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Transcripts (and variations on the full transcripts) – now available to download 
14th-Sep-2015 03:06 pm
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Transcripts, transcripts, and more transcripts

You’re the second person to say that to me today
For years people have been asking, “Why hasn’t Ariane made the transcripts available to download?” To which my answer has been along the lines of, “You know why she’s here? She’s not paid or anything.” And, to be honest, the last thing I wanted was people taking the downloads and scurrying off without even bothering to post a comment at the bottom of my Livejournal pages.

But, three and a half years after starting to write Sherlock transcripts, I finally relented and made the transcripts available to download.

PLEASE NOTE: All downloads listed below go up to and include the Special. Season 4 downloads will not be available for some months. I will announce on LJ and on Tumblr when they do become available.

Update, February 2016
These are deep waters, fandom. And I shall have to go deeper still

Back in September 2015 it was fairly straightforward – if time-consuming – putting together all the transcripts up to the end of Season 3; but then came The Abominable Bride. Adding that to all the different files listed below was annoying but necessary and I was getting on with the job until I suddenly realised: there might be people out there who’ve downloaded earlier versions of the files and then have edited and/or annotated them to death. The last thing they would need is to have to download a new version and then transfer all their notes.

So did I shrug and think, “Not my problem”? To be brutally honest, I should have but because I’m an idiot a heroine a martyr to the cause stupidly OCD about such things, I have not only added TAB to every file, but I have made separate files of TAB only, for the benefit of those who don’t want to mess with their original downloads but would like to add the new transcript at the end.

This means that next time I find that I’ve misquoted a character in TAB, I’ll have to update five Word files, re-convert them to pdf, and then re-upload all ten. You might think that that’s unlikely to happen after all this time but just this morning, 15 February, I realised I’d got a line wrong. So it could happen again ...

I imagine people have already warned you to stay away from transcripts, but I can see from your left hand that’s not going to happen
So here they are at last. One single file containing all the episodes (including the pilot, Many Happy Returns and the Special). 474 pages, with a page index and everything!

All episodes: Word (.docx, c.1040KB) / PDF (c.3200KB)
The Abominable Bride only: Word (.docx, c.125KB) / PDF (c.500KB)

I’ve got Miss DeVere on semi-permanent mute
Do you trudge through part of a transcript looking for a particular conversation or just one line, but are constantly fed up with having to skim past all the descriptive stuff written by your dedicated and humble transcriber? Don’t you wish there was a version with just the dialogue?

Now there is. No descriptions of the scenes or voice tones, and none of DeVere’s snarky asides. One single file containing all the episodes (including the pilot, MHR and the Special) with just the speaker and the spoken words. A mere 213 pages!

All episodes: Word (.docx, c.460KB) or as a PDF (c.1700KB)
The Abominable Bride only: Word (.docx, c.66KB) / PDF (c.300KB)

I guarantee you – on behalf of the Sherlock fandom – that materials will be found on your computer hard drives resulting in your immediate ability to find the required line of dialogue. Don’t reply – just look delighted and flail wildly
You’re planning a fic or a meta, or you want to prove a point by quoting that particular line that Mycroft said in ... dammit, which episode did he say that line in? You can’t remember and so, especially if you can’t remember the quote well enough to do a word search, you’ve got to plough through all the transcripts to find it.

Not any more. I have given myself chronic RSI by cutting and pasting the lines spoken by all the major characters so that, for example, all of Mycroft’s lines from every episode are listed together. I’ve selected 25 of the major characters who appear in all or several episodes (e.g. Mycroft, Jim, Molly, Greg, Mrs H ... Oh, and those Sherlock and John characters too), and some others who either appear in just a couple of episodes, or appear in only one episode but in more than one scene (e.g. Irene, Janine, Henry, Wiggins ...). Of course, it might not help much if you’re looking for a quote from Sherlock (who says 4527 lines) or John (2747 lines), but it might be useful for other characters. So here it is: one single file containing a list of lines spoken by 25 of the characters throughout all the episodes (including the pilot, MHR and the Special). 179 pages, with a handy page index so you can easily see who’s included and then jump to the appropriate character’s lines.

Available as a Word (.docx, c.400KB) or as a PDF (c.1800KB)
And no, I’m afraid there’s just the one edition of this version, with the lines from TAB now incorporated.

Oh, you mean it’s actually Christmas
And just a reminder that also available is a file with a side-by-side comparison of the broadcast episode and the pilot episode of A Study in Pink. This sets out identical/similar scenes side-by-side and lines up each identical or similar line, plus shows where the two episodes were different. If you want to see an example of what I’m talking about, go here.

Available as a PDF (1040KB)

I can’t tell you how glad we are, Ari. All that time people thinking the worst of you. We’re just so pleased it’s all over.
So, that should keep you busy for a while. If there are no more questions for Miss DeVere, I’m going to bring this session to an end. You may bow down and worship me as you see fit. If you don’t ... I’ll make you into shoes. ;-)


The original transcripts, together with DVD commentary summaries/transcripts, and transcripts of the DVD special features can be found here.

14th-Sep-2015 02:53 pm (UTC)
You are so awesome and amazing!! I just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you!
14th-Sep-2015 03:05 pm (UTC)
Wow, this is awesome! Thank you so much!
14th-Sep-2015 03:08 pm (UTC)
Wow. I can't even imagine how much time you've put into the transcripts and that doc with the characters' lines. It's so impressive and amazing. You deserve all the kudos, likes, comments and praises for your work. Thank you very much!
14th-Sep-2015 03:29 pm (UTC) - Amazing! Brilliant work!
Words cannot convey my thank yous for this effort of yours !!
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14th-Sep-2015 03:41 pm (UTC)
My god, it's full of win!!

Seriously, though, you are awesome. And I mean that before this post, too.
14th-Sep-2015 04:46 pm (UTC)
Well, fuck. (Pardon my French.) This is amazing and stunning. The time it must have taken you! Hats off to you. You're so precious to this fandom.

P.S. I love your snarky asides!
14th-Sep-2015 05:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you SO much!
14th-Sep-2015 05:56 pm (UTC)
you. are. BRILLIANT.
14th-Sep-2015 06:53 pm (UTC)
You're amazing! I can't believe all the work you've put into this. Thank you so much! (Now which version to choose...)
14th-Sep-2015 06:56 pm (UTC)
Oh darling, what a marvellous idea - to be honest, not being a writer, I'd never thought of needing such a thing, but it makes a wonderful reference idea . . . you spoil us infinitely.

Thank you so, so, so much for going to all this trouble; you are the brightest star in the firmament!

14th-Sep-2015 09:16 pm (UTC)
You are awesome! I don't write, but will be so, so happy to have the transcripts (WITH your commentary) to refer to.
14th-Sep-2015 09:36 pm (UTC)
Echoing everyone else, thank you. My husband mentioned that sometimes the accents make it hard to understand. So he thanks you too.
14th-Sep-2015 11:00 pm (UTC)
These are amazing, thank you!! This must have been a ton of work.
14th-Sep-2015 11:47 pm (UTC) - Thank you!
Thank you so much!
14th-Sep-2015 11:57 pm (UTC)
You are a goddess amongst goddesses. ::deep, reverential bow:: Thank you.
15th-Sep-2015 12:09 am (UTC) - Thank you
This is funny timing... I've gone through all the transcripts and pasted them into a Word file so I could read them on my Kindle.

Last week.

I could have waited a week LOL

Anyway, thank you for that. This is amazing work.
15th-Sep-2015 08:47 am (UTC) - Re: Thank you
Oh, I'm so sorry!! That's really bad timing on my part!
15th-Sep-2015 12:35 am (UTC)
Oh, girl, you spoil us. Thank you so much for this amazing resource. Just awesome.
15th-Sep-2015 01:42 am (UTC)
This is fantastic! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!
15th-Sep-2015 04:42 am (UTC)
Wow! That is totally impressive. A huge amount of work.
15th-Sep-2015 08:35 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!
15th-Sep-2015 03:24 pm (UTC)
Awesome! That's just wonderful. Love the different versions for different needs. Your headlines just made me giggle. Clever! ;)
15th-Sep-2015 03:59 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you, darling! I had fun skimming through my new slimline transcripts finding appropriate headers, and even I giggle every time I see the 'semi-permanent mute' line!
15th-Sep-2015 05:45 pm (UTC)
Wow oh wow oh WOWEE! I see the word 'awesome' has been used many times in comments already, and I'd like to add my voice to the chorus :D Thank you!
16th-Sep-2015 03:31 am (UTC)
You are a noble and brave person. Thank you. My computer harddrive is happy now.
16th-Sep-2015 11:22 am (UTC)
That is an amazing effort! Fandom thanks you!
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