Five fascinating film and TV facts #84

Sherlock tweets, Doctor Who anagrams and missing names in Notting Hill




Surely that’s worth a tweet, right?

Throughout Richard Curtis’s 1999 smash hit rom com Notting Hill, there’s a rather interesting omission: Julia Robert’s character Anna, never says Hugh Grant’s character’s name, William. Ever. Throughout the whole film. She picks up on the fact that his nickname at school was Floppy, but never says he actual name. 

The Maze Runner author James Dashner didn’t originally intend the books (or indeed the film) to include the Glader language. After the book was rejected by several publishers, Dashner added the new language in, with words including Greenie (meaning new arrival), to help give a sense of the book’s futuristic setting. Their words needed their own “flavour” as they’re isolated, Dashner has explained. 

The Lion King is the second movie that saw James Earl Jones (Mufasa) and Madge Sinclair (Sarabi) perform together as an African King and Queen. Jones and Sinclair also starred as King and Queen of a fictional African nation in Coming to America (1988). The film follows their son, played by Eddie Murphy, as he attempts to find a wife in New York City. 

Russell T Davis used Doctor Who anagram Torchwood to label the tapes while filming the revived series in 2005. The idea was to stop anyone spotting the Who footage and leaking information. He was clearly fond of the word, using it to title the spin-off show in 2006. 


2014’s Sherlock series three finale, His Last Vow, generated a whopping 377,182 tweets when it aired. The episode averaged at 1,727 tweets per minute. Its peek saw a speedy 10,592 tweets per minute as the hashtags #didyoumissme and #MoriartyLives began to trend. Sherlock was the record holder before the EastEnders Who Killed Lucy? reveal stole its crown with 519,359 tweets sent during an episode in February. The final minute when Bobby was unveiled as the killer was met with 32,638 tweets.