I’ve always been curious as to whether Sherlock's unaired pilot had a title before being ditched and reworked into 'A Study in Pink'.
Turns out, it did: ‘A Touch of Pink’.
ETA: Bad/redundant sources. If this title was involved with the pilot at all, it was an early working title. Unconfirmed.
∙ The current official Facebook page for BBC’s Sherlock : [x] ∙ The former Facebook page for A Touch of Pink : [x]∙ The CV of the pilot’s costume designer, Ray Holman (archived from May 2009) : [x]∙ Sherlock’s Wikipedia article history (archived from Dec 2009) : [x]
HOLD UP. What about the title shot with the cupid that is my icon??? I’m confused. Is it just an even rougher draft title?
Hmm. Possibly the working title during filming/before final edits?
Holman’s website is now current, with a further blurb on his past work on Sherlock and how he wishes he could have continued with the show:
It seems like the only source for the alternate title is Holman’s website.
The first link to BBC’s official facebook page that says “A Touch of Pink was merged with this page” has a question mark next to it. Hovering over it says, “Duplicate Page Detected You were automatically redirected because A Touch of Pink was merged with this page. Let us know if this is a mistake.” The link in this leads to the second link in the list in post above (Former facebook page of A Touch in Pink). The bottom of that page says that they lifted the contents from Wikipedia page of Sherlock the series. I am not sure whether it’s just the avatar-image or other contents too. But that facebook is duplicate according to BBC’s page. And the last wikipedia page in the list refers to Holman’s CV which is the third link. Also the revised version of the wikipedia omits the reference to “A Touch of Pink” completely. Basically, these sources aren’t independent sources.
So it’s just Holman who says “A Touch of Pink” instead of the existing title of the episode. It’s likely that that was just a working title. Also, CV lists it as Sherlock Pilot instead of “A Touch of Pink”. The rest is his personal statement which identical to the one on his personal website (the last x in the post above). So either Holman remembers it wrong or “A Touch of Pink” was the working title that never saw the light of the day.
Good catch, cosmoglaut, thank you! You’re right: it had to either be an early working title before filming was finished or a flub on Holman’s part and totally incorrect.
The other mentions of ‘A Touch of Pink’ all come from very early sources circa 2009ish. (One other indicated behind a paywall on broadcastnow.co.uk, and two mentioned a link to a page on stevenmoffat.net that wasn’t captured by archive.org’s crawlers, which is why I didn’t link to them.)
I know from running a business’ Facebook profile that requesting a “page merge” requires you be the creator and/or admin manager of both pages in question first. I wasn’t aware that Facebook had an automated wikipedia page ‘scrape’ system, however, so I’m not sure how that works; I was (wrongly) convinced by the combination of the official page’s merge and the well-populated archive of the ‘A Touch of Pink’ FB page.
It may very well just be a free-standing mistake on Holman’s site that’s affected all other sources. To try and clarify, I’ve dropped an email to Holman to see if I can get a definite answer, and I’m going to try scaling that paywall.
Regardless: in the meantime, I’ve done exactly the thing that I hate to see happen on tumblr (I just posted about it recently) — putting up information that seems certain with sources that turn out to be shoddy, or items that are still at conjecture-level without clearly stating such.
I spent a lot of time kicking the tires on this one to make sure it was solid before posting, but my research wasn’t good enough and my actions have muddied the water with misinformation. I done fucked up. cosmoglaut, talesofsymphoniac, and consultingpiskies, thanks for pointing this out.
I’m editing the original post to reflect this, and I apologize to everyone who reblogged the post and/or was confused by it. I feel awful about putting people in the position of reblogging possibly false information. I’m going to think hard on how to make sure I don’t make the same mistake again. Please forgive me, dear fandom.