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A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.
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 Sherlock Holmes (15 episodes, 2010-2017)
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 Dr. John Watson (15 episodes, 2010-2017)
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 Mrs. Hudson (14 episodes, 2010-2017)
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 DI Lestrade (14 episodes, 2010-2017)
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 Molly Hooper (13 episodes, 2010-2017)
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 Mycroft Holmes (12 episodes, 2010-2017)
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 Jim Moriarty / ... (9 episodes, 2010-2017)
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 Mary Watson / ... (7 episodes, 2014-2017)
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 Anderson (7 episodes, 2010-2016)
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In this modernized version of the Conan Doyle characters, using his detective plots, Sherlock Holmes lives in early 21st century London and acts more cocky towards Scotland Yard's detective inspector Lestrade because he's actually less confident. Doctor Watson is now a fairly young veteran of the Afghan war, less adoring and more active. Written by KGF Vissers

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The world's favourite detective has emerged from the fog...this is Sherlock for a new generation. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Many of the crew in Sherlock (2010) are related. Sherlock's parents are actually actor Benedict Cumberbatch's parents, Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton; Amanda Abbington (Mary Morstan) and Martin Freeman (John Watson) were real-life partners; Producer Sue Vertue is writer Steven Moffat's wife, and co-producer and writer Beryl Vertue is his mother-in-law; Writer Mark Gatiss' husband is the barrister in Sherlock: The Reichenbach Fall (2012); Steven Moffat's son plays Sherlock Holmes as a child in a few episodes. See more »

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Throughout the works of Conan Doyle, and the writers who have translated his works for other media, Sherlock Holmes is shown as using "deductive logic." Deductive logic reasons from the general to the particular. The bare-bones deductive argument is the syllogism "All men are mortal; Socrates is a man; therefore, Socrates is a mortal." It's amazing how often people screw this up and argue something like, "All men are mortal; Socrates is mortal; therefore, Socrates is a man," which doesn't logically follow. That would be like saying, "All men are mortal; my kid's hamster is mortal; therefore, my kid's hamster is a man." Inductive logic reasons from particular instances to general theories and is the method used to confirm scientific theories. If you observe enough apples falling from trees, you will conclude that apples always fall down, instead of up or sideways. You might then form a more general hypothesis that includes other falling bodies, like pears. Thus is the progress of science. In the annals of literature, no character is as renowned for his powers of "deduction" as the intrepid Sherlock Holmes, but the way Holmes operates is not generally by using deductive logic at all. He really uses abductive logic. First, he carefully observes the situation, then he generalizes from his prior experience, using analogy and probability. See more »

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Sherlock Holmes: The game is on.
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In the American (PBS Masterpiece Mystery) broadcasts of this series, certain letters in the closing titles are highlighted red. These letters spell out a word that somehow relates to the episode. These highlighted letters don't occur in the closing credits of the original airings of the series (on BBC) though. See more »

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Perfect fit of writers to material
26 July 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Once again this proves that the BBC Licence Fee is one of the finest ideas this country as ever had.

Moffat's sharp dialogue and subtle character development sit excellently alongside Gattis natural flair for the uncanny and his talent for mystery stories; so evident in his novels as well as his League of Gentlemen work.

The modernisation works artfully, showing that the challenges Holmes faced were not merely a question of his better scientific method keeping him ahead of the police. Watson benefit even more from the modern setting, the circular nature of history making his recent experiences in Afghanistan even more relevant than they can seem in the novels.

The cinematography and editing was excellent (a feature that was much improved in the recent series of Doctor Who), the display of text messages stylish and deceptively simple.

All in all this was a triumph for the BBC, and showed the benefit of their nurturing of talents such as Moffat and Gattis over the past decade.


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