Anyone who holds a spyglass to such things has long known that a new TV version of Sherlock Holmes is in production. But we seem to have missed a press release somewhere. Every newspaper is today running a story about the show, which will feature Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Watson.
The stories are very loosely based on Conan Doyle originals, but respun and set in the 21st Century (Watson, for example, is still an Afghan veteran, but more War on Terror than War of Empire). If that concept opens up a whole valley of fear for traditionalist Holmes fans, take consolation in the pedigree of the script writers. Steven Moffat is the highly acclaimed writer of some of the best Dr Who episodes (remember Blink, with the then unknown Carey Mulligan?), and now Executive Producer of that show following the departure of RTD. Mark Gatiss, meanwhile, is a League of Gentlemen alumnus. Nuff said. In any case, it has to be better than the last time Holmes and Watson were cast forward in time.
As with Dr Who, much of the show is being shot by the BBC in New London, or Cardiff as it used to be called. Three 90-minute episodes will screen in autumn this year.
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