Sherlock (2010– )
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The Great Game 

Mycroft needs Sherlock's help, but a remorseless criminal mastermind puts Sherlock on a distracting crime-solving spree via a series of hostage human bombs through which he speaks.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Hudson
Matthew Needham ...
Kemal Sylvester ...
Tube Guard
San Shella ...
Andrew West
Lauren Crace ...
Nicholas Gadd ...
Scared Man
Caroline Trowbridge ...
Mrs Monkford


Mycroft wants his brother Sherlock to investigate the murder of civil servant Andrew West and theft of the Bruce-Partington missile plans. Sherlock, however, prefers to assist Lestrade following a massive bomb blast. The sadistic bomber abducts a string of hostages, who will be released after Sherlock has solved a series of puzzles, including a twenty year old murder, an insurance scam, and the alleged forgery of a long lost painting. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

7 November 2010 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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During the scene where Sherlock receives his answer to his written request from the homeless girl, John meets him on the street to tell him information about the dead security guard from the art museum. Sherlock presses John for more information to which John exclaims, "Give us a chance!" In 2012 Martin Freeman played Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) where he meets Gollum, a corrupt little creature with whom he plays a riddle game. When Bilbo asks Gollum if he gives up, Gollum also exclaims, "Give us a chance!" In addition, there is also a character in this episode whose assassin title name is Golem. See more »


Near the end, during the confrontation of Sherlock by Moriarty, Moriarty asks Sherlock is there a British Army Browning L9A1 pistol in your pocket or you just plesed to see me, to which Sherlock says both . The pistol is in fact a SIG Sauer P226 which replaced the L9A1 in 1995 as the standard issue Service pistol of the British Army, that then got replaced by the glock 17 in 2013. See more »


[first lines]
Sherlock Holmes: Just... tell me what happened from the beginning.
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Written by David Arnold and Michael Price
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One of the best TV-Shows that I've ever saw.
6 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

"Sherlock" is an excellent series. As the series progresses, it gets better, until the amazing climax at the end of this episode. the director has done a great job, he hasn't used too much effects, and instead he has used some amazing editing things like camera movement, unusual camera angles and very nice focus games. All these effects did the series, and this episode especially, so good. I want to point out that the music was amazing, too. the cast did their job on the best side. Cumberbatch gave us an excellent role, which I liked it more than Downey Junior's Sherlock Holmes. I hope that Cumberbatch will do the transition from TV to the big screen. The third episode's plot was very good, the director keep us suspense until the last minutes, with the amazing finish. What can I say? please give us more episodes, and not just 3 more. Elementary, my dear Watson.

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