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TV-14 for violence, disturbing images, drug material, partial nudity and some language



Contains infrequent mild suggestive sex (including homosexual) references, and infrequent partial nudity.

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Several instances of homosexual innuendo, including a character referring to another as knowing if he's been "upstairs" at university, simply by his dress and manner.

In one episode (S02E01) around 25.14 minutes runtime a woman walks away from the camera and you can see her bare buttocks in a thong. In another scene a woman appears nude for a long duration of time. However no actual nudity is visible due to shot angles, strategically placed objects and her manner of sitting (arms folded across her chest and legs crossed). The woman is seen naked in a chair with her body adjusted to cover her private areas. The same episode focuses on a dominatrix, which is referred to as a "sex thing". The viewer sees the dominatrix going in to her clients but does not show any sessions. The dominatrix's lines make heavy use of sexual innuendo. In the same episode, a mans phone is set to make a noise whenever a woman send him a message. This noise is of a woman panting sexually. At one point an older woman refers to it as not appropriate and asks for it to be turned off. Another instance a younger woman becomes embarrassed when she thinks people may have thought she made the noise after a man kissed her on the cheek. A woman's measurements are talked about in this episode. A man asks to see the torso of a body and identifies her by just her measurements. A different woman then asks worriedly how he could identify her from her torso. Yet another incidence at around 16.31 runtime in this episode is, a man dresses in just a bed sheet. As this man begins to walk away, another man steps onto the bed sheet, this causes the sheet to come off him slightly. We partially see his bare buttocks, and we see his bare torso and back.

Series 3 shows many kiss scenes, two of them (S03E01/03) are very passionate.

In S03E01, we breifly see a man's buttocks (Medical context)

A woman exclaims "We're having lots of sex" (S03E01)

In S03E02, a man is presumably killed whilst showering , we see his bare torso and back and can briefly see his bare buttocks.

Suggestive sexual material is present in S03E03. A woman walks out of a man's bedroom wrapped in just a bed sheet. She then goes into the bathroom, where her boyfriend is having a bath, and we hear her get in the bath. It's later confirmed, nothing happened.

An elderly woman is suggested to have been an exotic dancer as a previous profession. (S03E03)

A couple are seen thrusting in a car, and you can hear them moaning, mostly played for laughs.



The BBC's Sherlock tends to not show any sort of gory violence. However, what violence is shown does tend to be quite bloody, often in a time of great duress. The atmosphere creates a larger sense of danger than outright violence.

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A man is shot. We see close up of bloody wound. (S01E01)

One man tortures another, dying, man to get information. He stands on a bullet wound and we see his pain stricken face and hear his screams of pain. (S01E01)

Many scenes in a morgue. The main character handles dead bodies. At one point we see him beating a body with a riding crop (S01E01).

A serial killer kills people by forcing them to commit suicide. (S01E01)

Several characters are threatened with a large crossbow style machine (S01E02).

A man is shown falling down a flight of stairs and then dying (S01E03)

An elderly women has a bomb that is strapped to her detonated (S01E03)

Blood is seen covering a seat. It is later found out that this is frozen blood (S01E03)

A dead body is seen on the shore. It is found that he was killed a while ago by strangulation. (S01E03)

A man punches another man in the face (S02E01)

A plane is filled with dead bodies. (S02E01)

A man is shot in the head (S02E01)\

A dog is shot. (S02E02)

A man shoots himself whilst holding a gun to the roof of his mouth. He falls and a puddle of blood forms around his head (S02E03)

A man jumps off a building and we see him fall. We see the body hitting the ground, though the actual impact is just out of the frame, with the top half of the body still visible. There is a disturbing noise as the body impacts, and the body is later seen with a bloodied face and pool of blood. (S02E03)

A man is drugged, kidnapped, and placed in a large bonfire. The fire is lit, and the man is later rescued. Very intense/disturbing. He emerges bloodied. (S03E01)

A man is nearly murdered in the shower. A large amount of blood surrounds him. (S02E02)

A man is shot, the following sequence is extremely intense. (S03E03)

A man shoots another man. No blood is shown. (S03E03)

A woman goes on a shooting rampage in the street. It appears that she doesn't actually shoot anyone. She sticks a gun inside her mouth and fires, blood covers the curtains. (S00E01-Christmas Special)

A man is shot several times. (S00E01)

A man is stabbed. (S00E01)

A man shoots himself, placing the pistol in his mouth and firing. There is a short burst of blood, and the man turns around, revealing the back of his skull completely gone. (S00E01)

A man pushes another off a waterfall. Another man jumps. (S00E01)

Several wounds and grazes are seen as a result of gunshots, knife wounds, etc, some in detail.

Many dead bodies are seen throughout the entire series.

One of the main characters appears covered in blood on two occasions.



Mild infrequent language, one use of (What sounds to be) strong language.

Exact Details

The harshest language used is during S03E01. This is played for comedy. In the sequence, the scene jumps back and forth between one main character talking to his landlady and another conducting a doctors examination. In the doctors room, he is conducting a testicular examination (See Sex & Nudity section for more details). In the other, he is speaking to his land lady about what his friend told him. He starts by saying 'Ff', and then the camera cuts to the doctor. During the exam he asks the patient to "cough". Because of this edit, the final result is "Ff cough", which sounds very like "Fuck off".

Shit is used occasionally.

Other milder insults are used throughout.

Slang words are used. A few instances of "piss off", and other few rude insults.

The main character is insulted multiple times by the other main character. This is frequently done by an extended climax of a word such as, 'cock' or 'dick'.



Strong drugs throughout, mild alcohol misuse and some drugs used in violent contexts.

Exact Details

In S02E02, a main plotline is that the characters are under the influence of an experimental hallucinogenic drug.

In S03E02, one extended scene shows a character's stag (Bachelor) party and both characters become heavily intoxicated. Various bars sequences are shown, with many alcoholic drinks on display. One character's drunken thoughts are displayed on screen and both of them are shown to be in a very drunk state for at least 5 minutes.

In S03E03, the start focuses on a main character in a drug house. Many young men and women are seen under the influence of drugs. A woman described this place as where "they shoot up". The man also tells his brother ". . . when I'm high".

Also in the last episode of season 3, two main characters are seen smoking and they discuss low tar cigarettes.

During a sequence in the last episode of season 3, a man is able to see a character's 'pressure points' (i.e. their weaknesses), one elderly character has marijuana as her weakness and another has opioids as his.

A main character is addicted to nicotine patches, and overdoses at least twice.

Moderate drinking occurs at several points.

A main character is known to be previously addicted to cocaine.

In many instances, characters are drugged in a violent matter.

A backing story of an elderly women is that her late husband is a convicted drug lord and she helped him push them whilst living in Florida.

In the Christmas Special, a character overdoses, and he goes into a drug induced haze whilst trying to solve a crime. All characters are extremely concerned.

In the Christmas Special, a man's drug addiction is revealed to have began when he was a teenager. A flashback shows a man trying to help him when he overdosed.



Tension, threat and atmosphere play a heavy role in this series.

Exact Details

The final episode of the first series has some very tense moments and also shows people with bombs strapped to them, that could be very upsetting and/or disturbing to some viewers. One blind elderly woman is blown up just after she is told she will live- this may be upsetting, and shocking to some viewers

The second episode of the second season has the theme of all the main characters being under a hallucinogenic drug and whilst under the effect of the drug they see a very frightening dog with glowing red eyes. The dog growls and snarls before being shot dead.

[2x03] two children are kidnapped which can be rather frightening

The final episode of the second series is very upsetting. Major The villain threatens the main character by having assassins ready to kill his friends. He claims that only if the main character jumps of the building will the gunmen be called off. The villain commits suicide by firing a gun in his mouth and the main character subsequently jumps of the building. His best friend is watching the jump. The main character says goodbye to his friend over the phone and then jumps off to his death. It is very emotional and there is a lot of tension build up.

A man is tortured. (S03E01)

The main character is shot by someone he trusted. We go into a sequence inside his head where he goes through what he needs to do to survive. Very intense. (S03E03)

A man shoots someone to protect his friend. He is about to, in turn, get shot ,but is not. (S03E03)

Recommended for anyone above 13.

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