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This Norwegian 'Sherlock' Parody is Wacky, Amazing and Totally NSFW Awesomeness

We’ve certainly seen many creative Sherlock parodies over the years – from musical adaptations, to snarky cartoons, to detailed and realistic mash-ups with fellow Steven Moffat production Doctor Who.

This latest parody – which comes to us from Norway and has become something of an instant classic among members of the Sherlock fandom online – is a bit simpler, in terms of concept, but in no way less memorable. (Or creative.)

Norwegian actors Vidar Magnussen and Bjarte Tjostheim – who star on the show Underholdningsavdelinge - came up with the idea to do the spoof once they realized they looked a bit like British stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.  But they definitely take things to a whole ‘nother level of silliness. 

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Fan Made ‘Doctor Who’ Short Film Reminds Everyone: Don’t Blink

It’s no secret that iconic sci-fi series Doctor Who has some of the most creative and inventive fans around, as is evidenced by the positive avalanche of fan-made creations – including musical videos, mash-ups, puppets, fan trailers, movie parodies, you name it, there’s bound to be a Whovian version of it somewhere. (And that’s not even touching the more arts and crafts-related projects like phone cases and replica scarves.)

But, every so often, you run into something that’s above and beyond the usual grade of “excellent” that Whovian fan creations generally receive. Such is the case with Stone, a short film that puts you in a first person encounter with iconic Who villain The Weeping Angels. 

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'The Simpsons' Parodies 'Downton Abbey' Again with a Bloody 'Itchy and Scratchy' Spoof

It’s official – literally everyone has made a Downton Abbey parody. Or so it seems.

It’s not enough that long-running pop culture staple The Simpsons already did a version of the show’s opening credits in the style of Downton last year, this time the show has decided to feature the mega-hit costume drama as part of its incredibly violent in-series cartoon The Itchy and Scratchy Show.

Because nothing says posh period costumes and a rigid class structure like buckets of animated violence, right?

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This is Fun: Ellen DeGeneres Helps Minnie Driver Audition for ‘Downton Abbey’

Just go ahead and add Minnie Driver to the ever-expanding list of famous people who are gunning for a role on megahit costume drama Downton Abbey. But Driver has something most of those celebs don’t – an audition tape, courtesy of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Driver appeared on DeGeneres’ afternoon chat show last week, ostensibly to promote her new NBC series About A Boy, based on the popular 2002 British-American film of the same name. But that’s not the only British topic the pair covered. The two participated in a Downton-themed skit complete with posh period costumes and overly dramatic period names (Lady Gwendymere of West Bedford Applebees for DeGeneres and Countess Penelope of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buttersworth for Driver).

The catch? Driver wasn’t allowed to see the script for her impromptu “audition” beforehand, and had to perform her lines for the first time off of a teleprompter. Predictably, hilarity ensues – especially when Driver is forced to bark like a dog, make violent arm gestures and try on a variety of accents on the fly.

This clip might not get Driver a job, but it should definitely make Downton fans laugh. 

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Take Our 'Doc Martin' Personality Quiz!

Fans everywhere love quirky British comedy Doc Martin – it’s consistently one of our most popular series around here – because it’s packed with great actors and interesting, layered characters.

Series 6 of this beloved series is currently airing on many PBS stations around the country (and if it’s not yet, it probably will be soon!) and, to celebrate, we put together a little character quiz based on a handful of our favorite Portwenn characters past and present.  

Answer the questions and see who you get – and let us know what character you got in the comments!

Take the quiz at weta.org.

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‘Sherlock’ the Musical is So Much Fun You’ll Wish It Was Real

Popular mystery series Sherlock has wrapped things up for another season, so that means the game is officially back on in terms of finding things to entertain ourselves with during the wait for Series 4. (Which, by the way, is already planned, even if there’s no official announcement about it yet.) I mean, honestly, didn’t we just do with?

Luckily, this clip is a pretty good place to start our hiatus with.  YouTube stars AVbtyte have put together an amazing fan-made musical tribute to everyone’s favorite consulting detective and his best friend, complete with remarkably accurate costumes and Sherlock getting punched in the face by John. (Thankfully, there’s no horrendous Watson moustache to contend with in this particular reunion.)

Sure, the clip has Travis Kent and Newsies alum Andrew Keenan-Bolger doing the singing honors, rather than Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, but they’ve got the main duo’s mannerisms pretty much down. Plus, it’s so much fun you’ll wish they’d managed to do a whole musical mystery.

Watch for yourselves below:

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Benedict Cumberbatch and the 'Sesame Street' Muppets are Your Must See Clip of the Day

In case you thought the conclusion of Sherlock Series 3 would mean seeing less of star Benedict Cumberbatch in your life, well, here's some good news - that's apparently never going to happen. And - bonus - this particular bit may be one of Cumberbatch's absolute best appearances yet. It's even educational!

In a truly awesome moment that appears to have been put together during Cumberbatch's appearance at the recent Television Critics Association Press Tour, Cumberbatch hangs out with the Count and Murray, a couple of the beloved Muppets from iconic children's show Sesame Street.  Murray manages to get in some Sherlock jokes, including a funny reference to finale episode His Last Vow. A battle of wits over - what else - counting ensues, the Count is called in to assist, and the result is basically perfection. Plus, you know, there's a lesson about math in there too. So, it's fun for the whole family.

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Sherlock Ruins All Your Favorite TV Shows in This Awesome Animated Clip

Many US Sherlock fans have had to engage in some serious online acrobatics to avoid finding out anything about the mystery series’ highly anticipated third season in the three-week interim between its UK and US broadcasts.

Avoiding spoilers can sometimes come down to luck, the right choice in friends, and an appropriate amount of material stock piled with which to distract yourself, so you don’t go looking. Consider this some fodder for that last bit. We’ve still got two weeks in Series 3 to go!

This extremely fan clip poses the valuable question - what if the great detective himself attempted to watch TV? YouTube artist Only Leigh (who is also behind the hilarious “Fangirl” videos  that will ring true for anyone who spends any time at all online) has created a hilarious animated short that imagines what it must be like to watch TV with Sherlock. And his many deductions.

Don’t worry – there aren’t any spoilers for Sherlock Series 3 in this clip. Though there are a bunch for several other shows.

(Most notably Breaking Bad, Gossip Girl, Dexter and Mad Men. So proceed with caution.)

Watch Sherlock Spoils Everything (though honestly shouldn’t it be A Study in Spoilers??) after the jump. It’s totally worth it.

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This Fan Made 'Downton Abbey' LEGO Set is Out of This World Awesome

Sure, we’ve seen some awesome Downton Abbey-inspired creations from all around the internet over the past few years, but this one might just take the cake.

Twenty-four year old Eric Stevens of Rochester, New York built an amazing replica of the house and characters from everyone’s favorite costume drama as a Christmas present for his girlfriend – and it all looks amazing. 

Stevens not only re-created the gorgeous Downton estate in LEGO form, he also put together tiny versions of the Crawley family – including Robert, Cora, Mary, Edith, Sybil and Dowager Countess Violet – as well as several of the series’ popular servants, such as Carson, Thomas, Bates and Branson (back when he was in chauffeur mode). Sadly missing are Anna and Mrs. Hughes, but I guess we can’t have everything.  Which is actually bearable in this instance, just because the rest of it is so fantastic.

Read on for more details and an interview with the (clearly very talented!) creator.

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'Tough Justice' with Michelle Dockery is the Must-See Video of the Day

Every wonder what Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery might look like in a different sort of show? Perhaps a more modern show, in a role that didn’t require the wearing of a corset? Well, you just might get your wish – sort of – below.

The Downton star features in the latest hilarious effort from website Funny or Die, which imagines what Dockery’s career might look like if she swapped Highclere Castle for the lead role of a fictional crime drama called Tough Justice. (There may actually be a show out there already called Tough Justice because, let’s face it, all those shows have names that sound like that, but this one depicted here is totally fake.) 

It depicts Dockery as no-nonsense lead female detective named Connie Tough, opposite The Shield’s Michael Chiklis as (what else) her gritty, hard-nosed partner. The clip also takes a moment to poke fun at the endlessly cookie-cutter procedurals featured on cable networks like TNT and USA, as well at the idea that all female characters featured in these sorts of shows are the super combative, over the top “strong woman” types. Of course, there’s also a twist, but you’ll really be happier if I don’t tell you what it is.

This whole thing is hard to really explain without ruining the fun, so just take my word that it’s amazing and well worth your time to click through and watch:

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