We are thrilled to announce that UBC Theatre and Film, Film Production Associate Professor Rachel Talalay will be the directing the opening episode of season 4 of Sherlock. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, filming for season four has begun, and the first of the three feature-length episodes will be directed by Talalay.
Working as a director, producer and professor in film and television for more than 25 years, Talalay has previously directed “Doctor Who”, “The Flash” and “The Wind in the Willows.”
Talalay’s movie credits include “Tank Girl” for United Artists, “Ghost in the Machine” for 20th Century Fox, “Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare” and upcoming independent film “An Introvert’s Guide to High School.”
Directors U.K., the association of British film and TV directors, reported in 2014 that 13% of TV drama episodes in the U.K. were directed by women, and last year, Boxed In reported that women comprised 14% of directors of U.S. broadcast network shows.
Season four begins with Sherlock Holmes back once more on British soil, as Doctor Watson and his wife Mary prepare for their biggest ever challenge — becoming parents for the first time.
Cumberbatch, who plays Sherlock, said he was “genuinely thrilled to be back filming ‘Sherlock’ with all the cast and crew. I can’t wait for everyone to see season four. But you will have to wait… though not for long… And it will be worth it.”
Co-creators, writers and executive producers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss said: “Whatever else we do, wherever we all go, all roads lead back to Baker Street — and it always feels like coming home. Ghosts of the past are rising in the lives of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson bringing adventure, romance and terror in their wake. This is the story we’ve been telling from the beginning. A story about to reach its climax…”
“Sherlock” is written and created by Moffat and Gatiss, and inspired by the works of Arthur Conan Doyle. Executive producers are Beryl Vertue, Gatiss and Moffat for Hartswood Films, Bethan Jones for BBC Cymru Wales and Rebecca Eaton for Masterpiece. It is distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide.