A more fearful adversary than Moriarty? Derren Brown seen on Sherlock Holmes set ‘hypnotising Martin Freeman’s Dr. Watson’
By EMMA GRITT
PUBLISHED: 09:07, 15 April 2013
It won’t be long until fans find out just what happened to Sherlock Holmes after he leapt from the roof of St. Bart’s Hospital, only to be seen watching his own funeral from the shadows.
But it seems like the brilliant sleuth isn’t going to be the only highly intelligent and manipulative man viewers will be trying to work out when the BBC adaption of the popular stories return later this year.
Derren Brown was seen on the set of the third series of Sherlock Holmes, and insiders claim that his as yet unnamed character is responsible for hypnotising Martin Freeman’s Dr. John Watson.
The cast and crew were filming for the third series at St. Bart’s Hospital in London, which is where the dramatic scenes of the last episode The Reichenbach Fall, was set.
Viewers were left with their hearts in their mouths when Sherlock Holmes and his sworn enemy Jim Moriarty fought on the roof of the hospital, and socially awkward detective plunged seemingly to his death.
In these new scenes, believed to be following on immediately from Sherlock’s dramatic fall, Freeman’s Dr. Watson screams for Sherlock and runs to where he has fallen.
However, before he can get to his friend, played by Benedict Cumberbatch,he collapses to the ground.
He unsteadily gets to his feet, only to be met by a mysterious man in a hood, Brown’s hypnotist.
Following the encounter, which lasts mere seconds, Watson once again collapses, and while he is unconscious, the mystery assailant changes his watch, moving it forwards by one hour.
Fans will be eager to know just what this means in regards to Sherlock faking his own death, a TV mystery of epic proportions.
Since the airing of the last episode in January 2012, people have been looking for clues about what happened to Holmes and how he pulled off his greatest scheme yet.
Fans will rejoin the story at an episode titled The Blind Banker, and it is not until the second episode that they will find out how Sherlock faked his own death.
The show’s writers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat revealed that the title for the second episode is The Adventure Of The Empty Hearse, which is based on The Adventure Of The Empty House, the book with the answers to The Reichenbach Falls.
It is thought that this was the episode being filmed on Sunday, which means that Brown’s character could well be based on Sebastian Moran, who in Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories was hailed as ‘the second most dangerous man in London’.
Mark Gatiss, who also plays Sherlock’s brother Mycroft, was seen speaking to the cast in between takes, perhaps to make sure they were fulfilling his ideas for the show.
Derren Brown, 42, cut a lead and mean figure, and certainly looked menacing in his hooded coat and shaved head.
On Sunday he tweeted: ‘Home in London for some fun filming and a nuggly Monday watching DVDs. Tomorrow Northampton.’
But, there was an even scarier presence on set in the shape of Andrew Scott’s Jim Moriarty, Sherlock’s nemesis.
Super sleuth: Benedict Cumberbatch in character as Sherlock Holmes on set in London on Sunday
While it has been revealed that he will not feature prominently in the third series, there are clearly still some loose ends he needs to tie up before disappearing again.
Scott, 36, was wearing a well tailored navy blue suit and a pair of aviator sunglasses as he paraded around the set.
His on screen enemy, 36-year old Cumberbatch, was also seen in character as filming continued.
He was dressed in a typical Holmes style of overcoat and scarf, and was seen acting out the aftermath of his tragic leap.
The addition of Derren Brown to the cast might not surprise serious fans who remember Mark Gatiss saying that he thinks the TV hypnotist is the modern day equivalent of Sherlock.
Speaking to What’s On TV, he said: ‘There’s a comparison between Sherlock and Derren Brown. They both say something outrageous and then show you how they worked it out.
‘Sherlock can fit things together and make massive leaps. It’s very exciting and when you think in his mindset you start to see things differently.’