Mark Gatiss asks him about in The Great Game commentary.
Transcript of new material which appears only on the ‘Sherlock Uncovered’ Special Feature of the Season 2 DVD:
If there’s any sort of award for ‘Services to Fandom’, I’d like to put Callie-Ariane’s name forward :D