I love love love this show. Yes perhaps I am slightly biased because I think Benedict Cumberbatch is cute. Hah.  I first watched this about a little under a month ago. And I’ve rewatched it since.

ANYWAY, its a pretty decent interpretation of the classic by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. They kept the wit, they kept parts of the original text.


(original text)

“But the Solar System!” I (Watson) protested.

“What the deuce is it to me?” he (Sherlock) interrupted impatiently;
“you say that we go round the sun. If we went round the moon it
would not make a pennyworth of difference to me or to my work.”

Study in Scarlet

(in the series)

Watson :”But the Solar System?!”

Sherlock: “Oh hell, what does it matter?! So we go round the sun – if we went round the moon or… round and round the garden like a teddy bear, it wouldn’t make any difference.”
The Great Game, Sherlock BBC 2010

Which I think is brilliant.

The producers are the geniuses behind Doctor Who (another favourite of mine) so this version of Sherlock Holmes is a fun watch. I didn’t watch the Robert Downey Jr version because I read a review which compared it to an episode of House. In this version, though Sherlock is flamboyant and a little ‘out there’, the story line is intriguing. The whole point of Sherlock is to have an adventure, like the classics of Basil Rathborne. So I’m forgiving the producers for not keeping 100% with the character. Not that my opinion really matters. Haha.

So who’s Benedict Cumberbatch?

He’s the one on the left. Martin Freeman(from Love Actually, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) plays (a really smooth talking) Watson.

If you get the chance, watch it. Its a real treat for hardcore Sherlock fans. Even if you’re not, its still amusing.

random facts:
1. The producers made websites for the show (the websites that are mentioned in the show)
Sherlock’s site- The Science of Deduction
Watson’s site- The blog of Dr. John Watson

2. The coat that Sherlock wears in the series has increased in sales. Its not just ANY coat. Here’s Wikipedia:

The show’s popularity led retailer Debenhams to report a surge in enquiries for coats similar to Sherlock’s. Garment manufacturer Belstaff was forced to put the wool trench coat worn by Benedict Cumberbatch back into production before the series had ended.The Independent newspaper reported that “designer Paul Costelloe moved to meet the demand, offering tailored coats and scarves based on the series, while Savile Row bespoke tailor John Pearse said many of his clients were inquiring about the actors’ clothes”.Journalist Alexis Petridis comments, “you can see why men wanted to get the look. Perhaps they noted the effect Cumberbatch, by no means your standard telly hunk, had on lady viewers … and decided it must have something to do with the clobber. So it is that Britain’s latest men’s style icon is a fictional asexual sociopath first seen onscreen hitting a corpse with a stick. Surely not even the great detective himself could have deduced that was going to happen.” Publishers and retailers reported a 180% rise in sales of Sherlock Holmes books during the first series’ broadcast. Speedy’s, the sandwich shop on North Gower Street below the flat used as Holmes’ residence, reported a sharp rise in new customers who recognised it from the show.

So there! The wonder of 3 episodes on British culture. 🙂 Is it not worth a watch?


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