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Silly little Brit question...

Dear friends of mine from across the pond,

We finally got to see the first episode of Steven Moffat's Sherlock Holmes on PBS last night, hosted by Alan Cummings who pronounces it "Sherlick" in all his adorable Scottishness. (Love that guy.) Anyway, at the beginning, John Watson is sitting down to a cuppa and the camera focuses on a crest on his mug. I figure it's to establish either a branch of service or his educational background, but which is it? This is the sort of thing that would be entirely lost on an American audience, and I'm sure it doesn't have any huge bearing on the proceedings, but I want to know! Does it show that he's really elite at something, or from quite a middling background, or what? The only thing I'm sure of is that it's not from Hogwarts...

Thank you in advance for feeding my obsession with trivial detail.

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Oct. 25th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
I don't tend to pay attention to stuff like that. Do you have a screen capture?
Oct. 25th, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
Apparently, finding a screencap is too difficult for me. I am no Holmes. But I did find this:

Presumably he was a fully trained doctor before he went into the army; fully qualified doctors joining the army go on a short course at Sandhurst, where they're taught how to march in a straight line and iron their clothes, get given a commission (officer rank) then get told to go be doctors in their new regiment, usually the Royal Army Medical Corps (the badge on the mug he used in the beginning of the first episode showed something similar to the RAMC badge, but that's a bit of a no-brainer).

So I guess that's the answer. It doesn't add much in the way of layers, alas. Might've been funnier if it had said "Gryffindor" or something.

Edited at 2010-10-26 01:14 am (UTC)
Oct. 25th, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'd forgotten that that had finally legally hit the states. Was it not wonderful and fabulous? And John Watson is set to be Bilbo in the big new Hobbit production, which I find suits me nicely.
Oct. 25th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
Yes, Martin Freeman will make an excellent hobbit. I always think of Love Actually when I see him, but the kid reminds me that he was also Arthur Dent in the Hitchhiker's Guide movie.
Oct. 25th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
I only saw Love Actually once and have no recollection of him at all, but he apparently also had a bit part in Hot Fuzz, which I'm fond of - except, I have no recollection of him in that either! I looked him up on IMDB, and he seems to have gotten around; I just never noticed him before.
Oct. 25th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
I think his whole strength is in his "I don't stick out"-ness. I don't remember him from Hot Fuzz either, but he could've been any of a dozen townspeople. In Love Actually he plays the porn set body double, where his air of being an absolutely non-entity is perfect.
Oct. 25th, 2010 07:40 pm (UTC)
I don't recall the cup in question, but it's clear he's been injured in Afghanistan. As Conan Doyle's Watson was. Plus ca change. If you had a screencap we could probably work it out. It might be the RAMC - army medics - crest, perhaps?

Did you enjoy it? I adored it, personally. The second is not quite as good, but the third is also excellent. IMHO of course.
Oct. 25th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
I did a bit more research (no screencap, alas) and it looks as if you are correct, it was supposed to be a RAMC crest. Cookie? I sort of wish they'd used something that was a clue to something more subtle, you know? Ah, well.

Yes, we all enjoyed it, including the downstairs neighbors who came up to catch it with us! TV party!
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