Ab Fab ‘Sherlock’ & Tweeting Murdoch!

2 01 2012

Thought for the day:

‘Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognises genius.’

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

There was certainly nothing mediocre about, ‘A Scandal in Belgravia’, and last night’s highly anticipated return of ‘Sherlock’ to our screens.

 9.52 million viewers tuned in (more than watched Christmas Day ‘Downton’ or ‘the Doctor’), and if Paul Rees, editor of ‘Q Magazine’ is anything to go by, they won’t have been disappointed.  

Rees, tweeted his enjoyment: ‘like eating the most exquisite 3-course dinner, with the finest red wine & a very expensive cigar to finish #perfect.’

Beautifully put – I couldn’t possibly top that.   

‘Sherlock’ is splendidly  slick, with scripts that are cleverly humorous, brought to life by an on screen chemistry between Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, as 21st century Holmes and Watson, which just grows from strength to strength.

I would like to think that crime writing Scottish physician, Conan Doyle, would have recognised such talent and approved of screenwriter Steven Moffat and director Paul McGuigan’s adaptation of his original stories.

It certainly inspired me to take my Illustrated Sherlock Holmes Treasury from the bookshelf, dust it off to re-read the ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’, on which last night’s episode was based, and ‘ The Hound of the Baskervilles’, in readiness for next week’s modern take on probably the most famous of the consulting detective’s mysteries.    

If you missed Sherlock’s encounter with ‘the Woman’, Irene Adler (superbly played by Laura Pulver) as a ‘gay’, crop wielding Dominatrix, catch it on i-player while you can – it was whip cracking treat.  

For me, last night’s TV was by far the pick of the holiday viewing.

‘Wheels on fire’, hot on the heels of the Baker Street duo, came the equally celebrated Holland Park pairing, Eddy & Patsy. It was time to ‘break out the Bolly darling’ for the second of two 20th Anniversary ‘Ab Fab’ specials.

Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley reprised their iconic roles, as the eternally ‘young & hip’ Edina Monson and Patsy Stone, joined by all the original cast – Julia Sawalha as Saffy (fresh from her spell inside – ‘kids in pris darling – very cool’ ), June Whitfield as Mother and Jane Horrocks as Bubble.

It was always going to be difficult to recapture the vigour and humour of the original award winning series (39 episodes over 5 seasons) but it was great to be briefly united with the gang and it more than matched any other sit-com I’d seen over Christmas.                      

Joanna Lumley is, absolutely, a national treasure, darling. She was absolutely captivating at the 2011 Cheltenham Literature Festival, promoting an illustrated memoir, ‘Absolutely’, with that absolutely distinctive, oh so plummy, voice of hers, yet in an absolutely typically understated and self- deprecating manner.   

Carole Cadawalladr’s Guardian article captures her beautifully: ‘There’s a touch of Enid Blyton to Lumley’s phraseology. She has a distinctive turn of phrase, and employs the kind of adjectives that if they were sold on eBay would be called retro chic.’   

At 65, she has had an enormously varied and successful career but remains as absolutely ‘groovy’ today as she  was as a swinging sixties model, ‘New Avenger’ (Chris tells me she craved the ‘Purdey’ hairstyle) and Bond girl.

More recently, BAFTA award winning Joanna has transported us from the comfort of our living rooms to share with her a ‘Journey along the Nile’ and a ‘Greek Odyssey’. And of course she is a renowned activist and supporter of the Gurkha Justice Campaign.      

Journalist ‘Gem’ tells me she lives down Clapham way and is a regular at the local chip shop – along with Nigel ‘Drop the Dead Donkey’ Pearson.

When we were last in Balham, ‘Gem’ took us across the road to ‘Gurkhas Diner’, for a very pleasant Nepalese meal. I wasn’t surprised to be seated beneath an absolutely fabulous set of sparling white teeth, smiling down, from a signed Joanna Lumley pin up!     

However I was surprised to read in today’s paper that Rupert Murdoch has signed up with Twitter. There was some scepticism at first, given his random use of capital letters and misplaced full-stops, as to whether the account was genuine. But it has now been confirmed by Twitter owner Jack Dorsey that, ‘With his own voice, in his own way @RupertMurdoch is now on Twitter.’    

In no time at all, the octogenarian media tycoon had amassed 25,000 followers which makes my 170 look pretty sick!

In return Murdoch is  currently ‘following’ just two people. Avid tweeter, Lord ‘Prezza’, was quick to make capital of this:  

‘Hey @RupertMurdoch , I’m surprised you are only following two people. The police said it was at least 800.’

There could be a few more custard pies heading his way!

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