Sherlock

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8:30pm Friday, May 25 on TV One

Returning to TV ONE, the multi award-winning series is back as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson return.

With beguiling performances, witty scripts and some of the most intriguing characters ever created, it’s no wonder that Sherlock has proven to be a worldwide success. This season brings thrilling twists and turns, as well as some of the greatest detective work ever seen.

Tonight, James Moriarty possesses the greatest criminal mind that the world has ever seen. But even Sherlock and John would have never guessed the sheer scale and audacity of the crime that will propel Moriarty back into the headlines – the crime of the century.

The Tower of London, the Bank of England and Pentonville prison – all sprung open on the same day, as if by magic! But Moriarty’s plans don’t stop there. Sherlock and John lock horns with their old enemy in one final problem that tests loyalty and courage to their very limits.

Missed Sherlock? Full episodes are available online. Go to www.tvnz.co.nz and click ‘on demand’.

8:30pm Friday, May 18 on TV One

Returning to TV ONE, the multi award-winning series is back as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson return to face the ultimate test in three of their most famous cases.

With beguiling performances, witty scripts and some of the most intriguing characters ever created, it’s no wonder that Sherlock has proven to be a worldwide success.

Tonight, it’s Sherlock’s most famous case – The Hounds of Baskerville. But is a monster really stalking Dartmoor?

What seems like fantasy in Baker Street is a very different prospect in the ultra-secret army base that looms over the moor.

Missed Sherlock? Full episodes are available online. Go to www.tvnz.co.nz and click ‘on demand’.

8:30pm Friday, May 11 on TV One

Returning to TV ONE, the multi award-winning super series, Sherlock, is back. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson return to face the ultimate test in three of their most famous cases.

Since John’s online blog has taken off, business is better than ever for the dynamic duo. But, always in the background, Sherlock’s arch enemy James Moriarty continues to play the puppet master, determined to bring Sherlock down – whatever the cost.

With beguiling performances, witty scripts and some of the most intriguing characters ever created, it’s no wonder that Sherlock has proven to be a worldwide success.

Tonight, Sherlock finds himself becoming embroiled in the dark and murky waters of blackmail, where his most powerful client yet will do anything to get back some very compromising materials. Sherlock needs every one of his remarkable skills to survive, let alone solve the case.

Meanwhile, Moriarty, still out there in the shadows, challenges Sherlock to the ultimate test. There can only ever be one victor – has our hero finally met his match?

Missed Sherlock? Full episodes are available online. Go to www.tvnz.co.nz and click ‘on demand’.

Gervais welcome back

NBC executive Paul Telegdy has said that Ricky Gervais is welcome back to host the Golden Globes for a fourth time in as many years. “It’s an incredibly bold and brave thing to take on a hosting job and do it for three consecutive years while facing such level of scrutiny,” Telegdy said. “He came out, he was himself, he had a great time and he was backed by the biggest stars. I laughed heartily throughout.”

Homeland and Modern Family lead Golden Globe winners

Homeland and Modern Family have taken out the top honours at the 2012 Golden Globes, with wins in the ‘Best Television Series – Drama’ and Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical’ respectively. See the full list of winners here.

Sherlock renewed

A third season of British drama series Sherlock has been confirmed by its creators. The second season has just finished screening in the UK to huge audiences.

Psycho TV prequel on the way

A TV prequel series based on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic Psycho is being developed. The series, entitled Bates Motel, will take place before the events of the film, shedding light on the relationship between Norman Bates and his mother.

New Boardwalk Empire trailer

A new Boardwalk Empire season two trailer has been released based solely around Steve Buscemi’s character Nucky Thompson.

Actress returning to Desperate Housewives

Sarah Paulson will return to Desperate Housewives for its final season to reprise her role as Lynette’s (Felicity Huffman) sister Lydia. The actress first played the role in 2007.

Sherlock filming halted by riots

The rioting in London has halted the filming of the second season of Sherlock in the capital. Co-creator Mark Gatiss confirmed that a location shoot was stopped after the crew were approached by looters.

Bewitched returning

Popular ‘60s and ‘70s sitcom Bewitched is set to be remade by the CBS network in the US. The series will be overseen by the two producers who worked on the 2005 Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman movie of the same name.

Kutcher highest-paid on TV

Ashton Kutcher has shot straight to the top of the moneymaking list for TV actors with his salary of $700,000 for every episode of Two and a Half Men. He joins House’s Hugh Laurie as one of the biggest earners on TV.

Tudors actor involved in possible suicide attempt

The Tudors actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers has been hospitalised after what is believed to be a suicide attempt. The actor has spent several stints in rehab clinics over the past few years with the latest being earlier this year.

30 Rock’s Morgan in more trouble

30 Rock’s Tracy Morgan is again under fire for borderline jokes during his stand-up routine, this time regarding “retarded” kids and “cripples”. The actor and comic was criticised earlier in the year for his jokes regarding homosexuals.

Being Human actor to guets in Sherlock

Russell Tovey of Being Human has landed a guest role in the second season of Sherlock. The actor, who plays George in Being Human, will feature in the second episode The Hound of Baskerville.

An Idiot Abroad returning in September

An Idiot Abroad has been confirmed to return in September this year in the UK for its second season. Karl Pilkington will again be sent by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant on a world tour to complete a “bucket list” of activities in various locations.

Jackass’s Ryan Dunn dies in car crash

Jackass star Ryan Dunn has been killed in a car accident overnight in Pennsylvania. Dunn and an unidentified person died when the Porsche he was driving left the road and burst into flames. A post on the official MTV Twitter page read: “We’re deeply saddened by the passing of a member of the MTV family, Ryan Dunn. Our hearts and thoughts are with his friends and family.”

The G4 network in the US has pulled the Ryan Dunn-hosted reality series Proving Ground following news of his death.

Hobbit role confirmed for Sherlock actor

Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch has been revealed as the voice of Smaug the dragon in Peter Jackson’s forthcoming Hobbit prequels. Evangeline Lilly from Lost and Aussie comic Barry Humphries have also been confirmed for the series.

Another British Jersey Shore spin-off planned

The Brits are planning another Jersey Shore spin-off, this time based in Liverpool. MTV launched the Newcastle-based Geordie Shore last month in the UK to record-breaking ratings for the network.

Gyllenhaal joins Grylls on survival mission

Bear Grylls of Man vs Wild says he took actor Jake Gyllenhaal on a survival mission in Iceland last month to prepare him for an upcoming role. Grylls said: “We had crazy conditions sleeping in snow caves, huge river crossings and these torrential storms. I was a little bit nervous as I promised Jake’s management team I would keep him alive, but he was brilliant.”

8:30pm Sunday, June 5 on TV One

The final episode of this stunning TV ONE series sees Sherlock Holmes invited to take on what looks to be a very ordinary case – a young civil servant found on a railway line with his head smashed in. It seems to be open and shut – or so he thinks.

The curtain is about to rise on a terrifying game of cat and mouse as a crazed bomber pits his wits against Sherlock. A 20-year-old murder, a blood-soaked car, a rediscovered Old Master worth millions – it’s just the kind of adventure Sherlock and John relish, but who is behind these deadly puzzles? London is set to become a battle ground as Sherlock confronts the one person capable of beating him.

Jim Moriaty:” If you don’t stop prying, I’ll burn you. I’ll burn the heart out of you. “

Sherlock Holmes: “I have been reliably informed that I don’t have one. “

Jim Moriaty: “But we both know that’s not quite true.”

Missed an episode of Sherlock ? Full episodes are available online. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘Ondemand’ button

8:30pm Sunday, May 29 on TV One

“A Holmes that Conan Doyle would possibly approve of, I think … slick, quick, and yes, compelling” Guardian

The second instalment of the Sunday Theatre series sees Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman embark on another thrilling, scary, action-packed and hugely entertaining adventure as Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson.

Watson’s new life is never dull – after all, he’s sharing a flat with Sherlock Holmes. But solving mysteries won’t pay the bills. The trouble is, though, that Sherlock’s idea of a visit to the bank is not quite what Watson had in mind.

Mysterious ciphers are appearing on walls all over London and anyone who sees them is dead within hours, from the glittering financial hub of the city to the heart of a travelling Chinese circus. Sherlock and Watson must decipher the deadly symbols before anyone else falls victim to the mysterious Black Lotus.

In his online blog , Watson describes the case as being ‘very James Bond’:

“Over a couple of days we’d encountered Chinese assassins, killer opera singers, secret codes, secret messages in the A-Z, smugglers and god knows what else. I’d even met a beautiful lady.”

Co-starring Zoe Telford and Una Stubbs, and directed by Euros Lyn, Sherlock is brought to viewers by two of the most creative names in British television: Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen) and Steven Moffat – the man charged with taking over from Russell T. Davies as the lead writer and executive producer of the hit BBC drama Doctor Who.

Missed an episode of Sherlock? Full episodes are available online. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘Ondemand’ button.