20 / 03 / 1 Case Study: Sherlock (2010 – Present Day) A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.To understand the key concepts in relation to a current TV Crime DramaMind-map everything you already know aboutSherlock, consider the key words to help you: Protagonist is Sherlock Key words: Character Holmes Genre Character Setting / Location Audience Sherlock Mise-en-scene Representation Themes Scheduling NarrativeEXT: In your opinion, evaluate how conventional Sherlock is as a TV Crime Drama
Case Study: Sherlock (Scheduling)• Originally aired in July 2010 onBBC One and BBC HD @ 21:00• Watch again on BBC iPlayer•DVD Boxset•Official BBC Website Click to view ->
Case Study: Sherlock (Other Key Characters) 221B Baker Street (key location)Sherlock Holmes Dr. John Watson (played(Played by Benedict Cumberbatch) by Martin Freeman) •Brave•Brilliant •Resourceful•Aloof •Practical•Lacking in social Previously an army doctor,graces shattered by service in Sherlock is a unique young man with a Afghanistan, John Watson•Intelligent mind like a racing engine. Without discovered a new lease of life•Cocky problems to solve, that mind will tear itself when he met Sherlock Holmes to pieces and the more bizarre and baffling Although often infuriated by•Witty the problems the better. He has set himself Sherlocks cold, detached•Powers of deduction worlds only consulting detective, manner, he also sees his up as the•Trench Coat whom the police grudgingly accept as their flatmate as his best friend. superior.•Magnifying glass
Case Study: Sherlock (Characters)
Todorov’s Narrative Structure Stage 5: situation is resolved, Stage 2: Disruption (the crime) equilibrium is restoredStage 1: Equilibrium Stage 4: Character overcomes obstacles to repair disruption (solves crime) Watch an episode of a crime drama. Stage 3: Character Use your sheet to plot the narrative recognises the disruption (story) stages. EXT: What are the enigma codes and action codes in your episode.
4 key ways that Bulmer and Katz- audiences enjoy TVUses and Gratifications Crime Dramas Escapism form own lives, exciting, Entertainment dangerous. Can make us feel better about our own lives-shock, fear, thrills Develop a close bond with characters Understand how they think/act. Relationships Complicated people that we learn about. Can also discuss with others Relate to characters, settings and situations. How would we feel, respond Identity in these situations-in the shoes of the detective solving the crime Learn about psychology, forensics and Information crime solving and also about the world around us.
Practice exam question 20mins to use all your knowledge and terminology so far to answer the following question: Explain some of the reasons why Sherlock is so popular with audiences. Discuss: Characters Settings Narrative and StorylinesA/B Extention:Discuss the uses and gratifications model from last lessonEg. One reason that Sherlock is so popular with audiences is because ofthe use of settings and locations. Urban settings such as London inSherlock provide lots of opportunities for drama and excitement. Thisoffers audiences escapism if they are not from a large city like London oridentity if they are as they can recongise some of the landmarks.