New chic, Sherlock

Review by Sian Lee Dabin

The last twelve months have brought us a steady stream of movies and television shows based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series. However, none of them are quite the same as the BBC series Sherlock, created by Mark Gattis and Stephen Moffat, executive producer of Doctor Who.

Sherlock gives the classic Conan Doyle stories a new twist, with Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson being brought to life in modern day London.

Gattis and Moffat have created an amazing world in Sherlock, slotting the Holmes stories flawlessly into the present day, with tie-in websites, John Watson blogging and Sherlock Holmes communicating and solving cases with just about any mobile phone he can get his hands on.

Benedict Cumberbatch (Hawking, The Other Boleyn Girl) falls easily into the role of the intelligent, Asperger-ish sociopath Holmes, while Martin Freeman (The Office, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) co-stars as Holmes’ sensible friend and partner Dr Watson. The chemistry between the two leads is undeniable; with Cumberbatch and Freeman taking the friendship to a new, hilarious and bromantic level.

The series is three one-and-a-half hour episodes, and will air on Channel Nine later in 2010.

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