Saturday, July 17, 2010

BBC's New Sherlock- When?

I don’t even get BBC America where I live now, but I doubt the new Sherlock will reach that channel anytime soon, they’re too occupied with Star Trek and Gordon Ramsay shows. This last winter I first heard word of the program, though it was unclear when it would be airing and whether it would be a television series or mini-series. What was also unclear was whether this “modern Sherlock” was a modernized version of the story or the original Sherlock Holmes somehow in modern London.
Here’s what has been cleared up:
It is premiering in the UK on July 25th and seems to be a three part mini-series.
It is written and produced by Steve Moffat, head writer of Doctor Who and the man behind Coupling as well as Mark Gatiss -most Who fans will recognize him as the naked, mutant octogenarian from “The Lazarus Experiment” and the writer of season five’s “Victory of the Daleks.”
Nothing sci-fi has landed Holmes out of his time, it is a modern take on the detective’s adventures.
Here is my remaining question:
When or will it be airing on American PBS stations? The trailer for the current season of Masterpiece Mystery was released months ago and it mentioned ‘a Sherlock Holmes for a new generation’ and showed a shot of Benedict Cumberbatch, the actor playing the title role. However, as of today, the schedule on the Masterpiece site only goes through September and has no mention of the series.
I must say, I’m excited to see a new take on Holmes. I enjoyed the latest film as well as some of the classic Basil Rathbone movies and have recently read some of Doyle’s original stories. I’ve enjoyed much of Moffat’s work on DW and I adore Benedict Cumberbatch. He’s not very well known, but many may recognize him from the film Atonement. I personally enjoyed his recent performance in Masterpiece Classic’s Small Island this past season. From the trailer and promotional pictures, he also looks very dishy in his costume.


  1. Oh, someone was just telling me this was great. I'm generally not a great fan of shows set in modern times (give me the past or the future!) and especially not a fan of modern-day adaptations of the classics (except for Clueless) ... but I am a big Sherlock Holmes fan. I think I'll give this one a try if/when it gets here. The person who mentioned it said she was skeptical of the concept but the first episode won her over.

  2. I've now seen the first 2 episodes and yes it's great, the modern setting works and the interaction between Holmes and Watson is great.

  3. Lucky, in the US there are months left until it will be shown. I'm excited though, I hope the third episode is just as good!