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In the wake of Guy Ritchie's reimagining, the BBC puts its own stamp on Arthur Conan Doyle's sleuth--and sets him in a London filled with cell phones and laptops. In the pilot, director Paul McGuigan (a keen visual stylist) introduces Sherlock Holmes (Atonement's Benedict Cumberbatch) as a "high-functioning sociopath" and Dr. John Watson (The Office's Martin Freeman) as an army veteran with posttraumatic stress disorder. Through a mutual friend, the two become flatmates at 221B Baker Street (Una Stubbs plays their landlady). Holmes, who consults with Scotland Yard inspector Lestrade (Rupert Graves) on his trickier cases, drafts Watson to assist him.

In "Study in Pink," four people commit suicide by poison. When Holmes sets out to establish a link, he falls right into the culprit's clutches. Other cases concern a smuggling operation ("The Blind Banker") and a mad bomber ("The Great Game"). Though he doesn't make a formal entrance until episode 3, Sherlock's archenemy, Moriarty (Andrew Scott), has a hand in each mystery, while the detective's brother, Mycroft (cocreator Mark Gatiss), first appears when he tries to hire Watson as a spy, an offer the good doctor refuses. Through his job at a medical office, Watson also meets Sarah (Zoe Telford), who becomes his girlfriend.

Part of the fun of Jeremy Brett's Holmes (and Agatha Christie's Poirot) came from the period details, so this update takes a little getting used to--as does the occasional mumbled line--but Cumberbatch and Freeman share an enjoyable Odd Couple rapport, marked by flashes of deadpan wit, which compensates for the absence of deerstalker caps (Holmes favors scarves) and journals (Watson maintains a website). Extras include commentary on the finale, the original pilot, and a featurette, in which cocreator Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) notes that Cumberbatch was his only choice for the title role. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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CastBenedict Cumberbatch, Rupert Graves, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Loo Brealey
DirectorPaul McGuigan, Euros Lyn
Screen WriterMark Gatiss, Arthur Conan Doyle, Steve Thompson, Steven Moffat
DVD Release Date:  November 9, 2010
Runtime:  461 minutes
Studio:  BBC Warner
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Quick Tip by . January 04, 2012
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I'm jonzin so bad for more episodes I'm almost willing to hit myself in the head enough to forget the first three. The real reason I don't isn't that I'm afraid I'll mess up, I'm afraid I would wind up watching Never Let Me Go again and get all mad and confused all over again.
Quick Tip by . January 04, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
I'm jonzin so bad for more episodes I'm almost willing to hit myself in the head enough to forget the first three. The real reason I don't isn't that I'm afraid I'll mess up, I'm afraid I would wind up watching Never Let Me Go again and get all ,ad and confused all over agin
review by . October 26, 2010
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It is clear that the authors of this series and the actors who act it out want to show Holmes in a strange light, but despite this, or perhaps because of it, the films are interesting and worth watching.     For example, in the first film, there are several references to Holmes being homosexual - for instance, his landlady suggests that he and Watson may not need a second bed, and Holmes seems, but it is unclear, to deny it. There is nothing wrong with he being homosexual, but …
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