Half a decade ago, there was much hullaballoo when US network CBS announced that it was going to broadcast its own version of Sherlock Holmes, starring British actor Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. How dare they? screamed many Holmes die-hards, especially as the announcement was coming (very) soon after the successful Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss reboot for the BBC. While the BBC version became a global success and a bit of an enigma, catapulting Benedict Cumberbatch to superstardom, the US version also proved its worth. If the BBC’s Sherlock is all bangs and whistles and narrative pyrotechnics, the US version – Elementary – resembles a long-running and often deeply satisfying police procedural. And now it has been renewed for a sixth series.
It seems people just can’t get enough of Sherlock Holmes. With countless incarnations of cinema and TV screen, and with Britain’s own Benedict Cumberbatch-starring behemoth having just finished (the US version, Elementary, is still going strong-ish), Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic character just keep on going. And going. And going. In fact, now it’s going to Scandinavia and the Nordic countries…
So who is Eurus? We may think we know the answer, but as this week’s episode delved into Sherlock’s murky childhood and even murkier psychology, we suspected that the truth will be even stranger than we had been led to imagine.
NB: Spoilers inside
The long-awaited return of Sherlock bears the burden of being required to explain unresolved matters from previous episodes before it can get on with its own concerns. Rapidly dealt with is the little matter of Sherlock being a murderer; the government (that is to say, Mycroft) is so worried that Moriarty may not be dead, that footage is faked to absolve Sherlock of the killing of Charles Augustus Magnussen. So, not even a pardon needed. Result!
NB: Spoilers abound
As well know, Sherlock is now a global phenomenon and its star, Benedict Cumberbatch, has been propelled into the stratosphere because of it. It’s a wonder that any of the main players have any time to do Sherlock these days, but it’s great that they do – it’s one of those real event TV moments. Anyway, on the eve of the new series, we managed to get hold of an interview with Benedict Cumberbatch, which you can read after the jump.
The roads we walk have demons hidden.
And yours have been waiting for a very long time.
And lo, it came to pass, that the great Sherlock machine whirred into life yesterday. It’s been a fantastically busy week for me this past seven days, so I’m behind on my reviews (Ängelby, The Missing). I’m doing a bit of catching up this morning, so I thought I’d put this out there: the first Sherlock trailer from series four, and a transmission date.
I’m just catching up with a few things after a weekend away, and one of the things I was keeping half an eye on was the Sherlock convention in London. Usually during these things some announcements are made, and, right on cue, the BBC announced some episode titles for the upcoming fourth series. Not enormo news, granted, but episode titles do have a habit of letting us know what the stories might be.