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.
Here we go then. It’s the week before Christmas, and there are treats to be had while you much on your mince pies and swig on your sherry. Not least an absolutely gorgeous new version of Agatha Christie’s And The There Were None, a new Dickens-theme drama with murder at its heart and the series finales of Fargo and Luther. Merry Christmas!
It’s anther big week in the crime drama arena, with established series rumbling on but also a few gems on radio and in daytime – The Doctor Blake Mysteries is well worth a watch (at least in iPlayer if you’re at work) for 1950s, period crime drama fun from Australia. And yes, that is Craig McLachlan of Neighbours fame.
Here we go then. Another week into the dark recesses of the televisual world with more new episodes of things like The Bridge, Fargo, Elementary and The Frankenstein – all crime drama out of the top drawer. We also have something new – quite possibly one of the daftest, more high concept dramas we’ve ever seen!
It’s a big week for crime drama fans, and Scandinavian crime drama fans in particular, because one of the most highly anticipated series since the second run of Broadchurch finally looms into view. Yes, that means Saga Norén is back, but no Martin. Blub. Still, it’s great to have The Bridge back with us, with Saga getting stuck into another case. Elsewhere, River comes to an end and the US version of Sherlock – Elementary – is back for a fourth series.
So, we come to the end of a season in which the most dramatic plot-lines have been devoted not to Holmes, but to his detective protégés Joan Watson and Kitty Winter. In Controlled Descent, the spotlight is back on Sherlock; but will this mark his Reichenbach Falls moment, or some more metaphorical fall?
Someone on the Elementary writing team sure likes bees. From a single mention in the Conan Doyle canon of the retired Holmes taking up bee-keeping, Elementary’s Sherlock has developed an obsession with the pollinating pests that borders on the obsessive. So, we’re long overdue for this apicultural episode, in which colony collapse turns to murder.