"Sherlock" -- Based on the books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this updated version of the Sherlock Holmes stories is modern, edgy, and dangerous. Set in present day, 21st century, London, Holmes is as brilliant and arrogant as ever. His loyal friend Watson served in the Afghanistan war as an army doctor. Together, they embark on thrilling, funny, and outrageous adventures.
Critical reception was overwhelmingly positive and the first series won the 2011 BAFTA Television Award for Best Drama Series. All six episodes have been released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in the UK, alongside tie-in editions of some of Conan Doyle's original books. Soundtrack albums from each series have also been released.
Benedict Cumberbatch......as Sherlock
Martin Freeman................as Watson
Status: Break -- Between Seasons
Series Premiere: July 25, 2010
Genre: Crime | Drama | Mystery
Network: BBC One (United Kingdom)
Airs: Sundays at 08:00 pm
Runtime: 90 Minutes
Season 3 -- Renewed -- Air Date Unknown/TBA
After the end of season two, Moffat and Gatiss both announced on Twitter that a third series had been commissioned at the same time as series two, and a part of the resolution to "The Reichenbach Fall" was filmed concurrently with series two. Production was originally set to begin in January 2013, but due to 'availability reasons' the filming of series three was pushed back to March 2013. Martin Freeman said in an interview filming will begin on March 18. Gatiss has confirmed that he will write the first episode of the third series, and that it would be 'loosely based' on "The Adventure of the Empty House", in which Conan Doyle revealed that Holmes had faked his death. Gatiss plans to have Watson react very differently from the original character at the discovery of Holmes's return in series three; "I always found it a little unlikely that Dr Watson's only reaction was to faint for instance - as opposed to possibly a stream of terrible swear words," he said. Moffat and Thompson will again write the other two episodes.
Moffat aspires to tackle the fact that eventually Watson will be living apart from Holmes, though he is uncertain whether he will have Watson get married in this adaptation. Moffat also wants to use other villains and adversaries from Conan Doyle's original stories. Without revealing if Moriarty faked his own death at the end of series two, Moffat has suggested that Moriarty will not feature heavily in future series of Sherlock.
Moffat and Gatiss have announced three words that allude to the content of the third series. These words were, "rat, wedding, bow". Speaking at the Edinburgh International Television Festival in August 2012, Moffat said that these words "may be misleading, are not titles, are only teases or possibly clues, but might be deliberately designed to get you into a lather."
Filming of the third series is due to start on 18 March 2013. The availability of Cumberbatch and Freeman dictates that two episodes will be shot from 18 March. There will then be a break in early summer and the final episode will be filmed a few weeks later.
On 12 March 2013, Benedict Cumberbatch confirmed to RadioTimes.com
that he and Martin Freeman had signed up for a fourth season.
Season 2 -- 3 Episodes
2x01 -- Jan 01, 2012 -- A Scandal in Belgravia
2x02 -- Jan 08, 2012 -- The Hounds of Baskerville
2x03 -- Jan 15, 2012 -- The Reichenbach Fall
"A Scandal in Belgravia", written by Steven Moffat and directed by Paul McGuigan.
Loosely based on "A Scandal in Bohemia", the episode depicts Holmes's quest to retrieve compromising photos of a minor royal held on the camera phone of Irene Adler (Lara Pulver), a ruthless and brilliant dominatrix who also trades in classified information extracted from her rich and powerful clients.
Mark Gatiss wrote "The Hounds of Baskerville", which investigates the strange activities at a military base. Aware that The Hound of the Baskervilles, first published in 1902, was one of the most famous of Conan Doyle's original stories, Gatiss felt a greater responsibility to include familiar elements of the story than he does when adapting the lesser-known stories. Russell Tovey appeared as Henry Knight, a man whose father was ripped apart by a gigantic hound on Dartmoor twenty years earlier. Directed by McGuigan
The second season concluded with "The Reichenbach Fall". Steve Thompson wrote the episode, which was directed by Toby Haynes, who had previously directed many of Moffat's Doctor Who episodes. First broadcast on 15 January 2012, the episode follows Moriarty's plot to discredit and kill Sherlock Holmes, concluding with Holmes faking his suicide as Watson looked on. It was based upon Conan Doyle's story "The Final Problem", in which Sherlock and Moriarty fall to their deaths from the Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland. Moffat felt that he and co-creator Gatiss had outdone Conan Doyle in their version of Holmes' fall and Moffat added that, in that much-discussed sequence, there was still "a clue everybody's missed."
Season 1 -- 3 Episodes
1x01 -- Jul 25, 2010 -- A Study in Pink
1x02 -- Aug 01, 2010 -- The Blind Banker
1x03 -- Aug 08, 2010 -- The Great Game
The first episode, "A Study in Pink", loosely based upon the first Sherlock Holmes novel A Study in Scarlet, was written by Moffat and directed by Paul McGuigan. The story depicts the introduction of Holmes to Watson, and them entering a flatshare at Baker Street in London, and then their investigation into a series of deaths, initially believed to be suicides.
The second episode, "The Blind Banker", was written by Stephen Thompson and directed by Euros Lyn, the episode depicts Holmes being hired by an old friend to investigate a mysterious break-in at a bank in the City.
The third episode introduces the character of Jim Moriarty to the series (Andrew Scott), who sets Holmes deadlines to solve a series of apparently unrelated cases. Written by Mark Gatiss and directed by McGuigan, "The Great Game" ends in a cliffhanger in which Sherlock and Moriarty reach a standoff involving a bomb removed moments earlier from Watson.