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BBC Sherlock - It's Elementary My Dear!

Updated on December 28, 2015
BBC's Sherlock Holmes
BBC's Sherlock Holmes | Source

I don't know quite how but I missed the first two series of the BBC's Sherlock but I did. I didn't even know they'd made a modern Sherlock!

And even more incredibly I almost missed the latest one too! If it were not for my son's friend who gave him them on DVD to watch during his Christmas holiday. To be honest I didn't like the look of it at first.

I know you can't judge a book by it's cover, but I didn't realize that the same applies to TV programs! I just didn't like the look of the modern Sherlock not at all.

However, I sat one cold winter's evening with my son and husband and dared the BBC to entertain us.

And boy did it entertain us!! It was so good that we watched one episode each evening, and by the end of the first we were totally hooked. In fact, we were so hooked that one night we actually watched two episodes!

So this program comes very highly recommended.

NB Watch the series in order they do not stand alone -without series one and two -three will be utterly confusing.

Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes | Source

The backdrop is the center of London and its famous buildings, red buses and black cabs. In fact, the city is as important to the stories and the characters as the crimes they solve.

The BBC have excelled in showing off London - it is evocative and almost takes on a character of its own.

I was born in London and that is where we live so, I would be the first to say that it's one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in Europe, and funnily enough I was actually walking down Baker Street a couple of weeks ago!

There is a bronze statue near the site of this fictional character's home 221B Baker Street, it stands outside Baker Street underground station.

The programs are based on the original stories of Conan Doyle, but being set in the present day the plot lines have been given an exciting modern makeover.

The character of Holmes is just the same however. He still amazes everyone around him with his astounding powers of observation and deduction. He still exudes contempt for the plodding dullards of the police force, and enjoys using Watson's ordinary mind as a foil for his own dazzling mind play.

This is all done with a dry humor that contrasts well with moments of intense excitement, and makes it an entertaining and constantly surprising tour de force.

Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. The directing is imaginative and the editing tight.There are some extremely disturbing scenes, of opium dens and suicide, but they are not dwelt upon - they come and go - and we always feel safe in the knowledge that Sherlock will surely figure everything out in the end.

This work has been nominated for many awards such BAFTAs, Emmys, and Golden Globes.

The characters are incredibly believable and the acting is excellent. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Doctor John Watson. Andrew Scott plays Jim Moriarty. Steven Moffat said,

"We knew what we wanted to do with Moriarty from the very beginning. Moriarty is usually a rather dull, rather posh villain so we thought someone who was genuinely properly frightening. Someone who's an absolute psycho."

I must say that Scott is utterly convincing in this role!!

I have never read the original stories and my husband has read them all, yet we enjoyed the new TV version equally. What do we conclude from that? Why it is elementary my dear reader. These are not only for established Holmes fans, but they are for everyone who enjoys an intelligent drama.

I cannot recommend them highly enough.

Watching the whole series over a such short period of time really showed how well thought out Sherlock is. It is a serious attempt at making everyone wish they to had this suarve guy living up the road helping them solve all their problems!

I am most grateful to my son's friend because without his recommendation we would have completely missed this whole thing. It would have been like completely missing Doctor Who - unthinkable!

Have you watched all three episodes? Who is your favorite character? Holmes, Watson or Moriarty? Please leave a comment. Thanks very much indeed for your visit.

© 2014 Giovanna Sanguinetti


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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      @Gypzeerose: Brilliant - you won't regret it! Thanks for the pins - I really do appreciate it. Let me know what you think of it. Thanks for your visit.

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      You've got me hooked - this detective show is on my must watch listed. Pinned to both my Great Britain board and Detective board.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from Perth UK

      @Fiorenza: why did you think it was too long, or confusing - or just plain silly? I thought it was a bit long, a good idea that they flogged almost to death. I love the show too -it is the BBC at its best -but sometimes I felt as though I was in the presence of Doctor Who - they have to watch that! Love to hear why you didn't like the speech.

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      Fiorenza 4 years ago from UK

      I love the show though I wasn't too keen on the best man speech scene in the wedding episode. However, the other series 3 episodes are OK.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from Perth UK

      @Zeross4: It really is. Not for children though -far from it! Thanks for your visit.

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      Renee Dixon 4 years ago from Kentucky

      sounds like a great series will have to check it out!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from Perth UK

      @lesliesinclair: I think I should have mentioned that it was rather violent and some scenes were hard to watch. We had to cover my son's eyes! But they didn't dwell on things too much. The BBC knows how to balance these things. I was a bit surprised to see that the DVD was rated at only 12 though.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from Perth UK

      @takkhisa: That's what happened to me - I didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I did. Thanks for your visit.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from Perth UK

      @SheGetsCreative: I agree with you both were very good and they worked well together. It's rather strange discovering something that others have known about for so long! Thanks for your visit and comment.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      I haven't watched it but value your recommendation, even if you are superlatively captivated by it!

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      I love this series very much. Though at first I thought I would not like this but after watching an episode I was more interested watching the next one. Thanks for sharing :)

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Watson and Holmes run neck and neck as far as favorites for me, and I too discovered the show over the holidays. It's really quite good!