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Posted by: Haldur 20-Jan-2012, 12:08 AM
This year I discovered not only some Doctor Who I've been missing out on but some other excellent British television. BBC's "Sherlock"--a modern re-imagining on the classic detective and his trusting friend and confidant, Dr. John Watson--has grown on me and become a really appealing adaptation, despite my initial perceptions.

For one, I never thought a Sherlock Holmes in the modern era would work. Holmes's London belongs in that dingy yet romantic Victorian Era, where the genius of observation can whisk away to any crime scene, prepared to deduce the most remarkable findings from the most miniscule of details.

But this series actually works, and I must say, I prefer it even to the Basil Rathbone and Guy Ritchie-infused 'Sherlock Holmes' feature film with Robert Downey, Jr. Obviously a completely different take, the BBC series is both sharp-tongued and appeasing dramatically. It's Holmes and Watson utilizing Smartphones and wi-fi connections to help gather clues and update their blogs. At the heart though is the adventurous, CSI-like investigative goodness of the classic Holmes.

When you really think about it though, Doyle's original incarnation also used the latest technology to go about solving crimes. He also utilized newspapers, fliers, letters, etc. for discovering and solving cases. And the original stories were written from the first-person view of Dr. Watson, just as this incarnation tells of his encounters alongside Sherlock in his own personal blog.

I suggest this series for not only those infatuated with the Sherlock Holmes works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but for fans of fast-paced, nail-biting film. And I say film because each episode of the already broadcast 6 episodes (3 90-in episodes per series, series 2 having just ended with "The Reichenbach Fall", a new take on "The Final Problem" in which Sir Conan Doyle notoriously killed off his signature leading character only to bring him back years later at the request of readers) are stellar, self-contained cinematic experiences in their own right.

If you've been viewing each new episode on BBC America as intently as I have (thank God for DVR!), then please feel free to comment, admonish/critique the series, or give any other thoughts whatsoever regarding the production. Might I also add that writer/producer Steven Moffat ("Doctor Who", "Jekyll") is behind this series. He's an utter genius and a Scotsman to boot.

Also, it feels good to be back here on CelticRadio.net! For those of you who remember me or whatnot, it's glad to be back.

Posted by: Vixie 20-Jan-2012, 11:41 AM
Well, thanks for the recommendation! I just added it to my Netflix queue, so I will definitely watch the past episodes and look for the new ones on BBC America smile.gif

Posted by: Joanne25 02-Feb-2012, 06:45 PM
I've just started watching these via Netflix, and I love it! Quirky and fast-paced dialague, what's not to like? smile.gif

Posted by: j Padraig moore 17-May-2012, 11:50 AM
The most recent episode of the Hound of the Baskervilles was excellent!

Posted by: Allan 13-Aug-2012, 12:35 PM
It is a brilliant series. I have been watching it on PBS but good to know Netflix has it.

Posted by: Allan 13-Aug-2012, 12:38 PM
QUOTE (Haldur @ 20-Jan-2012, 01:08 AM)
This year I discovered not only some Doctor Who I've been missing out on but some other excellent British television. BBC's "Sherlock"--a modern re-imagining on the classic detective and his trusting friend and confidant, Dr. John Watson--has grown on me and become a really appealing adaptation, despite my initial perceptions.

For one, I never thought a Sherlock Holmes in the modern era would work. Holmes's London belongs in that dingy yet romantic Victorian Era, where the genius of observation can whisk away to any crime scene, prepared to deduce the most remarkable findings from the most miniscule of details.

But this series actually works, and I must say, I prefer it even to the Basil Rathbone and Guy Ritchie-infused 'Sherlock Holmes' feature film with Robert Downey, Jr. Obviously a completely different take, the BBC series is both sharp-tongued and appeasing dramatically. It's Holmes and Watson utilizing Smartphones and wi-fi connections to help gather clues and update their blogs. At the heart though is the adventurous, CSI-like investigative goodness of the classic Holmes.

When you really think about it though, Doyle's original incarnation also used the latest technology to go about solving crimes. He also utilized newspapers, fliers, letters, etc. for discovering and solving cases. And the original stories were written from the first-person view of Dr. Watson, just as this incarnation tells of his encounters alongside Sherlock in his own personal blog.

I suggest this series for not only those infatuated with the Sherlock Holmes works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but for fans of fast-paced, nail-biting film. And I say film because each episode of the already broadcast 6 episodes (3 90-in episodes per series, series 2 having just ended with "The Reichenbach Fall", a new take on "The Final Problem" in which Sir Conan Doyle notoriously killed off his signature leading character only to bring him back years later at the request of readers) are stellar, self-contained cinematic experiences in their own right.

If you've been viewing each new episode on BBC America as intently as I have (thank God for DVR!), then please feel free to comment, admonish/critique the series, or give any other thoughts whatsoever regarding the production. Might I also add that writer/producer Steven Moffat ("Doctor Who", "Jekyll") is behind this series. He's an utter genius and a Scotsman to boot.

Also, it feels good to be back here on CelticRadio.net! For those of you who remember me or whatnot, it's glad to be back.

I agree. This is a brilliant series. Good to know it is on Netfllix..I have been watching it on PBS

Posted by: MelissaDawn7 14-Mar-2014, 03:07 PM
I love the Sherlock series! I watch them as soon as they are out. Can't believe we have to wait another 2 years for the next few episodes! sad.gif. I also liked the movies with Robert Downey Jr and I have watched some of the old series but Sherlock is my favorite. Was NOT a fan of Elementary. Watson is a girl and a doctor who is only there to make sure Sherlock doesn't get back in to drugs...not a great Sherlock show in my opinion. I have an "I AM SHER LOCKED" sticker on my computer haha. Also, Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch are just awesome actors. I love that they are doing some other famous movies like the Hobbit and Star Trek.

Posted by: CelticRadio 14-Apr-2014, 06:50 PM
Thanks for bring this up, I am going to check this out. Hopefully it is on Hulu or streaming as I am using that form of T.V. more than traditional programming.

Posted by: Avonlea22 20-Apr-2014, 06:34 AM
you won't be disappointed. You may be able to watch it from the PBS app as well.

Posted by: ogdenmusic 15-Nov-2014, 06:41 AM
If you have cable and BBC America, they are replaying the Sherlock Series. Benedict Cumberbatch does a great job.

Posted by: Cordelia 07-May-2015, 05:08 PM
Oh my, I have such a love affair with this series! I wasn't sure how a modern-day Sherlock would work, but it has been done before with Basil Rathbone (my personal favourite Sherlock before Benedict) although I prefer the two films set in Victorian times. Benedict Cumberbatch+Martin Freeman are brilliant. Watson finally done right. smile.gif

Posted by: five4 22-Oct-2015, 08:52 AM
I agree that the Victorian setting is best suited to these films as this was the time period in which these stories were written,but that does not mean that I do not appreciate the modernization at all, it's just an added chapter to these wonderful characters. Cumberbatch and Freeman have given us outstanding performances as we transition SH into the present day, I can only hope and wait for more to come. I think that Ian McKellen's portrayal of an ageing Holmes is spot on in his 2015 movie, "Mr. Holmes". Although the yard stick we use to measure all those engaged in these roles will be, at least in my mind, Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, there have been dozens of actors plying their craft to this original dynamic duo. Two that stand out for me have been Richard Roxburg as SH in the 2002 TV movie "Hound of the Baskervilles" and Jude Law as Dr. Watson in both the 2009 and 2011 movies...

Posted by: five4 31-Oct-2015, 06:59 PM
How about this...

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/watch-online/previews/sherlock-abominable-bride-trailer-2/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=masternews&utm_campaign=sherlock_2016&elqTrackId=996B85F11FF59377D75E825B676BADC1&elq=9b6c9008e6a2407cbc128ed5e6828709&elqCampaignId=1470&elqaid=2958&elqat=1

Posted by: five4 01-Nov-2015, 07:38 AM
Did anyone catch this 3 episode telecast with Martin Clunes as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?


http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/programs/arthur-and-george/

Posted by: five4 28-Jan-2016, 09:19 AM
Did anyone tune it to Sherlock Holmes' "The Adominable Bride" which aired on PBS the nights of January 1st and 10th?...If you haven't, I will not say anything other than that you missed one of the best episodes yet...If you did, why not discuss it here...thanks and slainte

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