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Is everybody jolly out there?  Well, if not, I’m here to give you some ideas how to spend your time off from work.

  1. Go to a movie.  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the big one out there that you may have trouble getting tickets to.  Order them online if necessary.  I haven’t had time to check this one out yet, but I probably will in the next few days.  Chris Pratt’s Passengers is also out, but with a big ol’ Rotten Tomatoes splat (31% – yikes!) I’m not sure if I’ll put out the coin for that one or just wait for it to show up for rent online.  If anybody’s seen it feel free to let me know how it is by posting a comment.
  2. Watch Sherlock series 4.  This will premiere on the BBC and PBS on January 1 with the next two episodes on subsequent Sundays.  The last episode, The Final Problem, will also be shown in certain theaters.  See my previous post for more info.
  3. Do some charitable work and/or donate to your favorite cause.
  4. Catch up on Lethal Weapon.  Episodes are available for free online.
  5. Play with the furkids.  You got the felines and canines and any other animals in your lives presents, right?  Mine are getting a some-assembly-required new cat tree.  Cross your fingers I get this one put together before I have to go back to work.  I have 10 days.
  6. Rewatch all the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films.  That’ll take you a while.  Be sure to get up and stretch once in a while.
  7. Write down your New Year’s Resolutions.  Then put them in an envelope, tear them in half, and throw them away.  Seriously, who needs the pressure?
  8. Watch all the old Sherlock Holmes films with Basil Rathbone.  There were 14 of them.  Personally I’d skip the ones where they’re chasing Nazis (outside of the first two they were all in what was then present day.  No, BBC’s Sherlock wasn’t the first to do that).
  9. Listen to all 26 episodes of BBC radio’s Cabin Pressure.  With Benedict Cumberbatch and a crew of very funny people (including Anthony Head in some later episodes), it’s my go-to comedy series when I need a laugh.  You can order the CD’s or an Audible version on Amazon.

Everyone have a very happy whatever-you’re-celebrating, and hug the furkids for me!

#Sherlock #CabinPressure #LethalWeapon #StarWars

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Yes, you read that right.  Benedict Cumberbatch, who can alternately be a Serious Actor (The Imitation Game, Hamlet), perfectly deliver some very funny lines (Cabin Pressure), play a superhero (Doctor Strange), or a consulting detective (Sherlock) — all with equal ease — will now be The Grinch.

According to Deadline, Benny will be voicing the character in a new animated version of How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Illumination Entertainment, house of The Minions.  The movie will be released on November 10th, 2017.  Of course, his little boy Christopher might just be old enough by then to enjoy it, although maybe a little confused about why his dad’s voice is attached to an ugly green creature in a Santa suit.

Benedict has done quite a bit of voice and radio work in the past.  If you haven’t checked out Cabin Pressure, it’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard.  And of course, he was the voice of Agent Classified in The Penguins of Madagascar as well as the dragon Smaug and The Necromancer in The Hobbit films.  He’s done the audio tapes for Casanova, voiced young Rumpole for the Rumpole of the Bailey radio shows, and even read some recent Sherlock Holmes stories, among other things.  All of these are worth checking out, as well as his other early voiceover work.

#BenedictCumberbatch #TheGrinch

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BBC Radio 4’s hilarious comedy Cabin Pressure had its final episode in January, and while all us fans are sad that it’s over, we can revisit MJN Air, GERTI and the crew over and over again now that they’re giving us a box set!

The show revolves around a one-jet airline and the places they fly to, or as the BBC synopsis says, it’s a “sitcom about an airline for whom no job is too small but many, many jobs are too difficult.”CabinPressure_boxset

The show stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Captain Martin Crieff, Roger Allam as First Officer Douglas Richardson, Stephanie Cole as MJN’s owner Carolyn Knapp-Shappey, and John Finnemore as Carolyn’s son Arthur.  Finnemore also wrote the series.  There were some great guest stars, and several episodes featured Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as Carolyn’s boyfriend.

All the episodes from A-Z (Abu Dhabi to Zurich) will be included, along with the Christmas special and several bonus features, including a 32-page booklet.  The bonus features are described here on Finnemore’s website.  My favorite episode, btw, is Ipswich.

The set will be released in the U.S. in April but it just became available in the U.K.  If you want to preorder the link for Amazon.com is here, and the link to buy it now on Amazon.co.uk is here.  Or if you live in the U.S. you could just order it from the U.K. site.  It will take a while to get here, but I’m sure it would make it before April!  And yes, if you want to download it instead of dealing with physical CD’s, you can do that, but I doubt the the booklet and special features would be available to download, so be careful what you’re buying if those are important to you.

You might wonder why Cumberbatch was on a radio show, but in fact he has done quite a bit of radio, as well as recording audiobooks.  While I was looking on Amazon I discovered that he has recorded a series of mysteries called Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Thrilling Stories of the Railway that was released last year.  These are written by Victor L. Whitechurch.  Previously Benedict read a series called Sherlock Holmes: The Rediscovered Railway Mysteries and Other Stories, which were written by John Taylor.  If you poke around you’ll find Benedict recordings out there for everything from the audiobook to Casanova to Jane Austen.

Be aware, though, that Benedict loves doing voices, so he usually doesn’t just read the material in his own, but creates different voices for each character.  Some people like that, and some don’t.  Just FYI.

#BenedictCumberbatch #CabinPressure

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