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“Sherlock” – A fast-paced, witty take on the legendary Sherlock Holmes crime novels, now set in present day London and starring Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Last Enemy") as the Baker Street sleuth and Martin Freeman ("The Office" UK) as his loyal sidekick Doctor Watson. Shown: Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. WatsonSherlock Holmes 2010 Premieres on Masterpiece Mystery!


Wednesday, October 6th, 2010


Blowing away the fog of the Victorian era, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic detective Sherlock Holmes enters the 21st century in a thrilling contemporary version set in modern-day London. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Atonement, The Last Enemy) in the title role, Sherlock premieres with three criminally clever whodunits on Masterpiece Mystery! Sundays, Oct. 24-Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. The episodes will typically encore Thursdays at 9 p.m.


Created by the celebrated story-telling team of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss (Doctor Who), Sherlock co-stars Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson, Holmes’s best (and only!) friend. Just as in the Conan Doyle original, John is a retired army doctor, wounded during service in Afghanistan. A chance encounter brings him into the strange and thrilling world of Sherlock Holmes whose cases he begins to write up—as online blogs. Rupert Graves (The Forsyte Saga) appears as Inspector Lestrade.


This brand new Sherlock is made by people who love the original stories, so even die hard fans should be pleased. Each adventure is packed full of details, places, idiosyncrasies, plot elements, and phrases true to the originals, yet each mystery is fiendishly new. And best of all, in an age of forensic detection, it is still Sherlock’s brilliant brain and powers of deduction which crack the cases. novelist Hennin



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