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The character of Greg Lestrade is a combination of Inspectors Gregson and Lestrade. In the books, the latter character's first name is said to begin with the letter G, but is never revealed. This is why Sherlock is always forgetting Lestrade's name.
When a new episode of Sherlock airs the whole cast goes over to Martin Freeman (John Watson) and Amanda Abbington's (Mary Morstan) house to watch it.
Many of the crew in Sherlock (2010) are related. Sherlock's parents are actually actor Benedict Cumberbatch's parents, Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton; Amanda Abbington (Mary Morstan) and Martin Freeman (John Watson) are real-life partners; Producer Sue Vertue is writer Steven Moffat's wife, and co-producer and writer Beryl Vertue is his mother-in-law; Writer Mark Gatiss' husband is the barrister in Sherlock: The Reichenbach Fall (2012); Steven Moffat's son plays Sherlock Holmes as a child in a few episodes.
Amanda Abbington, who plays Mary Morstan, John Watson's fiancé/wife in the series, is the real-life longtime partner of Martin Freeman.
The role of Molly Hooper was never in the books or short stories and was only meant to be a one-off character to further indicate Sherlock's lack of social skills, particularly addressing any romantic encounters. However, Moffat and other producers loved Louise Brealey's performance so much that they decided to expand her character.
In this series, Watson was wounded in the shoulder but has psychosomatic/psychogenic pain in his leg. This is a sly reference to the original stories in which Arthur Conan Doyle was inconsistent about the location of Watson's war wound.
Sherlock sometimes uses a memory technique that he calls a "Mind Palace." This is not an invention of the screenwriters; rather, it is a method of aiding memory that dates back to ancient Rome. One of history's most famous real-life practitioners was the sixteenth-century Italian Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci, who introduced the method to China.
Through the series, several Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle are alluded to, either as episode names or in passing. For instance, "A Study in Scarlet" becomes "A Study in Pink", "The Greek Interpreter" becomes "The Geek Interpreter" etc.
As part of his preparation after being cast as Holmes, Benedict Cumberbatch read every original Conan Doyle story.
The usage of the saying "the game is on" is the modern equivalent to Doyle's saying "the game is afoot, " which was borrowed from Shakespeare's "Henry V."
Many versions of the coat that Sherlock wears are used in filming, but the original, used in the pilot, was bought by Mark Gatiss who later gave it to Benedict Cumberbatch as a birthday present.
The actual address used for filming the exteriors of 221B Baker Street is 187 North Gower Street, London NW1.
Benedict Cumberbatch was cast after Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss watched his performance in Atonement (2007). They thought he looked like a perfect Holmes.
In Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (2012), Sherlock tells Adler about "Coventry". He says "In the second world war the Allies knew that Coventry was going to get bombed because they'd broken the German code but they didn't want the Germans to know they'd broken the code so they let it happen anyway". Cumberbatch later played Alan Turing, the mathematician who broke the German enigma code, in The Imitation Game (2014).
During the hiatus between the first and second series, Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch were both cast in Peter Jackson's films The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014). This time Freeman took the lead as Bilbo, and Cumberbatch provided the motion-capture and voice for Smaug the Dragon and The Necromancer.
When Martin Freeman arrived for his first audition, he had just had his wallet stolen. He was in such a bad mood that the producers thought he wasn't interested in the role. Luckily, for the next audition he was fine, and got the role.
As in the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories, the term "deduction" is misused. Like medical diagnosticians, hunters and yes, detectives, what Holmes actually uses a form of inference called "abductive reasoning," which is neither deductive nor inductive.
In the original stories, Dr. Watson has also done military service in Afghanistan.
"Jim" Moriarty's appearance is subtly the exact opposite of Sherlock's; Sherlock's hair is long and curly, while Moriarty's is clean and combed. Sherlock wears an open collar while Moriarty always wears a tie. As well, Sherlock dons his classic long overcoat with his high collar popped, while Moriarty's is a shorter, trimmer jacket with a Nehru collar. And in most cases, Sherlock is clean shaven whilst Jim wears light five o'clock shadow on his face.
Matt Smith auditioned for the role of Doctor Watson before his Doctor Who audition. Moffat thought he would do better playing Holmes but the part was already given to Benedict.
At one point in the series, Watson gets fed up with hearing Holmes talking about his intellect and how emotions are unimportant to the point that he sarcastically calls Holmes "Spock". Benedict Cumberbatch appeared in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) as Kirk and Spock's arch-nemesis, Khan.
In the summer of 2011 Danny Boyle created a National Theatre production of 'Frankenstein' in which Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller played the creator and monster and alternately changed nightly. Both actors then went on to play another Victorian creation Sherlock Holmes, both set in the present day, allbeit opposite side of the Atlantic.
"Reichenbach" is the name of the waterfall where Sherlock and Moriarty fight in the novel.
The typeface used in the overlays is Johnston Sans, well-known for its use in the London Underground.
Watson's reference to Holmes as "Spock" has another significance. The original Spock, Leonard Nimoy, has also played Sherlock Holmes. Nimoy also recorded a song called "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins," based on The Hobbit. Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch appeared together in the film adaptations.
Watson's reference to Holmes as "Spock" has yet another significance. It is implied in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) that Sherlock Holmes is an ancestor of Spock's, "An ancestor of mine maintained that if you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains - however improbable - must be the truth."
Although John and Sherlock aren't the wealthiest of people and Sherlock is frequently seen on different occasions denying any reward in money for his job. Watson's clothes do not reflect this, in fact his famous black jacket costs £750, shoes £175, knitted jumper over £200 and his watch a staggering £3000. Sherlock's famous coat is also a staggering £1,750.
In this new series Dr. Watson used to be a Captain (and medical doctor) serving with the 5th Northumberland Fusiliers deployed to Afghanistan. The 5th Northumberland Fusiliers did indeed serve in Afghanistan in the Second Afghan-Anglo war (1878-1880). The first story of the old Sherlock Holmes series took place in 1881. The 5th Northumberland Fusiliers, however, was renamed into the "The Northumberland Fusiliers" in the year 1881 (no 5th left in title), which means the modern Dr. Watson service with the 5th Northumberlands is a nod to its old heritage. The former 5th Northumberlands evolved into its last formation named "Royal Northumberland Fusiliers" and was amalgamated in 1968. Watsons current Regiment would be 'The Royal Regiment Of Fusiliers', with whom have served in Afghanistan multiple times over the past 16 years.
Mark Gatiss has repeatedly tried to persuade Steven Moffat that Mycroft should have gadgets and tricks hidden inside his umbrella, but as of release has always failed.
Amanda Abbington and Martin Freeman have two children together in real life.
Sherlock was originally going to have 6 episodes each series, instead of just 3, with each episode being 60 minutes, instead of 90.
In Sherlock: His Last Vow (2014) Janine speaks about a small cottage in Sussex. This is in reference to the actual story "His Last Bow" where Sherlock retires in a small cottage on the Sussex downs.
In Sherlock: The Hounds of Baskerville (2012), John once mentioned that he and Sherlock played a game of Cluedo and that Sherlock deduced the murderer was the victim. In Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (2012), you're able to see a Cluedo board pinned to the wall near the mirror.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are both involved in comic book movies. Cumberbatch plays Dr. Stephen Strange Doctor Strange (2016) and Freeman has a role in Captain America: Civil War (2016), as Everett K. Ross.
Benedict Cumberbatch starred in Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" trilogy alongside Christopher Lee. Both actors have portrayed Sherlock Holmes in different productions. Also Ian McKellen portrayed an elderly Sherlock in Mr. Holmes (2015).
In the new episode, The abominable bride, many things that only some people could spot included the bride's name Emelia RICOLETTI.If we remember the name of the individual mentioned in the episode The reichenbach fall, has the name Peter RICOLETTI who was Interpol most wanted since 1982 (according to the episode) Also the painting, in the Strangers room or Mycroft's so-called office, was of the Reichenbach fall itself. The third and the most important observation was the IOU written on Moriarty's forehead with the help of skilled hair styling at the difficult scene of him and Sherlock fighting on the edge of again the Reichenbach fall.To be more specific, the part where Dr. Watson intervene between the two with a revolver.
In the season 2 premiere, Sherlock talks of the 'myth' about the Allies knowing about the Coventry bombing and still let it happen so that they don't disclose that they have cracked the enigma code. In the movie The Imitation Game (2014) Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing and the entire scene is played out on the screen.
The house that Irene lives in is the same house that Sally Sparrow visits the weeping angels in Doctor Who.
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Watson's P226R is likely meant to be his army service pistol. Although the P226 is used in the British Military, it is mainly used by Special Forces and it is rare to be held by Infantry, where the Browning Hi-Power or the Glock 17 Gen 3, which is phasing out both handguns for its high magazine capacity and reliability, are more common.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

After Sherlocks first death, it shows how certain people feel about it and when it gets to Anderson, it shows a bunch of papers pinned on the back wall. There is a Tardis drawn on one of them.
In A Study In Scarlet-the original story- Scotland Yard finds "rache" on a wall written with blood, and Lestrade thinks that the victim was trying to write Rachel. Then Sherlock says that it was revenge in German. In Sherlock: A Study in Pink (2010) , the victim claws 'rache' into the floor. Anderson, the forensic expert, thinks that the victim was trying to write revenge in German, but Sherlock reckons the victim died before finishing to write 'Rachel'.
In Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (2012) the scene where Sherlock is unlocking Irene Adlers phone, he types the numbers "7437" which are letters "SHER". Because of that, the letters make a sentence "I AM SHERLOCKED".
In Sherlock: A Study in Pink (2010), the suspect is a cab driver. This could be a reference to the original story "A Study in Scarlet" which the suspect is a "cab" driver too.

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