Sunday, October 24, 2010

A 21st-century Sherlock Holmes

I love a good mystery - they were my favorite books as a kid. I was a big Sherlock Holmes fan and yes, I bought a deerstalker on my first trip to London. (I think I even wore it in public once or twice.)

So I'm looking forward to Sherlock, the three-part British series that begins tonight on PBS. The video makes it look a little more CSI than I'd like but that's okay. It's a modern-day Holmes and I'm not a purist for a Victorian setting.

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Sherlock Holmes. I don't know much about him although he was in Atonement, which I did see. And Martin Freeman, who was very funny as Tim in the original (and superior IMHO) British version of The Office, is Dr. John Watson.

While the setting is contemporary there's at least one connection to the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories that, sadly, is as plausible today as it was in the 1880s. Watson has recently returned from Army service in Afghanistan.

And he's still chronicling his adventures with the world's most famous consulting detective - on his blog.

For devoted Sherlockians, there'll be a Twitter event from 9 to 10:30 p.m., with mystery experts Scott Monty from The Baker Street Blog, Leslie Klinger, author of The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, and Andrew Gulli, editor of The Strand magazine. Just follow the hashtag #sherlock_pbs.


Dorian said...

I watched the first episode of this with a Utahn friend recently (over internet chat; we are, obviously, not in the same place). I very much enjoyed it, and look forward to seeing the rest.

It's quite well-written, though it doesn't have much in the way of interesting/compelling female characters (a recurring problem with Steven Moffat's work...)

Jeff said...

We downloaded and watched these a couple of months ago. They're terrifically entertaining.

Esther said...

Thanks for the comments, Dorian and Jeff! Glad you both liked it, even with your reservations, Dorian.

I'm always interested in a new spin on Sherlock Holmes. He's a literary character who's been reimagined in so many different ways.