It’s not science, it’s not science fiction, so technically it doesn’t belong on this blog, but, damn… if you haven’t seen the BBC TV production Sherlock, you’ve missed out on some brilliant entertainment. Forget such pretenders as CSI: {Insert name of major US city here} or even Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, this is the real story of Sherlock Holmes.

Although the movie, A Game of Shadows, comes in at a respectable 7.7 within the International Movie Data Base, the TV series eclipses this with a sublime 9.1 rating, and I’d say 9.1 was a bit harsh 😉

With great restraint, I will avoid any spoilers and simply say that episodes like A Scandal in Belgravia will go down historically as being better than some of the original stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

One of the nice things about the BBC is they’re not afraid to take a gamble on proven writers, and so Steven Moffatt, one of the principle writers for Dr Who, and Mark Gatiss, a Dr Who contributor, were given free hand to craft a TV series that is going to be one of the classics in years to come. With only three episodes in a season, and each episode being 90 minutes long, they’ve thrown out the formulaic rule-book that governs so much television, particularly in the US, and come up with a format that allows them to craft some brilliant stories. As tormenting as it is to be limited to only three shows a season, the quality of the writing is superb. Moffatt and Gatiss have avoided the temptation to exploit the name and commercialize the series, staying true to form they have delivered a TV show worthy of representing the works of Doyle, and lending credit to the Sherlock Holmes franchise.

Bravo. Ten stars from me on the IMDB.

PS. Among others, Moffatt wrote the Dr Who episodes The Girl in the Fireplace and Blink.

3 thoughts on “Sherlock

  1. To me, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle remains one of the best writers of English literature to date (not that I’ll rate myself as an expert in English literature, but at least in terms of what I have been exposed to). A few years back I came across a website, where, as the name implies, you can download free audiobooks. They have many classics from my favourite authors like Jules Verne, Mark Twain and H Rider Haggard, and of course excellent audio productions of all the Sherlock Holmes books (the audio quality of the free version is crap, I preferred to pay $6-odd for a good quality).

    When I saw the trailers of the Sherlock Holmes movie I decided to avoid it at all cost. It seemed like the only resemblance that the movie had with the books was the name. I thought the TV series might fall in the same trap, but since reading your blog I think I might just get hold of the DVDs in the near future and sit down to some timeless entertainment.

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