Tuesday, October 26, 2010


I have been very impressed with the new version of Sherlock Holmes that has been showing on Channel Nine (BBC One "Sherlock"). I caught only the last one on the telly on Sunday night, and have watched the first episode on the catchup channel on the internet.

A review in The Sunday Age accurately called Benedict Cumberbatch's portrayal of the title role as Holmes a mixture of Hornblower, Dr Who and House. He is a thoroughly interesting and engaging character. Martin Freeman does an excellent Dr Watson. The relationship between the two is filled with good humour and warmth - odd given how cold Holmes is supposed to be.

Clearly this series owes something to the recent Sherlock Holmes film - many of the usual cliches such as the deerstalker are abandoned, and the theme music is very similar - but they go one step further in placing Holmes in modern day London rather than in Victorian England. This has been done before, of course. The Basil Rathbone series was in a contemporary (1930's) setting, if I remember correctly.

A striking feature of the modern Sherlock is his use of the modern mobile phone to instantly access data from the internet. He also texts. He doesn't smoke - but clearly he once did as he is using nicotine patches to overcome his addiction and help him think. The drugs are there too (somewhere), and he has a go (unsuccessful) at boxing in the third episode. Mrs Hudson, 221B Baker Street, even the Irregulars are all there in an updated manner.

Really this is very good television.


At Wednesday, October 27, 2010 12:22:00 am , Anonymous Joshua said...

I must admit I really liked it - but found the cliffhanger ending quite irritating.

At Wednesday, October 27, 2010 4:18:00 am , Anonymous matthias said...

Tell me did they get the dreaded Moriarty in the end on sunday night??

At Wednesday, October 27, 2010 9:02:00 am , Anonymous Paul G said...

All I'm prepared to say is that they didn't go over a waterfall.

At Wednesday, October 27, 2010 9:06:00 am , Anonymous Matthias said...

Good . Is this going to be a series or a continuing mini series ?? and like you Schutz i thought it was dr Who and House in detective garb

At Wednesday, October 27, 2010 9:31:00 am , Anonymous Schütz said...

Apparently, there are another three episodes due next year. Can't wait. But then we have been waiting for the rest of the Hornblower series since forever... Still, Dr Who continues..

At Wednesday, October 27, 2010 9:32:00 am , Anonymous Schütz said...

I haven't been watching Luther, would you believe. Not such a "Lutheran" after all, perhaps!

At Wednesday, October 27, 2010 10:54:00 am , Anonymous Peter Golding said...

It's not a bad show,but it not as good as Taggart.

At Saturday, October 30, 2010 1:07:00 am , Anonymous Ben Cooper said...

Just saying a little hello, David, and also that there's another one out there who agrees with you on this matter. =) I found the recent film from late last year to be better than I anticipated and even the supernatural elements, I must admit, offer a touch of Doyle to the big screen. Then, when I saw the TV previews for this series I was also a bit iffy, but it turns out that it's actually pretty good. Hence you can imagine me drooling in readiness for the sequel of the film next year, and it's nice to know that they're doing another lot of the TV series too. (BTW - the font of the TV series logo looked all too similar to the film too!)

I think the trick is to compare it to Doyle's original characters, and not Jeremy Brett's perfect portryal.

At Saturday, October 30, 2010 1:09:00 am , Anonymous Ben Cooper said...

Oh by the way, I wonder why on earth the Pirates of the Caribbean theme music is used for this trailer!


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