Friday, August 06, 2010

Modern day SHERLOCK on PBS Masterpiece Mystery

A 21st century-reimagining of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's great detective debuted recently in the UK to great response. The three-episode set, co-created by Doctor Who's Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, finds Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch), loyal friend Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman) and long-suffering Inspector Lestrade (Rupert Graves) transplanted to modern day London. The episodes come Stateside to PBS Masterpiece Mystery with A Study in Pink (Oct 24), The Blind Banker (Oct 31) and The Great Game (Nov 7).

The iconic details from Conan Doyle's original books remain -- they live at the same address, have the same names and, somewhere out there, Moriarty is waiting for them. "Conan Doyle's stories were never about frock coats and gas light," Moffat says. "They're about brilliant detection, dreadful villains and blood-curdling crimes. Other detectives have cases -- Sherlock Holmes has adventures, and that's what matters."

Here's the trailer for when the series premiered on BBC One:

UPDATE: The BBC has already ordered a second round of episodes of Sherlock.

UPDATE TWO: Sherlock: Season One is now available on DVD.

Related links:
Complete SHERLOCK HOLMES by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes: The Hamlet of Detective Fiction
Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong
Sherlock Holmes: Don't Call It A Comeback
All Aboard For Murder: 10 Mysteries On Trains

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