SPOILERS: DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN SHERLOCK SERIES 4 EPISODE 3 THE FINAL PROBLEM
It may have escaped your notice but there was a dead Viking in the living room of 221B Baker Street at the end of series four finale The Final Problem.
Not much to shout about there, you might think, just part of an amusing montage showing our heroes Sherlock and John tackling future cases and showing what they’re made of.
Only, this is no ordinary dead Viking. This is – as eagle-eyed viewers studying the credits may have spotted – a dead Viking played by music legend Paul Weller.
The former frontman of Mod revival legends The Jam is a friend of Sherlock star Martin Freeman, who brought Weller onto the set during filming, revealed director Benjamin Caron (he also urged viewers at a preview screening to “pay a bit of special attention” to the character).
The fact that it was Weller was confirmed by the BBC.
Quite why he wanted to play the part is anybody’s guess – but perhaps it was a thank you to his friend Freeman, who starred in the video to his 2015 track Pick It Up…
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.