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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (6 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849907625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849907620
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 2.7 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The ultimate behind-the-scenes look at the making of the hit BBC TV series Sherlock.

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Steve Tribe is the author of the Doctor Who books The Time Traveller’s Almanac, Companions and Allies and The TARDIS Handbook, and of the audiobook Doctor Who: The Essential Companion. He has edited over a hundred Doctor Who, Torchwood, Being Human and Sherlock books, and co-wrote The Dalek Handbook with James Goss.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Paul Watters on 9 Nov. 2014
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This is an essential purchase for any fan of BBC's "Sherlock". Sure, a little of the information will not be new, some of the introductory stuff seemingly gleaned from various interviews with the cast and crew which can be found on the DVD/Bluray sets. But, there is a wealth of new material here and it's such a handsome package, filled to the brim with great behind the scenes images, script excerpts and e-mail fragments. This is the book every serious "Sherlock" fan has been waiting for, streets ahead of "Sherlock: The Casebook" or the various unofficial publications that tell you nothing new. Buy this one now!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy on 30 Nov. 2014
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I haven't made it through the entire book yet, but am very much enjoying the MANY photos and blow-by-blow account of how this remarkable show came to fruition. I've been a Sherlock Holmes aficionado for more than 45 years. I recall hearing about this modernized version of my beloved characters in late 2008. I was positive I'd hate it. I always believed Holmes and Watson belonged firmly in Victorian/Edwardian eras. I never liked the updated versions with Basil Rathbone (although I admired the actor's work and he did truly look like Sidney Paget's Holmes). The definitive Holmes of my era was Jeremy Brett in the 80s and 90s Granada series. I didn't believe any other actor could rival Brett in my head or heart.

Then I watched Benedict Cumberbatch take the role--and the world--by storm. He's marvelous. And Martin Freeman's John Watson is the absolute best (and I'm a girl who adored Edward Hardwicke's Watson, who more than held his own against the flamboyant Brett)! Well, Freeman and Cumberbatch are just amazing--their chemistry sizzled right from the start. What a brilliant bit of casting! Even when storylines fail a bit, the camaraderie between Cumberbatch and Freeman keeps me hooked and is sufficient to carry through. "Sherlock Chronicles" takes us through Series/Season Three.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrea on 30 Nov. 2014
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This is a fantastic companion to BBC's "Sherlock," one I've been waiting a long time for. The wait was worth it. Yes, there are lots of fun pictures of the creators, cast, and crew, but the book also provides great insight into the making of this excellent show and even includes snippets of deleted scenes. I highly recommend this for fans of the show.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Doodlicious on 17 Nov. 2014
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Brilliant book to dip into. Packed full of snippets of information and insights into every aspect of the production. Fascinating for students of TV drama not just Sherlock fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Grogin on 8 Jan. 2015
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I had to wait a bit for this book to make its way across the pond during the holiday rush, but it was well worth the wait. The pages are beautifully printed on heavy paper. The contents are nothing short of fantastic: emails between the producers, writers, and cast members; comparisons between canon ACD and the script illustrating how that text was incorporated and modernized; behind-the-scenes explanations of photography, set design, lighting, and costuming choices; etc. The photographs included in the book are stunning.

This is not a cheesy, capitalize-on-a-rabid-fandom kind of book. It is a quality text created in cooperation with the show-runners. If you are a fan of BBC Sherlock, this book is a must-have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Myriam Vigny-Pau on 6 Dec. 2014
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I'm Canadian, and I was very worried about how fast this would ship, but it was extremely fast! The book itself is also amazing, it was great to read about how the episodes were made and the reasoning behind them :)
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Sherlock: Chronicles is a must-read for any Sherlock fan; from interviews with the cast and crew to snippets from the original scripts, this book quite simply has it all. Tribe's 'Chronicles' successfully draws the reader in to the world of Sherlock without being too text or image heavy, covering a vast range of behind the scenes information but not being too dense or (dare I say it!) boring. The book is split into chapters relating to all of the key areas of the show's production, from the initial brainstorming of ideas to the final touches made in the editing room. I particularly enjoyed the sections which compared passages from the scripts to the original Conan-Doyle stories- you don't realise how cleverly written this show is until you see these! Another highlight is the depth and scale of the content covered. Tribe's extensive research examines a wide range of topics,from direction to costumes to the special effects and the outstanding soundtrack. No stone is left unturned. Quite simply, like the show itself, this book is fantastic.
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"Sherlock: Chronicles" by Steve Tribe is what we hoped "Sherlock: The Casebook" would be: the story of how and why the mad idea of making Sherlock Holmes modern again spawned an international phenomenon. Mr Tribe has interviewed the writers (including the elusive Stephen Thompson) and actors, which is good, but here too are interviews with the designer, the composers, two directors, the sfx masters, and more, so we get a truly authoritative look at what makes "Sherlock" so successful. There are scripts of scenes that were cut, comparisons between passages from the canon and extracts from the scripts, and any number of gorgeous photos – stills, of course, and, more interestingly, pictures taken behind the scenes. It’s a definitive companion to a wonderful series.
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