Category Archives: Sherlock (TV Show)

British Celebrity Spotlight | Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch (born 19 July 1976) is an English actor. His most acclaimed roles include Stephen Hawking in the BBC drama Hawking (2004); William Pitt in the historical film Amazing Grace (2006); protagonist Stephen Ezard in the miniseries thriller The Last Enemy (2008); Paul Marshall in Atonement (2007); Bernard in Small Island (2009); Sherlock Holmes in the modern BBC adaptation series Sherlock (2010); and Peter Guillam in the spy thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011).

In February 2011, he began playing both Victor Frankenstein and his creature opposite Jonny Lee Miller in Danny Boyle’s stage adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The play had a three-month run at the National Theatre. In late 2011, he played Major Stewart in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse (2011). The film received five BAFTA nominations and six Academy Award nominations, including the Best Picture nomination in 2012. He also played Peter Guillam, one of the pivotal roles in Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011), which was nominated for three Academy Awards and 11 BAFTA Awards. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was also nominated for Best Picture in 2012.

He reprised the role of Sherlock Holmes in the second series of the BBC’s Sherlock, which aired in the United Kingdom in January 2012 and was broadcast on PBS in the United States in May 2012. He also stars as Christopher Tietjens in the BBC/HBO co-production television miniseries Parade’s End, which is expected to be released in 2012. He will portray Smaug the Dragon through motion capture and voice the Necromancer in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: There and Back Again. He will also portray the antagonist in J.J. Abrams’s sequel to Star Trek, which is scheduled to be released in May 2013.

News | Sherlock and Downton Abbey receive 29 Emmy nominations

This year’s Emmys could be a very big deal indeed for US network PBS’s two big British imports Sherlock and Downton Abbey, as the shows have received a total of 29 nominations from the prestigious annual American television awards this year.

Sherlock will contest 13 separate categories, with stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman up for Outstanding Lead and Supporting Actor in a Miniseries, respectively.

Along with a nomination in the Outstanding Miniseries or Movie category, Sherlock is also recognised for its costuming, writing, directing, casting, cinematography, editing, music, sound mixing, sound editing, art direction and cinematography.

Downton is up for 14 different awards, not least the Outstanding Drama Series gong, while the show’s leads Hugh Bonneville and Michellle Dockery will compete for the Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama Series gongs.

Maggie Smith and Joanne Froggatt are also up for awards for their work on the show, vying for the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series gong, while Brendan Coyle and Jim Carter find themselves in similar competition for best supporting actor.

The popular ITV period drama has also received nominations for everything from best writing and direction to Outstanding Hairstyling.

BBC series Luther is another British programme that’s earned a fair bit of stateside recognition and is also up for best writing, direction and miniseries, with star Idris Elba facing off against Cumberbatch in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries category.

And Armando Iannucci’s Veep will go up against Curb Your Enthusiasm, Girls, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family and 30 Rock for Oustanding Comedy Series, while its lead player Julia Louis-Dreyfus is up for best lead actress in a comedy series.

A full list of this year’s nominations is available at the Emmys website. The ceremony itself will be held on Sunday 23 September at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

FROM http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2012-07-19/sherlock-and-downton-abbey-receive-29-emmy-nominations

Telly for Anglophiles | Sherlock

Sherlock is a British television series that presents a contemporary update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes detective stories. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Doctor John Watson. After an unbroadcast pilot in 2009, the first series of three 90-minute episodes was transmitted on BBC One and BBC HD in July and August 2010, with a second series of three episodes first broadcast in January 2012. A third series has been commissioned and is scheduled to begin production in early 2013. The series has been sold to over 180 territories.

The series was conceived by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss during train journeys to the Doctor Who production base in Cardiff. Credited as co-creators, Moffat and Gatiss each write one episode per series, with the other written by Steve Thompson. Hartswood Films produced the series for the BBC and co-produced it with WGBH Boston for its Masterpiece anthology series. Filming took place at various locations, including London, Merthyr Tydfil, Swansea, Dartmoor and Cardiff. Other cast members include Rupert Graves as DI Greg Lestrade, Andrew Scott as Jim Moriarty, Mark Gatiss as Mycroft Holmes, and Una Stubbs as Mrs. Hudson, as well as Vinette Robinson and Louise Brealey playing recurring roles.

Critical reception was overwhelmingly positive, with many reviews commending the quality of the writing, performances and direction. Sherlock has been nominated for many awards, including BAFTAs and Emmys, winning several across a variety of categories. The first series won the BAFTA Television Award for Best Drama Series.[1] All six episodes have been released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in the UK, alongside tie-in editions of some of Conan Doyle’s original books. Soundtrack albums from each series have also been released.

British Awards | BAFTAS 2012 – Nominations

Lemme know in the comments who you are rooting for! I am going to let you know who I think should win.

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Fellowship

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Rolf Harris

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Special Award

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Steven Moffat

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Leading Actor

Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock (BBC One) <—-
Dominic West – Appropriate Adult (ITV)
John Simm – Exile (BBC One)
Joseph Gilgun – This is England ’88 (Channel 4)


Leading Actress

Emily Watson – Appropriate Adult (ITV1)
Nadine Marshall – Random (Channel 4)
Romola Garai – The Crimson Petal and the White (BBC Two) <—-
Vicky McClure – This is England ’88 (Channel 4)


Supporting Actor

Andrew Scott – Sherlock (BBC One) <—-
Joseph Mawle – Birdsong (BBC One)
Martin Freeman – Sherlock (BBC One)
Stephen Rea – The Shadow Line (BBC Two)


Supporting Actress

Anna Chancellor – The Hour (BBC Two)
Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey (ITV1) <—-
Miranda Hart – Call the Midwife (BBC One)
Monica Dolan – Appropriate Adult (ITV1)


Entertainment Performance

Alan Carr – Alan Carr Chatty Man (Channel 4) <—-
Dara O’ Briain – Mock The Week (BBC Two)
Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show (BBC One)
Harry Hill – Harry Hill’s TV Burp (ITV1)

Female Performance in a Comedy Programme

Jennifer Saunders – Absolutely Fabulous (BBC One)
Olivia Colman – Twenty Twelve (BBC Four) <—-
Ruth Jones – Stella (Sky One)
Tamsin Greig – Friday Night Dinner (Channel 4)


Male Performance in a Comedy Programme

Brendan O’Carroll – Mrs Brown’s Boys (BBC One) <—-
Darren Boyd – Spy (Sky One)
Hugh Bonneville – Twenty Twelve (BBC Four)
Tom Hollander – Rev. (BBC Two)


Single Drama

Holy Flying Circus
Tony Roche, Owen Harris, Kate Norrish, Polly Leys
Hillbilly Television, TalkbackTHAMES/BBC Four
Page Eight <—-
David Hare, Bill Nighy, David Heyman, David Barron
A Heyday Films, Runaway Fridge TV, Carnival Films production in association with NBC Universal for BBC/BBC Two
Random
Polly Leys, Kate Norrish, Debbie Tucker Green
Hillbilly Television/Channel 4
Stolen
Sita Williams, Rebecca Hodgson, Stephen Butchard, Justin Chadwick
Open Door Films Ltd/BBC One


Mini Series

Appropriate Adult
Neil McKay, Lisa Gilchrist, Julian Jarrold, Jeff Pope
ITV Studios/ITV1
The Crimson Petal and the White <—-
David M Thompson, Steve Lightfoot, Marc Munden, Lucinda Coxon
Origin Pictures, Cité Amérique/BBC Two
This is England ‘88
Shane Meadows, Jack Thorne, Mark Herbert, Rebekah Wray-Rogers
Warp Films/Channel 4
Top Boy
Charles Steel, Alasdair Flind, Ronan Bennett, Yann Demange
Cowboy Films/Channel 4


Drama Series

The Fades
Susan Hogg, Caroline Skinner, Jack Thorne, Farren Blackburn
BBC Productions/BBC Three
Misfits
Petra Fried, Howard Overman, Murray Ferguson, Matt Strevens
Clerkenwell Films/E4
Scott and Bailey
Production Team
Red Production Company/ITV1
Spooks <—-
Production Team
Kudos Film & Television/BBC One


Soap & Continuing Drama

Coronation Street
Production Team
ITV Studios/ITV1
EastEnders
Production Team
BBC Productions/BBC One
Holby City
Production Team
BBC Productions/BBC One
Shameless <—-
Paul Abbott, George Faber, David Threlfall, Lawrence Till
Company Pictures/Channel 4


International

Borgen
Adam Price, Jeppe Gjervig Gram, Soren Kragh-Jacobsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen
DR/BBC Four
The Killing II <—-
Soren Sveistrup, Piv Bernth, Kristoffer Nyholm, Sofie Grabol
DR, ZDF, ZDF Enterprises / BBC Four
Modern Family
Steve Levitan, Christopher Lloyd
20th Century Fox/Sky One
The Slap
Tony Ayres, Helen Bowden, Michael McMahon
Matchbox Pictures/BBC Four


Factual Series

The Choir: Military Wives
Lucy Hillman, Stephen Finnigan, Gareth Malone, Tim Carter
Twenty Twenty Television/BBC Two
Educating Essex
David Clews, Andrew Mackenzie-Betty, Beejal-Maya Patel, Grace Reynolds
Twofour Productions/Channel 4
Our War
Production Team
BBC Productions/BBC Three
Protecting Our Children <—-
Sacha Mirzoeff, Emma Burman, Petra Graf, Anna McGill
BBC Bristol Factual/BBC Two


Specialist Factual*

British Masters

James Fox, Jonty Claypole, Matt Hill, Richard Wilkinson
BBC Vision Productions/BBC Four
Frozen Planet <—-
Vanessa Berlowitz, Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield, David Attenborough
A BBC, Discovery Channel, Antena 3 Television S.A, ZDF, Skai, Open University Co-Production in association with Discovery Canada/BBC One
Mummifying Alan: Egypt’s Last Secret
Laura Jones, Justine Kershaw, Gillian Mosely, Kenny Scott
Blink in association with medialab/ Channel 4
Wonders of the Universe
James van der Pool, Brian Cox, Jonathan Renouf, Michael Lachman
BBC London Factual Productions/BBC Two

*Specialist Factual is given in honour of Huw Wheldon


Single Documentary**

9/11: Day That Changed the World
Leslie Woodhead, Kate Botting, Brian Lapping, Talya Tibbon
Brook Lapping Productions in association with the Smithsonian Channel, France Télévision and NHK/ITV1
The Fight of Their Lives
Gabriel Clarke, John McKenna
ITV Sport/ITV1
Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die
Craig Hunter, Charlie Russell, Rosy Marshall, Gary Scott
Keo North/BBC Two
We Need To Talk About Dad (Cutting Edge) <—-
Peter Dale, Elizabeth Stopford
Rare Day/Channel 4

**Single Documentary is given in honour of Robert Flaherty


Features

DIY SOS: The Big Build
Simon Knight, Hannah Corneck, Ben Rowland, Susan Aartse-Tuyn
BBC Productions/BBC One
Hairy Bikers’ Meals on Wheels
Production Team
Optomen Television/BBC Two
The Great British Bake Off <—-
Anna Beattie, Richard McKerrow, Simon Evans, Emma Willis, Andy Devonshire
Love Productions/BBC Two
Timothy Spall: Back at Sea
Paul Crompton, Philip Shotton, Matt David, Anton Short
BBC Productions, Willey Spiros Enterprises/BBC Four


Reality & Constructed Factual

An Idiot Abroad
Production Team
Risk Productions/Sky One
Don’t Tell The Bride
Lisa Edwards, Jon Rowlands, Rebecca Bayatti, Steph Wetherill
Renegade Pictures/BBC Three
Made in Chelsea
Sarah Dillistone, David Granger, Sharyn Mills, John Pereira
Monkey Kingdom Productions/E4
The Young Apprentice <—-
Michele Kurland, Colm Martin, Darina Healy, Andy Devonshire
Boundless/BBC One


Current Affairs

Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark
May Ying Welsh, Jon Blair, Hassan Mahfood, Tuki Laumea
Al Jazeera/Al Jazeera English
Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields <—-
Callum Macrae, Chris Shaw, Jon Snow
ITN/Channel 4
The Truth About Adoption (Panorama)
Roger Graef, Tom Giles, Clare Johns, Todd Downing
Films of Record/BBC One
Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed (Panorama)
Frank Simmonds, Paul Kenyon, Matthew Chapman, Joe Casey
BBC Productions/BBC One


News Coverage

BBC News at Ten: Siege of Homs
Production Team
BBC News/BBC One
Channel 4 News: Japan Earthquake <—-
Production Team
ITN/Channel 4
ITV News at Ten: Battle of Misrata
Production Team
ITN/ITV1
Sky News: Libya Rebel Convoy – Live
Production Team
Sky News/Sky News


Sport & Live Event

Frankenstein’s Wedding: Live in Leeds
Meredith Chambers, Eleanor Moran, Richard Fell, Pat Connor
BBC Wales in collaboration with BBC North/BBC Three
The Royal Wedding <—-
Production Team
BBC Entertainment & Events/BBC One
Rugby World Cup Final
Tony Pastor, Paul McNamara, Phil Heslop, Roger Pearce
ITV Sport/ITV1
Tour De France 2011
Steve Docherty, Gary Imlach, James Venner, Carolyn Viccari
V Squared TV/ITV4


New Media

Autumn Watch
Jeremy Torrance, Phil Windley, Roger Webb, Tim Scoones
BBC/ BBC Online
The Bank Job
Production Team
Endemol, Chunk, Monterosa/Channel4.com
Misfits
Matt Jarvis, Chloe Moss, Alexandra Wall, Mike O’Leary
Clerkenwell Films/E4.com
Psychoville <—-
Jon Aird, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith, Justin Davies
BBC Productions/BBC Comedy Online and Plug-in Media


Entertainment Programme***

Celebrity Juice
Dan Baldwin, Leon Wilson, Toby Baker, Ed Sleeman
Talkback/ITV2
Derren Brown: The Experiments
Derren Brown, Simon Dinsell, Iain Sharkey, Fiona Cotter-Craig
Objective Productions/Channel 4
Harry Hill’s TV Burp
Spencer Millman, Peter Orton, Harry Hill
Avalon Television/ITV1
Michael McIntyre’s Christmas Comedy Roadshow <—-
Michael McIntyre, Addison Cresswell, Andrew Beint, Anthony Caveney
Open Mike Productions/BBC One

***The Entertainment Programme BAFTA is given in honour of Lew Grade


Comedy Programme

Charlie Brooker’s 2011 Wipe
Alison Marlow, Al Campbell, Annabel Jones, Charlie Brooker
Zeppotron/BBC Four
Comic Strip: The Hunt for Tony Blair <—-
Nick Smith, Peter Richardson, Pete Richens
Great Western Features/Channel 4
The Cricklewood Greats
Peter Capaldi, Adam Tandy, Tony Roche
BBC Productions/BBC Four
Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle
Stewart lee, Richard Webb, Tim Kirkby
BBC Productions/BBC Two


Situation Comedy

Fresh Meat
Production Team
Objective Productions, Lime Pictures/Channel 4
Mrs Brown’s Boys
Brendan O’Carroll, Stephen McCrum, Ben Kellett, Martin Delany
BBC Scotland, BBC Productions co-production with BocPix in association with RTE/BBC One
Friday Night Dinner
Robert Popper, Steve Bendelack, Kenton Allen, Caroline Leddy
Popper Pictures, Big Talk Productions/Channel 4
Rev. <—-
Production Team
Big Talk Productions/BBC Two


YouTube Audience AwardLogo: YouTube

 

Celebrity Juice
Educating Essex
Fresh Meat
Frozen Planet
Sherlock <—-
The Great British Bake Off

 

Telly for Anglophiles | Sherlock

Sherlock is a British television series that presents a contemporary update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes detective stories. It was created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Doctor John Watson. After an unbroadcast pilot in 2009, the first series of three 90-minute episodes was transmitted on BBC One and BBC HD in July and August 2010, with a second series of three episodes first broadcast in January 2012. A third series has been commissioned and will reportedly air in 2013. The series has been sold to over 180 territories.

Hartswood Films produced the series for the BBC, and co-produced with WGBH Boston for its Masterpiece anthology series. Filming took place at various locations, including London, Merthyr Tydfil, Swansea, Dartmoor and Cardiff. Other cast members include Rupert Graves as DI Greg Lestrade, Andrew Scott as Jim Moriarty, Mark Gatiss as Mycroft Holmes, Una Stubbs as Mrs. Hudson, as well as Vinette Robinson and Louise Brealey playing recurring roles.

Critical reception was overwhelmingly positive and the first series won the 2011 BAFTA Television Award for Best Drama Series. All six episodes have been released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in the UK, alongside tie-in editions of some of Conan Doyle’s original books. Soundtrack albums from each series have also been released.

NYC PBS Sherlock Q&A [videos by romangirl88]

 

I don’t own the rights to the videos.

The ‘I Believe In Sherlock’ Appreciation Post

Memories of an Anglophile | How Doctor Who and Sherlock became my (telly) life!

This post was originally written on September 07, 2010 (by yours truly) on a blog I used to run about Doctor Who. I was going through it lately and came across it, so I thought I would repost it.

 

It has happened again, guys. I don’t usually talk about this, but I know some of you out there already know this, but I think it is worth mentioning it anyways.

As some of you know, I love British television and, to be completely honest, that’s pretty much all I watch these days. Not that I don’t watch American television or German television (for example, I’m not pinpointing), I just don’t get a kick out of it.
One of the most remarkable moments in my life so far happened when, after taking a break from my studying Chemistry, I noticed a show untitled ‘Doctor Who’ was going to air in a matter of minutes. For some reason, I just knew I had to watch it. I got this strange feeling that what I was about to watch was going to change my life.
 It turned out to be ‘Army of Ghosts’, the Series 2 episode (with David as the Doctor), and within 5 minutes of watching it, I was completely hooked. The whole concept of the show, the Doctor, the TARDIS, the Daleks, I felt like I was never going to let go of that wonderful world that was now presented to me by this wonderful, dashing man who went by the name of ‘Doctor’. I felt I knew the show inside out and I knew I had fallen in love with the both the show and the character (and, consequently, with David). Don’t ask me how I knew it or how I did it, but I just knew it instinctively. It was bizarre and almost maddening because I had never felt anything like that. I could feel all that love oozing out of every single pore in my body and I ordered the Series 2 boxset the very next day. I am sure some of you are thinking that that could have been a huge waste of money had I been wrong, but I just know when I am going to love somebody or something forever (or, at least, for a long, long, loooong time. With Doctor Who, I felt it was going to be forever). Right after the episode ended, I rushed to my computer and read everything I could possible read about the show and about David, and started saving pictures and downloading the soundtracks off iTunes. My cellphone was, two hours later, a proper TARDIS, a world that would make any Whovian proud. I had the theme tune as my ringtone, the TARDIS as my message tone and the Tenth Doctor as my wallpaper.
Today, my friends, the same thing has happened to me. As I tweeted this morning [], I finally got my ‘Sherlock’ DVD on the post. Usually, I watch TV after dinner, so I thought I was going to watch it then. I was too excited not to watch it immediately, though. So I grabbed Disc 1 and started watching ‘A Study In Pink’.
I cannot say why, but I was incredibly excited. Yes, I knew ‘Sherlock’ was brilliant but I still had not watched it. Well, I assumed it was brilliant, anyway. Everybody seemed to think so, so I sort of followed that conveyed idea.
Guess what happened: 5 minutes later, I got that same feeling I got 3 years ago with Doctor Who. It wasn’t as powerful but it caught me offguard: I wasn’t expecting to feel that again. I didn’t connect with it on an emotional level, if you will, so that’s probably why it wasn’t as powerful but I sort of knew I was going to love this show. When Cumberbatch first appeared I was like ‘Hell, yeah, you’re going to be great’ and I still had not seen him talk or anything, I was just assuming. And boy, I was NOT wrong! He was amazing and I fell in love w/ his character… I’m no stranger to ‘Sherlock Holmes’ and I am actually reading every single one of Sir Arthur’s stories about this particular duo of witty characters… and I am loving the book and now I am in love with the show.
Whovians, fear not, I am a Whovian at heart and ‘Sherlock’ is not going to make me forget about DW or anything, that’s never going to happen. I am actually really glad that I’ve found another show that I actually care about, rather than one that I like to watch and then lose all interest. Don’t get me wrong here, but for 3 years DW was pretty much the only show I followed loyally. I would watch this and that but it wouldn’t be the same. Now that I have ‘Sherlock’, I have a feeling that I’m going to follow it as loyally as I do with Doctor Who… and that is great. It makes me feel like there’s some great television on the making and that is, quite frankly, uber exciting.
I am absolutely loving Cumberbatch and Freeman’s performances and I feel there’s so much more that we have yet to see…! I’m super excited now. I truly am. Roll on, episode 2!
And yes, I was right. Sherlock is one of my favourite TV shows of all time – 2nd to Doctor Who, or even en par with Doctor Who – and I can’t get enough of it. Sherlock Holmes is my literary hero and Benedict one of my favourite actors. I can do a review on ‘Sherlock’ if you want me to. Let me know! x

How did Sherlock fake his own death? | The Reichenbach Fall

Right, here we go. I’ve been meaning to write this post for such a long time, but a) I didn’t have a platform that I liked enough to even bother and b) this actually took a while to solve (for me, at least – I’m no consulting detective). As you can see, I have included a video of the ending so you can watch it and help me deduce how on Earth Mr. Holmes escaped his own death. Elementary enough? I don’t think so. But here we go.

Moriarty commits suicide – Sherlock is evidently surprised by this (or isn’t he?). There’s a sniper. John arrives. Mrs. Hudson is giving a cuppa to somebody who has a gun with a silencer – who the hell is he? Lestrade seems to know something, hence the hurried phonecall, which seems to indicate that they all know what Sherlock is about to do. Now, earlier in the episode Sherlock asked for Molly’s help, which leads me to believe that she is involved as well – I believe she took Sherlock’s blood and then used it to look like Sherlock was bleeding when he jumped off the building. How she made it there, I have no idea. You can see what it looks like a hole in Sherlock’s neck when he appears in the graveyard.

“Molly, I think I’m going to die.”
“What do you need?”
“If I wasn’t everything that you think I am, everything that I think I am, would you still want to help me?”
“What do you need?”
“You.”

Now, moving on: John couldn’t possibly see Sherlock falling because he had the front part of the building blocking his view. Sherlock says that everything that has been said about him is true, which is a mere diversion – he is simply trying to distract John whilst his plan is being executed. He tells John to tell Lestrade, Mrs. Hudson, Molly – people who know what his plan is, as stated already.

“Keep your eyes fixed on me!” (Sherlock)

Obviously, something’s amiss. And isn’t Sherlock’s phone Moriarty’s? I am not sure about that. What do you think?

There was a truck on the road, and who the hell is that cyclist? John falls, knocked down by the cyclist – obviously, he has something to do with this. The truck goes away now, leaving Sherlock’s body on the ground, covered in blood – could Molly be inside that truck with the blood? Did Molly inject something that would make Sherlock look dead? Did Sherlock fall right on top of  the truck? People gather around the body: John gets his bearings and walks to meet the seemingly dead body.

What do you guys think? How did he pull it off? x