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The Genius Behind BBC's Sherlock Television Series

Updated on July 5, 2016

The Genius Behind the Genius

"The Game" was on starting in 2010 when season 1, episode 1 of BBC's Sherlock aired. The show has been loved since the very 1st episode, A Study in Pink, which was adapted from the original Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet. Season one was rated 100% by Rotten Tomatoes and was widely accepted by Sherlock Holmes fans.


In the show we see a modern-day version of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson and their amazing adventures together. This television series adapts the books written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. These books were set in the 1800's. The struggle of Sherlock was that everything had to become 2010 instead of 1800. The writers of the show stayed true to the main focus and qualities of Doyle's books but added a fantastic and well done modern twist. Sherlock is much more arrogant and selfish in the series but still the very lovable character that we all know from the original stories. Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, the creators of the show, nailed the challenge of modernizing Sherlock Holmes. But then they had a new challenge, to put Sherlock back in time.


Mark Gatiss, co-creator of Sherlock, said, "It's been a very interesting exercise in reverse engineering because all the things we had to do originally to make the Victorian 21st century, we've had to retrofit now to go backwards." Special episode, The Abominable Bride, aired on the first day of 2016. In this episode Sherlock puts himself back in time while he is high on cocaine to see how he could have solved a case similar to Moriarty's (his arch enemy) death. It gave die hard Sherlock Holmes fans a chance to see some events that occurred in the books on their television screen. It had all the classic elements. The famous Sherlock hat, pipe, and inverness cape. It also showed the classic waterfall fight between Sherlock and James Moriarty. The Abominable Bride was rated 81% by Rotten Tomatoes. Once again, Moffat and Gatiss nailed the version of Sherlock Holmes that they sought after.


In the Sherlock Holmes story, The Adventure of The Dancing Men, he said, ‘What one man can invent, another can discover.’ The invention by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was discovered by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat and turned into a successful, well made, and loved television series. Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat are the true geniuses behind their ultimate, fictional genius, modern Sherlock Holmes.

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