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Filming unit for Sherlock Homes 2 at Historic Dockyard, Chatham
Filming unit for Sherlock Homes 2 at Historic Dockyard, Chatham

Chatham's Historic Dockyard has once again been transformed into Victorian England for an action-packed blockbuster.

The cast and crew of the new Sherlock Holmes movie descended on the Chatham attraction to shoot the sequel to the 2009 film about the famous detective.

The film sees Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law reprise their roles as Holmes and his sidekick Dr Watson. It also stars Mad Men’s Jared Harris as their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.

The production team moved into the dockyard at the beginning of last week and finished the first stage of filming on Friday.

It is thought they were on set after dark to film some night scenes.
Stephen Fry, who plays Holmes’ older brother Mycroft, Tweeted on Wednesday afternoon from his iPhone: “On my way to first day’s filming. Warner’s publ ppl haven’t told me the rules on Tweeting from the set yet, but I expect it’s frowned upon.”

Robert Downey Jr filming Sherlock Holmes 2 at Historic Dockyard, Chatham
Robert Downey Jr filming Sherlock Holmes 2 at Historic Dockyard, Chatham

In the evening he Tweeted: “On set of Sherlock Holmes 2, waiting for it to get dark. Brrrrr. Chilly” and later added: “Can’t say where we’re filming, but it’s a night shoot.”

His last Tweet about Sherlock Holmes was at 12.04am, which read: 'Still filming. Still cold. Unreliable phone recepsh – hope this gets thru.”

The production crew has taken over the helipad area of the dockyard, at the front of Commissioner’s House, and an area next to the Anchor Wharf Store Houses, which has previously been used to film part of the 1999 film The Mummy.

It is the second time the dockyard has been used as the backdrop for a Sherlock Holmes film. Several scenes from the first movie where filmed there in 2008, when Jude Law, Robert Downey Jr and director Guy Ritchie were all on set.

The production team transformed Covered Slip 7 into an 1890s shipyard and other parts of the dockyard were also used.

Sherlock Holmes 2 is due to be released in December 2011. A spokesman for the Historic Dockyard would not comment on the filming.

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