Sherlock: Season One
DVD | Blu-ray
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Rupert Graves
Release Date: November 9, 2010
With the large and pricey marketing campaign that accompanied the re-imagined Sherlock Holmes film from director Guy Richie, it’s entirely reasonable that the latest iteration of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s work went unnoticed — especially for anyone living in the U.S. I’m of course talking about the BBC television series Sherlock conceived by writer/producer Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Coupling) and Mark Gatiss.
Unlike previous adaptations to the screen, this Sherlock is set in the modern day, which both Gatiss and Moffat explain was fairly easy to do and added a lot back to the basic premise of why the classic stories were so great to begin with. Therefore John Watson writes a blog instead of keeping a diary (though, he was still wounded while serving as a medical doctor in Afghanistan, only in the most recent war); Sherlock writes texts messages instead of letters, and street informants aren’t orphan children but members of the homeless population in London. Sherlock uses a small magnifying glass that is encased in leather and fits in his pocket rather than the large lens that’s become iconic with all sleuthing fiction.
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