Sherlock (2010) TV


Benedict’s signature role as Doyle’s master detective Sherlock Holmes, transferred to London of the 21 Century.

Sherlock is a mini TV series of the BBC, which aired for the first time in 2010. The TV adaptation of the classic detective adventures of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle transfers the master detective Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr. John Watson to London of the 21st Century. Here, the World’s only Consulting Detective dissolves the seemingly most unsolvlabe cases – using his mobile phone and the Internet, and his superior intelligence paired with a quite big, good dose of pure sarcasm.

The presentation of the high-intelligent, apparently emotionless sociopath Sherlock („I‘m not a psychopath, Anderson, I’m a high-functioning sociopath. Do your research!” Season 1, Episode 1, A Study in Pink) catapulted Benedict Cumberbatch abruptly to the top of the ranks of the most sought after actors.

The two writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, who – being fans of the original novels – saw the work on Sherlock more as a hobby, have been showered with awards and nominations, including BAFTAs within the major categories in 2011 and 2012.

Martin Freeman (as Dr. Watson) won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor in 2011, Andrew Scott (as Moriarty) was honoured with the British Academy Film Awards 2012 and in the following year with the IFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor at the Irish Film and Television Awards.

47 national and international nominations, 30 awards and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by Benedict for an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television can demonstrate this successful series.

For his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes Benedict won the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for best actor (2011 and 2013), the National Television Award for Most Popular Male Drama Performance (2013), the Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries/Movie TV (2012), the TV Quick Award for Best Actor (2012) and besides others a nomination for Best Actor at the BAFTAs in 2011 and 2012.

The success story of the series continues to take its course and is no longer to stop. Series 3 was aired on british television in January 2014, and a further Series is in planing.

You can find in Information about the final filming and two reports from our set visit (here and here).

What is it about:
London, as we know it today. Dr. John Watson returns, psychologically injured and with a gunshot wound, back to London from his mission in the Afghanistan war. Attending a psychological treatment and without being able to afford an apartment, he does not find his way right back into a normal life. An old friend suggests him sharing an apartment with someone else – and by chance he already knows a potential flatmate:
So Dr. Watson meets Sherlock Holmes – and at one stroke his futile existence changes into an ongoing exciting adventure on the side of the World’s only Consultant Detective (Sherlock, Season 1, Episode 1, A Study in Pink “: “I invented the job.”).
Watson does not remain Sherlock’s flatmate, he becomes his right hand and his best – and only – friend (“I do not have friends I’ve just got one.” Sherlock to Watson, Season 2, Episode 2, The Hound of Baskerville). When the police is at a loss (which happens quite often), Inspector Lestrade asks for Sherlock’s help – and like everbody around the genius he, too, always witnesses Sherlock’s power of deduction in elucidating the seemingly unsolvable cases with astonishment and suspiciousness.

And in fact, everything would be well in London, would not appear a worthy opponent, a diabolical, unpredictable Consultant Criminal, in his skills nothing short of Sherlock’s, and this incredible villain has just one target – to play with Sherlock and finally destroy him, at any prize, if necessary even to his own life.

Moriarty versus Sherlock – but to be honest, is the sociopathic detective genius really superable?


Paul McGuigan

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes novels)
Mark Gattis
Steven Moffat

Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes), Martin Freeman (Dr. John Watson), Una Stubbs (Mrs. Hudson), Louise Brealey (Molly Hooper), Mark Gatiss (Mycroft Holmes), Andrew Scott (Moriarty), Rupert Graves (Inspector Lestrade)

Series 1: A Study in Pink, The Blind Banker, The Great Game
Series 2: A Scandal in Belgravia, The Hounds of the Baskerville, The Reichenbachfall
Series 3: The Empty Hearse, The Sign of Three, His Last Vow

More information
The DVD/Blu-Ray as well as several merchandising can be found on Amazon. You can get the series also on iTunes.
The complete adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle can be found on Amazon.

Official Trailer by BBC:

Benedict Cumberbatch talks about Sherlock:

Image Credit: BBC