Thanks to the success of Matt Smith’s Dr Who, the BBC has found a TV platform that really works. Now, with the help of Doctor Who writers, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, they’ve turned their attention to Sherlock Holmes.
Sherlock is a modern day adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic detective novels and short stories, with more than a chunk of Whoism to polish it off. With whity dialogue, attention to detail and a fast paced storyline for the opening episode, A Study in Pink, Sherlock could prove to be as successful as the Doctor.
Benedict Cumberbatch (image curtesy of the BBC) takes the lead role as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman (Nativity (2009)) has become Dr. John H. Watson with ease. Both are brilliant, however, my apparent uncanny resemblance to Cumberbatch means that I spend a lot of time thinking “I don’t look that much like the dude”.
A Study in Pink managed to piece together the introduction of Watson and Holmes, a clever mysterious serial killer plot and the first murmurings of Moriarty. Building suspense perfectly, the series is currently capped at three episodes, however, with the first episode pulling in 7.4 million UK viewers, it’s simply elementary to assume that more will follow.
Sherlock, BBC review: 4.5/5