It had to happen. Reading the opening pages of the first Sherlock Holmes book A Study In Scarlet one is struck by the very contemporary scenario of Watson returning home after being wounded in Afghanistan. It is no surprise therefore that Holmes and Watson have now been updated for a new TV series set in modern day England, and not a deerstalker or opium pipe in sight.
The three 90 minute episodes of Sherlock, commissioned by BBC Wales from Hartswood Films were written by Steven Moffat And Mark Gatisss (of Dr Who fame) and Stephen Thompson who wrote the third episode.
The show stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes, and Martin Freeman as Watson. Filmed on location in Cardiff and London the show transposes The adventures of the Victorian super-sleuth into a very modern Milieu of txting, computing and GPS. Whilst this may be upsetting to fans of the period drama, it makes perfect sense to Crimezine that Holmes, a man far ahead of the times he lived in, should make use of cutting edge technology to meet his investigative ends.
The first show in the series is called A Study in Pink and bears a number of parallels with the first Holmes book A Study in Scarlet.While the writers are to be applauded for their ingenuity, Crimezine prefers the medical mystery drama House for it’s more subtle Holmesean parallels.
A second series, of three further 90 minute episodes are due for Autumn 2011 Look out for them. If you live in the US you can see the original series on PBS.
Blu-ray and DVD versions of the show are now available in the UK.
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