BBC recently produced ‘Sherlock‘ a three part mini-series based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective character Sherlock Holmes but set in modern times and not the 19th century. The mini-series stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson. The three 90 minutes episode were shown on British Television in August 2010.
This Sherlock Holmes is set in today’s world and Sherlock Holmes not only uses his extraordinary powers of deduction but also uses mobile phones, text messages and GPS signals to solve the mysteries and he also has a website. He has kept some of the things oddly similar to the great writers novel though including the address where Sherlock Holmes lives, 221 B Baker Street.
In the first episode, “A Study in Pink“, along with Dr. Watson, Sherlock Holmes solves the mysterious case of the Serial Murderer forcing his victims to commit a suicide.
The 2nd episode titled “Blind Banker” deals with murders happening in different parts of London where the killer leaves cryptic symbols similar to ancient Chinese script. The interaction between Watson and Holmes is quite wonderfully enhanced here.
In the 3rd and final episode of this season titles “The Great Game” Holmes solves more than one cryptic murder cases in game guided by a bomber only to be outsmarted by the ultimate arch-enemy Proffessor Moriarty in the end. The end leaves you hanging and wanting for more. The 3rd part shows the brilliant side of Holmes as he solves one case after the other in quick time. The camaraderie between Holmes and Watson with the slight hint of gay undertones is again wonderfully shown.
The series is brilliantly shot with great production values and great casting. Benedict Cumberbatch not only looks the part of Sherlock Holmes but have to admit that even surpasses Robert Downy Jr.’s portrayal in the movie version of Sherlock Holmes. Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson is fantastic as well.
This television series is one of the best written, acted and directed in recent times. The three episodes this season have not satiated the users and thankfully BBC have green-flagged another 3 episodes to be released next year.
My Ratings : 9.5/10 – Catch it on DVD or Online Streaming Sites, TODAY !!