International star Benedict Cumberbatch has been busy filming scenes for the new episode of the BBC “Sherlock” series in Penarth.
Benedict, and a huge crew of over 100 technicians and production staff had set up a complicated location shoot last night at waterbus berth at the Penarth end of Cardiff Barrage near the Custom House restaurant.
The star was to be seen , at one stage , perched on the wheelhouse-roof of a local fishing boat Tunnara II checking the camera angles .
Thick clouds of fake fog were generated on board a Cardiff Harbour Authority launch, The fog was allowed to drift across towards the Tunnara II and was so dense at times it was almost impossible to see the boat.
It’s estimated it takes the crew at least 11 hours on location to shoot enough material for 7 minutes of edited material. Today’s sequence may last no more than two or three minutes in the completed episode.
This is the fourth series of Sherlock and each of the three episodes will be feature-length. It probably won’t be broadcast until early next year
This new series is being described as “dark” with “a sense of things coming back to bite you.”
The fishing boat, wreathed in sinister mist, seems to be a central part of it all – but despite the “Jaws”-like atmosphere, at least no one was to be heard on this occasion uttering the famous dialogue line “You’re gonna need a bigger boat” .