Last week I went to ITV to watch a screening of Arthur & George – the network’s three-part adaptation of Julian Barnes’s best-selling novel. I haven’t read the book, but I was aware of the premise – in the wake of his wife’s death, Sherlock creator Arthur Conan Doyle takes on a case of his own, that of a young Indian/British man who’s out to clear his name after he was, he contends, wrongfully imprisoned for a spate of horse slayings in an Edwardian-era Black Country village. With obvious Sherlock connections, it’s sure to be a primetime hit. But what was it like?
Right, we back on track and safely aligned to the correct transmission dates and the like. And with this week’s episode we have to ask ourselves: Are drugs bad for you? Well, they certainly are in this case, one in which Sherlock tackles a talking car alarm and the deadly threat of boredom. Sherlock has been trying to avoid going to sobriety meetings; he explains to Watson that it’s the sheer monotony of their repetitive nature that drives him away. He’s afraid that using drugs again will merely be a response to boredom. He’s happy when he has a problem to solve, but the question of sobriety requires constant attention for very little reward, like a leaking tap.
We’re back with Elementary after a short break for Christmas (and New Year, and January) and we join the action as Sherlock’s sobriety is challenged when a fellow addict starts posting his thoughts on a website called BrainAttic, so he’s distracted from the killing of a policeman whose gun turned out to be a toy. NB. This is last week’s episode, and late going up because the editor’s been on a break