First glimpse: Sherlock

Here are two pics from BBC’s upcoming reinvention of Sherlock by Doctor Who writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.

It stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Atonement) as Sherlock Holmes while Martin Freeman (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) plays his sidekick Dr. John Watson.

The contemporary update has three ninety-minute instalments and is said to “ground the forthcoming tales in reality, and appease ardent fans of the classic tales.”

It will air in the UK later this month, while Nine has the series for Australia this year.

Moffat recently told TV Tonight, “It’s Sherlock Holmes set in the modern day, but not by freezing anything, we just relocate the stories into the modern day. I think it’s absolutely brilliant. The way the characters map onto the modern world … it’s so easy, so effortless to make it work. I think people are going to love it.”

Here is the synopsis:

Sherlock Holmes was always a modern man. It’s the world that got old. Now he’s back as he should be: edgy, contemporary, difficult – and dangerous – in three new dramas on BBC One.

Watson, a doctor, soldier and war hero, is fresh from military service in Afghanistan. A chance encounter brings him into the world of Sherlock Holmes, a loner, detective and genius. The two men couldn’t be more different, but Sherlock’s inspired leaps of intellect, coupled with John’s pragmatism, soon forge an unbreakable alliance.

A woman in pink lies dead in a derelict house, the fourth in a series of impossible suicides. DI Lestrade is the best Scotland Yard has got, but even he knows he can’t compare to the young man who can tell a software designer by his tie or an airline pilot by his thumb.

Sherlock has a unique analytical mind, earning his living and staving off boredom by solving crimes. The weirder and more baffling the better…

Across three thrilling, scary, action-packed and hugely entertaining episodes, Sherlock and John navigate a maze of cryptic clues and lethal killers to get at the truth.

Source: Collider


  1. Mark Gattis is a great talent do you remember The League of Gentleman on ABC ? but on one of the commercials…. it’s going to be terribly overlooked….

  2. Holmes set in the modern era? Booooooorrrinnnnnnggggggggggggg.
    When i read that it was going to “appease ardent fans of the classic tales.”
    I thought yeah about time. They were going to portray him the way conan doyle intended him to be portrayed

  3. I’ll take a punt that this will be on a Saturday over summer like Crusoe and like Crusoe it will be frozen first then gets thawed about 2 summers from now.

  4. Nine getting the rights to Sherlock Holmes means when it is released on DVD, ABC will also miss out on a share of revenue from DVD sales, like what happened when Nine showed BBC programs Monarchy (a documentary about Queen Elizabeth II) and David Attenborough’s Life in Cold Blood in recent years.

  5. Won’t last 5 weeks on Ch 9. I think it’d be perfect on the ABC with no ads, etc.

    Look at Nine’s treatment of Waking The Dead when it had it on – it didn’t know what to do with it and eventually gave it to the ABC.

    We shouldn’t also forget their treatment of Father Ted and Midsomer Murders when they had it as well – all went to the ABC too.

    Never mind – Sherlock Holmes looks like a good show – will be getting it on DVD when it comes.

  6. So 3 installments probably means Nine won’t fast track them if they can’t show them one week after another. Also it will include at least 30 mins of ads to take it out to 2 hours and probably air on Sunday nights IMO.

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