Thursday, 1 August 2013

#Setlock - Giovanni's Restaurant

#Setlock crowds never disappoint! #dwsr needs to get its act in gear!

Restaurant owner and local
legend: Giovanni!
Gosh it's been a while, hasn't it? I'm really excited at the moment - Sherlock is filming and Doctor Who should be starting soon. Plus life is generally going well, my boyfriend and I have just moved (though not unpacked..) and I'm feeling healthier than I often do when it's this sunny.

Anyway. My boyfriend, an awesome friend and I heard the rumours that Sherlock was filming in Cardiff yesterday. So we headed down. We're a bit out of practice -forgot to get a parking ticket for the car and had to rush back, both cameras' batteries were only half charged (luckily one runs on AAs so that wasn't quite so stressful in central Cardiff!), and we arrived at lunchtime (for the cast and crew - so there was nothing to see.)

The Moff was busy on
the phone. Organising a
certain surprise Confidential,
We completely missed the filming around the Museum/University but camped out along the Hayes (the large shopping street where we knew they'd be filming, even if we erroneously thought they were going to be at Iguanas Bar. They told me they were opening at 12pm though, so we soon worked out that shout was incorrect.) - A couple of bottles of Coca Cola and some Kit Kats later and we finally saw the first van drive up. It delivered some metal barriers and then drove off again. Not very thrilling but it at least gave us a clue there might be something to see (they wouldn't need them if they were only filming inside.)

Rain: inevitable when filming in South Wales. Even if it's hardly noticeable drizzle.
Sue Vertue and Mark Gatiss
Slowly fans (okay: fangirls) and crew members gathered. I was glad to have our bench right at the front, it became obvious a lot of people were interested in seeing filming! It was clear Giovanni's Restaurant was the location and the crew started to set up all the equipment - a blue gazebo went up (at times inside out..), cameras were brought out from vans and taken inside, the all-important table of sustaining tea and coffee was erected in the church yard where they were parking the vans. Then a car pulled up and out strolled Sue Vertue (principally the awesome producer that makes things happen and smiles at us occasionally, but also cool for being The Moff's missus.) and Mark Gatiss (with his dyed hair.) They seemed happy and were amiable as they walked into the building. Mark Gatiss was soon hanging around outside chatting with the crew, while Sue Vertue flitted around everywhere - the Queen Bee making sure the hive is functioning perfectly.

The lovely Lars.
Then more cool stuff happened: one of the black cars (the ones that everybody starts pointing at as soon as they appear - they're used to transport the stars of the show and important crew.) drove up. Out stepped Lars Mikkelsen - looking as dapper as a politician heading to court. It was very exciting to see the new baddie (my boyfriend was excited due to adoring him in The Killing, but I must confess I've never watched it.) We snapped our pictures, giggled excitedly and were in general very happy - we didn't realise we'd get to see him regularly for the next four hours!

Swishy tie!
Curiously we watched a crew member set up and take in a hospital IV drip. You can see it in the video I've put below (a collection of all the - pretty rubbish - clips I took during the day.) My personal theory is that Sherlock has just wandered out of hospital, with drip, because he's determined to meet Charles Augustus Magnussen (Lars Mikkelsen) Why he's in there in the first place? I've no idea, but he was the only principal character inside the restaurant other than Magnussen and as we saw them film Magnussen enter Giovanni's and obviously it wasn't attached to him.

Benedict arrives on set.
Benedict Cumberbatch soon arrived - complete with awesome sunglasses. He only had time to dash inside, with a quick wave to the crowd, but it was lovely to see him out filming in Cardiff again. And then filming began! It appeared to be a very short scene - shot from the inside with the camera focusing on the door (they moved the crowds so they'd be clear of the shot) - they filmed Charles Augustus Magnussen opening the door, entering the restaurant, closing the door behind him, and then presumably going inside (for a discussion with Sherlock?) Obviously we were unable to hear/see anything that happened inside! Lars Mikkelsen seemed to move smoothly, almost cat-like, and with his suave looks and cheekbones to rival Cumberbatch's, a silkily-spoken, scary baddie seems like a likely bet to me.

Sherlock's coat being delivered to the set.

Waves goodbye!
At half seven (the time the restaurant was meant to be re-opening to the customers!) they finally wrapped and we got to quickly see Benedict Cumberbatch leave and drive off down The Hayes. It was a really fun day, and with dry weather and only six hours of standing agog is was nice way to ease ourselves back into set-reporting.

And he's gone.
Gets in to the car.


  1. thanks for video of Lars. say hi to your boyfriend - he is smart man))

  2. It seems that many people are waiting for this young man.