Sherlock: Season 1
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In "Study in Pink," four people commit suicide by poison. When Holmes sets out to establish a link, he falls right into the culprit's clutches. Other cases concern a smuggling operation ("The Blind Banker") and a mad bomber ("The Great Game"). Though he doesn't make a formal entrance until episode three, an infamous figure from Sherlock's future has a hand in each mystery, while the detective's brother, Mycroft (co-creator Mark Gatiss), first appears when he tries to hire Watson for a case of his own, an offer that gives the good doctor pause. Through his job at a medical office, Watson also meets Sarah (Zoe Telford), who becomes his girlfriend.
Part of the fun of Jeremy Brett's Holmes (and Agatha Christie's Poirot) came from the period details, so this update takes a little getting used to--as does the occasional mumbled line--but Cumberbatch and Freeman share an enjoyable Odd Couple rapport, marked by flashes of deadpan wit, which compensates for the absence of deerstalker caps (Holmes favors scarves) and journals (Watson maintains a website). Extras include commentary on the finale, the original pilot, and a featurette, in which cocreator Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) notes that Cumberbatch was his only choice for the title role. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Episode 3 Commentary featuring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Mark Gatiss
Exclusive Pilot Episode: Sherlock - A Study in Pink
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A New Sleuth for the 21st Century
In Sherlock Season One, the BBC presents a thrilling, contemporary twist on Arthur Conan Doyle's revered detective. Set in a London filled with cell phones and laptops, the new Sherlock Holmes is a high-functioning sociopath. His loyal companion, John Watson, is an army veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder. But the two still reside at 221 Baker Street, and somewhere out there, Moriarty is still waiting. Join Sherlock and Watson in this action-packed, modern-day mystery TV series as they navigate a maze of cryptic clues and lethal killers to uncover the truth.
The memory technique (mind palace) used by Sherlock is real, dating back to ancient Rome.
To prepare for his role of Holmes, Cumberbatch read every original Conan Doyle story.
The Molly Hooper character was not part of the original Sherlock Holmes series and was meant to be a one-time appearance. However, Moffat and the other producers liked Louise Brealy’s performance so much that they decided to make the character a recurring role.
In the original stories, Dr. Watson had also served in the military in Afghanistan.
The exteriors of 221 Baker Street are actually shot at 187 North Gower Street in London.
- From the creative minds of Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat
- Complex characters and plot twists will keep you guessing
- Features an award-winning cast and movie-quality production
- Three feature-length episodes, plus bonus material
- Available as a two-disc DVD or two-disc Blu-ray set
Meet the Cast
Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch)
As a consulting detective, the genius Holmes can solve even the most baffling mystery through shrewd observation and deductive reasoning.
John Watson (Martin Freeman)
A veteran who served as an Army medic, Watson is fascinated by Holmes and considers him brilliant, while others find him annoying.
Mrs. Hudson (Una Stubbs)
The landlady of 221 Baker Street, Mrs. Hudson fusses over her two tenants and keeps an eye on them in a motherly fashion. They return her affection.
D.I. Lestrade (Rupert Graves)
A detective inspector at Scotland Yard, Greg Lestrade often calls on Sherlock Holmes to assist in the Yard’s more difficult cases.
Top Customer Reviews
The writing is engaging, cheeky, smart and fast paced. It rolls current technology into the stream of consciousness. The looks of awe when Sherlock figures it out - and his amusement when he learns he's alone are priceless. The cinematography, costumes, lighting and use of text overlays to move the story along are well placed and impressive on their own.
But the intelligence of the show is its presumption in the interest of the watcher; therefore moving with alacrity, flexibility and certain undefinable element of charm missing from many US shows (the brilliant but cancelled Life with Damian Lewis excluded). I'm a US viewer lucky enough to have a friend in the UK - but this show should gain followers worldwide with the power to draw from the past literary works and latch onto the current to slingshot us into the future of TV - for thinking people.
Set in contemporary London, "Sherlock" modernizes three classic mysteries. Episode One is "A Study In Pink" and, by itself, it is an absolutely perfect film. The way the murder is introduced, the stellar screenplay, the ingenious play on familiar characters, the droll humor, the emotional resonance, and the technological innovation to update this tale all work in perfect harmony to create an unforgettable re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes. Episode Two, "The Blind Banker," is solid but inevitably pales in comparison to the brilliant opening. And Episode Three, "The Great Game," caps this trio expertly. Just when I thought I had things figured out, "The Great Game" packs a huge wallop--the cliffhanger, and indeed the last 20 minutes, provide one of the most diabolically clever games of cat-and-mouse that you're likely to encounter. Absolutely riveting--it'll leave you gasping and begging for more!
Benedict Cumberbatch turns in a star making portrayal as Holmes. Cumberbatch, with his unorthodox appearance, has always stood out for me--but this is easily his most memorable performance.Read more ›
It's not an easy task to move this concept into a modern day setting given the advances in forensic science since the stories were first published, but focusing on Holmes' acute intelligence, observation and deduction it still gives that sense of awe that makes you feel like you're waking around with your eyes shut.
Don't hesitate... buy or rent this today if you love Holmes!
- Inspector Lestrade: "I didn't say anything."
- Sherlock Holmes: "You were thinking. It's annoying."
A proud man is ex-Army doctor, John H. Watson. But he is neither so proud nor his finances so sound that he'd turn his nose up at the chance to share rent on a flat, even if the flat mate should be that most peculiar and aggravating person, Mr. Sherlock Holmes. John Watson is immediately struck with the eccentricity of Holmes, and with his brilliance. And lest those Holmesian afficianados throw a fit, we first meet the Great Detective harshly applying a riding crop to a corpse in an effort to discover lividity, so at least we're reassured that certain things remain the same. Holmes still conducts his nasty experiments. Lean and saturnine, he is still very much the detached thinking machine, still the cold fish, except that, striding thru modern-age London as he does, some people assume he's a bit of a switch hitter.
Somewhere, Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce are nudging each other in the ribs. After all, they did this first. In these contemporary times, Sherlock Holmes wages war on ennui, rages against boredom. He fills a role as Scotland Yard's unofficial consulting detective, a necessary tool in crime solving, even if the constabulary consider him a freakish prat. Some have wondered how Holmes would fare in the 21st Century, and the answer is: quite comfortably, thanks ever so. Holmes always was a scientific man, and very practical. Practicality dictates that Holmes would make use of today's technology, and we see him here applying the Internet and his cellie and GPS trackers and so forth. He runs his own website: The Science of Deduction.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Benedict does a great job playing the quirky Sherlock. Very entertaining!Published 9 days ago by Kindle Customer
Love this. A little sad only 3 episodes to the season and now need to get more.Published 12 days ago by Kathryn M. Bennett
This series includes such great performances, writing, humor, and mystery. Okay, the first episode was frustrating since I couldn't figure out why the brilliant Sherlock took so... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Explorer
Excellently written mystery. Moriarty was fantastic as Sherlock nemesis.Published 19 days ago by psvirgo