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Genre: Television / Suitable for 12 years and over / Director: Paul McGuigan / Actors: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Rupert Graves, Una Stubbs, Vinette Robinson ... / DVD released 2010-08-30 at 2entertain / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      A fresh look at an old classic.

      (Please note: This review will contain mild plot spoilers but rest assured, I won't give the endings away :))

      Sherlock is a thoroughly British programme, shown on BBC1. It takes the original works of the legendary Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes novels and drags them into the 21st century. Written by Stephen Moffat, Mark Gatiss and Steven Thompson and directed by Stephen Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Beryl Vertue and Paul McGuigan, this has a very Stephen Moffat feel to the programme. Anyone who has seen his work on Doctor Who will see what I mean. In fact the first time I saw Sherlock, I switched on the TV half way through an episode and remarked immediately 'this is a bit like Doctor Who'. I'm not usually very perceptive either, if the TV jumped off the wall and started walking away it'd take me a minute to notice ;)

      ~~~Who's Sherlock?~~~

      Sherlock Holmes is a character from stories by the renowned author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in this TV series the tales have been given an updated feel while still keeping some of the traditional details as well.

      Sherlock is an intelligent yet ultimately eccentric detective who solves mysterious cases, usually for a fee. He is helped by his loyal friend Doctor John Watson who both aids his case solving and chronicles it (in the original books by publishing books, while in the BBC series he creates a blog).


      ~~~Cast~~~

      The series stars a rather striking looking fellow (yes, I'm a bit weird), Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes. Well loved TV veteran Martin Freeman takes his place alongside Sherlock as his long suffering friend Dr John Watson. In this contemporary remake, Sherlock Holmes is portrayed as a reclusive, socially inept genius. He can be quite arrogant and is often mocking towards other characters when they don't follow his line of thinking quickly. However he proves himself to be strangely loveable and quirky right from the start of the first episode. Watson is more laid back in character, a fiercely loyal friend to Sherlock, he appears Sherlock's polar opposite.

      Other cast members include:

      Mrs Hudson ~ Played by Una Stubbs. Sherlock and John's Landlady.

      DI Greg Lestrade ~ Rupert Graves. A detective who occasionally asks Sherlock's help with solving cases.

      Mycroft Holmes - Mark Gatiss. Sherlock's older brother.

      Jim Moriaty ~ Andrew Scott. Arch enemy of Sherlock Holmes.

      Seargent Sally Donovan ~ Vinette Robinson. Police officer who works with Lestrade.

      Molly Hooper ~ Louise Brealey. Morgue attendant and casual friend of Sherlock and John's.


      I was lucky enough to receive the Sherlock Series 1 DVD for my birthday this year, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Series 1 compromised of three 90 minute long episodes, quite an unusual layout for a TV series, but it gives each episode (which are all based loosely on Arthur Conan Doyle's books) just the right amount of time to develop. The episodes are spread over two discs, and include some lovely special features too.

      ~~~A Study in Pink~~~

      This is the first episode, and is loosely based on the original book by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 'A Study in Scarlet'.

      We're introduced to Watson first here, and we find out that he's returned home from Afghanistan where he was injured. He walks with a limp, is seeing a therapist and appears to be looking for somewhere to live. Poor Watson seems quite a sorry figure at this stage, your sympathy is immediately drawn to him. However, following a lead from a friend he soon finds himself the flatmate of Sherlock Holmes at the very famous address 221B Baker Street.

      Sherlock is soon asked by DI Lestrade to take a look at a crime scene with him. It appears that he asks Sherlock's help often, and as Watson is a Doctor, he tags along in the hope that he may be of some use.

      At the crime scene is a murdered woman wearing pink, hence the episode title. Together the two friends work to piece together the clues and solve the case, which at first appears to be the latest in a line of serial suicides, but Sherlock has other ideas...

      There are speedy chases, puzzling clues, and plenty of surprises to be found here. We learn a lot more about the two main characters, in particular Watson. and Moriaty's name is mentioned, leading way to his introduction at a later stage. We're also introduced to Sherlock's elder brother in this episode, the two brothers appear to have a frosty relationship and the banter between them is quite light hearted and amusing.

      I found this episode to be a perfect start to a fantastic series - I didn't guess the murderer's identity until right at the last minute, and even then there were twists and turns in the plot line to leave you hanging on to the edge of your seat. Sherlock's character is so strange and intriguing that you're not sure of his boundaries, so every move is a surprise.

      ~~~The Blind Baker~~~

      The second episode doesn't hold off on the action. We're immediately introduced to Soo Lin Yao who works in a museum. At the end of the day, Soon sees something terrifying and lets out a blood curdling scream, we the viewers are left literally and metaphorically in the dark as to the source of Soo Lin Yao's terror, and the episode begins properly.

      At this point, we see John Watson is struggling for money. As much fun as being Sherlock's sidekick is, it doesn't seem to pay the bills. Sherlock offers to help and take his friend along to the bank, but when they arrive, it's not quite the Natwest branch Watson was expecting... In fact, there's a case to be solved here, with a large reward. The perfect remedy for both our heroes problems - a lack of money, and a thirst for mysteries.

      Once again, the police think this is a suicide case, and once again Sherlock basically brands them a bunch of bumbling nincompoops and searches to find the real truth here.

      In this episode we see Watson taking another job, one of our favourite characters finding a love interest, a hostage situation and even an advisor in the form of a graffiti artist. The action is non stop, relentless fun. I did find this episode a little more difficult to follow, but then I do have the attention span of a slightly impatient moth... As we were lead into the thrilling conclusion however, all became clear.

      During the episode a mysterious person by the name 'M' is alluded to... Looks like we have to wait for the final episode for this one!

      ~~~The Great Game~~~

      This is the final episode on the Series 1 DVD boxset.

      We're eased into this episode with some witty dialogue between Sherlock and a would-be client. I enjoyed this part particularly.

      Here someone appears to be challenging Sherlock. A great game in which he must solve mysterious cases in mere hours, but if he doesn't, will this game be quite so fun after all?

      In this instalment, we see more of morgue attendant Molly, Mycroft and we may even learn the identity of the mysterious 'M' - an episode full of M's, this one!

      The relationship between Sherlock and Watson is shown here, and it's clear that Sherlock underestimates his dear friend, who knows him better than he imagined.

      This one definitely got my heart pumping as Sherlock raced against the clock to solve the mysteries put in front of him. I had no hope of correctly guessing any of them, but watching the sheer genius of the answers as they unfold was brilliant, as was the unexpected climax. The episode ends on a startling cliffhanger, leaving its fans clamouring for Series 2. Good work!

      ~~~Special Features~~~

      * Episode 1 commentary featuring Mark Gatiss, Stephen Moffat and Sue Vertue
      * Episode 3 commentary featuring Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Mark Gatiss
      * Exclusive Pilot Episode - Sherlock: A Study in Pink
      *Unlocking Sherlock - the making of

      A Study in Pink was originally filmed as a normal 60 minute episode, but soon after the writers decided they preferred to go with the unusual format of three 90 minutes episode per series and so the episode was re-written and re-filmed. The original pilot episode is shown here and it's well worth a watch. Personally I liked the 90 minute episode better, but the pilot was very enjoyable too.

      When it comes to feature length films, I tend to find watching 'the making of' feature spoils the magic for me. However with TV series', these just add a lot of detail to the programme. For Doctor Who fans who loved to watch the Doctor Who Confidentials, you'll love this special feature.

      This is a wonderful take on an old classic. Lovers of murder mysteries, and Science Fiction fans will both find themselves catered for here. I can't imagine many Doctor Who fans disliking this either! Truly wonderful, and very very British.

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        The latest BBC adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, this time for a new generation...

        Sherlock - BBC Drama Series

        Introduction

        Although I've always been quite partial to an intricate murder mystery and love a good crime drama I've never been that fond of Sherlock Holmes as a character and even though I read a few of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novels in my younger days they never held the same appeal as a Poirot or Miss Marple story to me. I avoided Guy Ritchie's re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes when he recently made a new film based on the character and bypassed the BBC1 drama series, Sherlock when it aired on the television last year. The second series of Sherlock has just finished on the BBC and again I didn't bother with it but did read a number of positive reviews of the series on-line and ended up wondering if I was missing out on something that I should see, everyone was saying how great it was and that it was 'must-see tv' and in the end I decided to check it out for myself so I headed off to amazon and bought series 1 just to see what the fuss was all about...

        Sherlock Holmes Then

        I'm sure the majority of readers of this review will know the character of Sherlock Holmes even if they've never read any of Doyle's novels or watched any of the dozens of film adaptations of his work. He's one of the most well-known figures in crime fiction and is usually depicted as being a pipe-smoking, deer-stalker-hat wearing, violin playing detective genius with a penchant for saying "Elementary my dear Watson" to his long-suffering assistant after single-handedly solving seemingly impossible mysteries that baffled various police officers. As a character I couldn't stand Sherlock Holmes I must admit, I found him to be far too annoying and a little too self-absorbed to be someone I could relate to and found the few books I read to be tedious and much preferred the works of Agatha Christie over Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I was aware that Doctor Who's showrunner, Stephen Moffatt had resurrected the character for this brand new BBC drama series and instead of just re-treading old ground and doing yet another adaptation of the books he was updating the characters of Holmes and Watson and setting them in present times complete with all the technology available in the 21st Century, so what's Holmes like now?

        Sherlock Holmes Now

        Whilst Holmes might have lost his pipe in this new incarnation and no longer wears a deer-stalker hat the 21st Century version of the character adapted by Stephen Moffat retains all of the egotistical and genius qualities that Holmes is renowned for. Brilliantly portrayed by the quirky and wonderfully named Benedict Cumberbatch and teamed up with the ever-reliable Martin Freeman as Dr John Watson the pair are introduced to us in the first episode of series 1 and we soon get to find how Sherlock and Holmes have been updated for living in a modern day setting. Cumberbatch plays the character with flair and style, Sherlock is quick-witted, obviously super-intelligent and amusingly has very little patience with those around him, he doesn't waste his time with fools and assumes that everyone around him is less intelligent than he is and are therefore undeserving of his attention. In his self-created role as 'consulatant detective' to the police we learn that he is begrudgingly called upon to help out when something needs investigating as he has the uncanny ability to make connections that others miss and whilst they don't particularly like him as he is spectacularly dismissive and rude to those around him they acknowledge that his genius is always beneficial to them and his knack for solving the seemingly impossible helps them out of many a sticky situation.

        Similar I suppose to Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, Holmes is an annoyance to the police but sees things that others miss and whilst he never openly admits it you know that he loves the fact that he can outwit those around him and he relishes the opportunity to show off his skills to those who need them. We quickly learn in this series that not many people actually like Sherlock as a person and he is very much a loner but when he finds himself in need of a flatmate and someone to share the bills of every day living he is introduced to a former soldier and war doctor by the name of John Watson and surprisingly the pair strike up an unlikely friendship that is uncommon for Holmes. Watson sees the genius of Holmes on their first meeting and rather than being offended or annoyed by him he appreciates and recognises his brilliance, having been discharged from the army following an injury Watson is now at a loose end and misses the routine and excitement of army life, he is quickly thrust into the middle of an investigation that Holmes is involved in and he goes along for the ride whilst the pair find out more about one other. The first episode of series 1 acts a perfect introduction to both of the characters and we quickly learn all about them whilst also following Holmes and Watson as they investigate case that Holmes has been called upon to help out with.

        Series 1

        This series of Sherlock comprises 3 feature-length episodes each running for around 90 minutes and whilst much of the first episode deals with establishing the characters of Holmes and Watson and places them together there is still plenty of time to get involved in the investigation that the pair are following. As already mentioned I was never a fan of the original Sherlock Holmes mysteries but here they are presented in such a fashion that they should hold great appeal to the vast majority of viewers, by using everyday technology the characters seem a lot more relateable now and there are strands of humour throughout the episodes that make them fun and compelling to watch and any misgivings I had about the character of Sherlock himself were soon forgotten as I got deeper into the stories. They are exquisitely filmed, the BBC always put together some quality dramas and these are no exception. Given the fact that each of the stories in season 1 run for around 90 minutes they could easily be classified as films in their own right and reminded me of the ITV specials that air occasionally through the year. Because the characters of Holmes and Watson are set in today's world they have access to the latest technology and it's a very nice touch to see them interacting with emails, mobile phones and search engines on the internet, the 'stuffiness' that I always associated with Sherlock Holmes in the original stories somehow seems to translate better to a modern day environment and as mentioned I could relate a lot more to the characters here than I ever could before.

        I do think that being a fan of Doctor Who meant that I could see parallels in the lead characters of Holmes and the irreverent Time Lord, they are similar characters, both are geniuses in their own worlds and both share similar character traits, given that Stephen Moffatt is responsible for this re imagining of Sherlock and being Doctor Who's current showrunner I do think that he writes these sorts of characters well and they hold enough interest and quirkiness to be memorable for the right reasons. Watson reminded me of one of the Doctor's companions, shaken up and taken along for the ride whilst not quite knowing what he's about to encounter but enjoying the experience all the same and once again these 2 make for a great onscreen 'couple'. The mysteries encountered in series 1 are adapted from Doyle's original novels but have been updated by Moffatt and co-creator Mark Gattiss (who also has a strong connection with Doctor Who) and although I'm not familiar with many of the original stories myself I did find them to be complex and very well thought out and held my interest throughout each of the episodes. Holmes's arch-enemy Moriaty is mentioned in the early episodes and properly introduced in the third instalment so those who are familiar with the character will welcome his appearance and Andrew Scott who plays him does an excellent job in the role. The whole supporting cast are good and there are some nice cameo appearances from some well known faces.

        For something that I had very little interest in when it originally aired on the television I have well and truly become hooked on Sherlock now and after spending 4 hours and a half hours in the company of Holmes and Watson I couldn't wait to order the second series to see what happens next and have placed my order with amazon for the second series which has just been released on DVD.

        Blu Ray/DVD Extras

        I bought the Blu Ray edition of Sherlock from amazon where it was available for just £6.99, there are some extras included on the retail version of the series which include commentaries from Mark Gattiss, Stephen Moffatt and Sue Vertue (producer) on episode 1 and episode 3 features Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Mark Gattiss. There is an exclusive Pilot Epidsode - Sherlock - A study in Pink which is well worth watching and a behind the scenes, Making of Feature which again is worth seeing. All in all for the price I paid for the Blu Ray edition I thought it represented excellent value for money, the picture transfer is superb in High Definition and the sound is crystal clear. I wouldn't necessarily recommend the Blu Ray over the DVD edition as there's nothing extra included on the formats and if you have an upscaling DVD player and a HD television then spend the £4.99 the series is currently available for rather than buying the Blu Ray's, either way it's definitely worth purchasing as it truly is a brilliant series of films that are well worth watching.

        Conclusion

        I can definitely see what the fuss is all about with Sherlock and it's a case of "better late than never" as far as I'm concerned, I may be late to the show but it's been a revelation as far as I'm concerned and I can't wait for series 2 to be delivered.

        5 stars as a rating from me and definitely recommended. Thanks for reading my review.

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          25.01.2012 17:07
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          The BBC has a winner

          Star - Benedict Cumberbatch
          Episodes - Three
          Imdb.com - 9.1/10.0 (3,768 votes)
          Genre - TV Drama


          So what did happen at the end of series two? Well, as Dr Watson (Martin Freeman) was the only person who noticed Holmes up there on the ledge then we can presume he is the only person who has actually seen him, or, at least, a figure he believes is Holmes after a suggestive mobile phone conversation between the two was shared, the same and only conversation that suggests Moriarty was up there with Holmes. When the moped hits Watson on the street below it's the chance to make the switch up on the ledge. We also see Holmes ask his favourite pathologist for a big favour a few hours before. If Moriarty is up there then faking his own death is not difficult with a blood bag or two, considering what a cunning and brilliant criminal mind he is. And what was the screaming girl at the police station all about, some mind bending suggesting skills there me thinks, the finger pointed to the forehead the clue. What we do know is there is a series three and there was always going to be, Cumberbatch, the rather strange looking chap who plays Holmes, of course, commenting before the series started over the new year that he felt he was getting typecast in the role and would like a rest, perhaps comments made to heighten the possibility that this was his last series and so makes us feel like it was the end..


          It's an oddity with the worlds most famous detective that the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle families rights to the detective have lapsed and so pretty much anyone can make films and TV series about him, and I what ever style they like, he a she if they like, a twist I have yet to rule out for series three. The estate has some control and profit from but not as much as they would like, royalties a rarity. I think that's why the BBC was allowed such license with Holmes and avoided copyright by not having the deerstalker and pipe.

          The original stories covered a period between 1891-1927 and so the latest TV series cleverly updated to the preset day to earn an audience, a delicious element of surrealism to proceedings, Holmes pipe replaced by nicotine patches and no sign of the deerstalker, as yet. Interestingly, Matt Smith, the current Dr Who, auditioned to play Sherlock for Mark Gattis and Moffat and was cast as the new Doctor Who soon after.

          Moffat is the head writer here alongside Gattis (League of Gentleman) and, as ever, insists on giving his main TV drama characters more than a hint of homosexuality, as he did with his last two doctors, presumably because Stephen is openly gay and so writes what he knows, his ego stamp on things, so to speak, the series first episode, rather cheekily, called 'A Study in Pink'. At times his work does become a bit of a gay fantasy and so slightly irritating. Who can forgive him for introducing Captain Jack and the ghastly John Barrowman to Dr Who! At least Christopher Ecclestone would have none of that nonsense. Nothing against sexual ambiguity in the two shows but is it really needed? If Moffat wrote the next Bond film would Daniel Craig be chatting up Felix in tight leather trousers and a tiny white T-Shirt we wonder? The latest Guy Ritchie films tried to pull back Holmes sexuality the other way with Rob Downey Junior's action hero, but ended up just as camp as ever alongside Jude Law. Two lead men on screen who live out of each others pockets and develop a friendship of sorts just seems to have that camp effect on the viewer because we are not used to it. I read somewhere that Morecombe and Wise told series writer Eddie Braeburn that they were terrified of doing a sketch in bed together because they thought the viewers would turn on them. But it was not the case and it was just Eric and Ernie in a bed doing a gag because there is nothing overtly gay about them and so all very non ambiguous and innocent.

          I think series two was somewhat silly in places and the writers are showing off now and needs a rest. I appreciate he has to adhere to the original work as best he can and move the classic tales like Hound of the Baskervilles to the modern day setting but there are one too many holes in the plot now and too many two-dimensional characters in the episodes to react and contest his often preposterous logic skills to compensate. Series one, on the other hand, was really rather good, clever and well written TV that bought an old audience back to an extremely 'dumbed' down BBC1 of late. Very few BBC TV shows get 9.1 on the Imdb.com movie base. Shows like Hustle and Spooks tried hard to push things in the right cerebral direction on the drama front but it always felt like the writers had tried to write something smart but the BBC thought police ran the red line through the best bits to draw a bigger audience. I just struggle to enjoy mainstream TV drama anymore unless Christopher Ecclestone is in it and so Sherlock was very very welcome. Let's hope they can turn it back around in the next series, the Olympics and the riots offering one or two fun plot lines to be had.

          Over 80 actors have played Sherlock, Basil Rathbone the most famous, John Cleese, Peter Cook and Roger Moore the most unlikely, Leonard Nimoy getting the sacred deerstalker truly bizarre.


          ----Cast----

          Benedict Cumberbatch ... Sherlock Holmes (7 episodes, 2010-2012)
          Martin Freeman ... Dr. John Watson (7 episodes, 2010-2012)
          Una Stubbs ... Mrs. Hudson (7 episodes, 2010-2012)
          Rupert Graves ... DI Lestrade (6 episodes, 2010-2012)
          Loo Brealey ... Molly Hooper (6 episodes, 2010-2012)
          Mark Gatiss ... Mycroft Holmes (5 episodes, 2010-2012)
          Andrew Scott ... Jim Moriarty (4 episodes, 2010-2012)
          Vinette Robinson ... Sgt Sally Donovan (3 episodes, 2010-2012)
          Tanya Moodie ... Ella (3 episodes, 2010-2012)


          --- Series One Episodes ---

          -Study in Pink-

          A series of people appear to have committed suicide by taking a poisonous pill. The police turn to their 'unofficial' consultant Sherlock Holmes for a pointer or two, who deduces it's the work of a serial killer. In this opening episode Sherlock Holmes is introduced to John Watson, a former soldier, and the pair immediately move into a flat in Baker Street together, as you do. Watson cautiously gets to know and trust Holmes despite a police officer warning him that Holmes is probably a psychopath and will kill one day, possibly you in your sleep mate. Sherlock's MI5 brother Mycroft (Mark Gattis), at first not revealing his family identity to Watson, kidnaps him and asks whether he'll spy on Holmes for cash, but Watson refusing; none of this aiding the investigation but introducing another dimension to the story.


          -The Blind Banker-

          After a mysterious break-in at a bank in the City of London, Holmes is hired by an old friend to investigate. He discovers that symbols spray-painted onto an office wall are a coded message intended for an employee of the bank, who later turns up dead. The next day, a journalist is killed and the same symbols are found nearby. On the trail, Holmes and Watson link the killings to a Chinese smuggling ring, who are trying to retrieve a valuable item that one of the victims stole. Holmes eventually cracks the coded message, but not before Watson and a female friend are kidnapped by the criminals.

          -The Great game-

          Holmes is commissioned by Mycroft to investigate the suspicious death of a government employee who was working on a top-secret defense project. After rejecting the case and dumping it on Watson, Holmes begins to be taunted by a criminal who likes putting his victims into suicide bomber vests and gives Holmes deadlines to solve the seemingly unrelated cases, including a cold case involving the shoes of a drowned boy from twenty years ago, the disappearance of a businessman, the death of a TV personality and the murder of an art gallery guard at the hands of an assassin, the fearsome Golem.


          ---Results---

          With the finesse of Spooks and the writing of Moffat in the mix there is no doubt Sherlock is the best drama on the BBC for many a year, a show that actually makes you want to watch the channel, the channel that brings us the moronic One Show, long since losing any remnants of its intelligent audience thereafter, their programming clearly aimed at workers relaxing after a hard days work, the type of workers who have to wear a name tag at work to remember why they are there, what intelligent programming left on the BBC forced into digital exile on BBC4. Patronizing is the word I was looking for.

          The scripts in series one are fabulous, Holmes reasoning skills with the little graphics a revelation. Such is Cumberbatch's command of the show I don't think it would work without his charismatic and powerful performance, the clever script demanding that. Think Robson Greene doing Sherlock and you can imagine the car wreck with that script. I must admit I am not convinced by Freeman's casting as Dr Watson though, a deliberately lightweight character put in place to amplify Cumberbatch's presence by the looks. I'm pretty sure Watson was far more significant in the book. Una Stubbs as the landlady is great fun and good to see her back. Andrew Scott, the chap who plays Moriarty, just seems a little short to go up against the towering Cumberbatch, Freeman coming in a whole six inches shorter than Holmes. If Cumberbatch wants to dump this stereotype he will have to work hard with some different projects, but well capable of as he was brilliant as Stephen Hawking in 2007.

          If you haven't seen the show and feel the same about TV drama as me then this is one of very few shows you need to see. Series one is on the Iplayer and DVD and so a great gift to get for yourself one day soon. The mysteries are indeed mysterious and you get to try and work them out with Holmes during the show and the smarter ones will grasp the clues. I also like the way he deduces the logic about people, events and evidence that seems to work quite well in real life. The older we get the better we are at judging people and so a sly smile or two is raised here as we recognise those stereotypes. My one critic is it won't tackle tough sensitive issue like race and gender in a capital city that's very multicultural and likes to play too safe, all his cases seem to be white middle-class people in their white-collar world.

          Sherlock is quite simply the best TV drama since Christopher Ecclestone came back as a Manc Jesus on ITV and you would be a fool to miss it. Its out on DVD and cheap in the sales.

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            Absolutely stunning TV series - Sherlock Holmes brought forward into the modern day. A must for all!

            I was lucky enough to get season one of Sherlock on DVD recently, despite never showing any interest in the BBC adaptation. I really loved reading the Sherlock Holmes stories and I'd enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes film starring Robert Downey Jr. (2009), so I'm not quite sure why I didn't give the tv series a try.

            Anyway, I started off watching episode 2 from the first season since my friends had seen the first episode already and I was blown away by the quality. The camera work was superb - each episode is like a film that I would be happy to pay and watch at a cinema. The writers&crew had done a marvellous job of updating Sherlock Holmes for the modern day from the clothes that he wears that capture his style perfectly, to how Watson blogs all of the mysteries that Holmes solves on the internet...thereby earning him a loyal following and making him more and more popular amongst the public. I liked how each episode was also pretty much self contained - despite not watching the episodes in order (2,1,3), I really enjoyed them and at no point felt that it would have been better to watch them in order.

            I thought all the actors were amazing, there wasn't an actor that I didn't like in this season. My favourite, of course, is Benedict Cumberbach who plays the lead character. His unusual features made him even more suited to playing such a difficult character. Holmes is a very quick thinker who only needs to take a few glances to learn important facts about anybody that he comes across - this was captured really well with the perfect voice for Holmes too. The famous Moriaty also makes an appearance in this season, and I don't think they could have picked a better actor for his role either. Andrew Scott, with his lovely Irish accent, captures the eccentricity of Moriaty perfectly - he's unpredictable, funny and even creepy at the same time. (Based on Sherlock, I watched Benedict Cumberbach in 'Hawking' where he stars as the main character, Stephen Hawking. This might not be to everyone's taste, but I enjoyed it very much and again thought he did a great job.)

            Aside from all the action that you would expect, I also found this series to be very funny. Holmes is a naturally socially awkward character, but one who will take a stand for himself when attacked. This makes way for many funny encounters with him and members of the police for example. The interplay between him and Watson is also hilarious at times, for instance quite a number of times other minor characters have misinterpreted the Holmes-Watson relationship as being more than just platonic.

            I'm a huge fan of good film/tv scores and was very pleased with the music they had selected for Sherlock. For those that are interested, the original television soundtrack for Sherlock Season 1 will be out 30th January 2012! This will feature 19 tracks!

            The DVD itself features the three episodes from the first season: A Study in Pink, The Blind Banker, and The Great Game. As well as this there is the unaired pilot episode (I've yet to see this so I won't comment) as well as some audio commentaries and a behind the scenes episode (I've yet to see this too!) I started watching one of the audio commentaries, which is basically an episode playing but with audio featuring the creators of Sherlock discussing various things such as how this project started between them.

            If you love action and have 90 minutes to spare, please try watching one episode - any one of them! I recommend these episodes to anybody. Personally I think they're even better than the Sherlock Holmes film released in 2009 (I've yet to see the second film.)

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