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Thoughts on watching the Cumberbatch/Freeman Sherlock Holmes

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I was commenting to The Wife on the richness of the Sherlock Holmes series made by BBC: the astonishing production values, including large crowd scenes (and, in period pieces, costumes and machinery such as automobiles). She pointed out that this is because BBC is nonprofit and government supported: they do not have to turn a profit, so they are not driven to cut costs to the bone (thus increasing profits). They get a certain amount of money and they spend it all on what you see on screen, with no need to turn a profit. Their mission is to mount really good programs, and they do it.

Just speculation, but something must account for the polished richness of BBC productions.

Written by Leisureguy

9 February 2014 at 5:11 pm

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  1. Auntie Beeb has a 70 year history of making films which cost 20% of what the same production would cost in Hollywood by virtue of cleverness alone. More importantly and comments to the Daily Mail aside, Sherlock, Doctor Who and Top Gear are both relatively high budgeted and readily exportable.

    Sherlock was made primarily to sell to foreign markets. Auntie sells to foreign markets because that is the one way they can invest the license-payer’s fees and make a profit which comes back to fund lesser productions and keep the lights on and so forth. We can thank Terry Gilliam and his penchant for mucking about in the tip for setting the example and the fact we have excellent Original British Drama (and that car show) over here today.

    Mrs. Leisure is half right. Auntie’s mandate is to make excellent dramas. The things the commercial sector claims cannot be made profitably, but also to sell them all over the world … and make a profit.

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    Stan W. Baker

    9 February 2014 at 6:15 pm


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