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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Did You Know?


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 »


When Sherlock pulls the gun on Moriarty in the pool scene, he is holding it with two hands but then puts one hand down. In the next shot, he has two hands on the gun again. Then again in the next shot he only has one hand on the gun. See more »


[first lines]
Sherlock Holmes: Just... tell me what happened from the beginning.
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References Jim'll Fix It (1975) See more »


The Planets: Mars, The Bringer of War
Composed by Gustav Holst
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Brave move, which works a treat!
9 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

As an avid Sherlock Holmes fan, I was excited about the proposed Sherlock 2010, but also wary. Holmes interpretations over the years have varied tremendously, and I've always been disappointed by any which lose the essence of the character...his brilliance, arrogance and indifference to the trivial which his mental gifts impose on him. I personally feel that this script-writing, combined with Cumberbatch's astute delivery do the job with aplomb.

My favourite Holmes actor has always been Jeremy Brett and Cumberbatch is the only other who has come close in terms of capturing Sherlock's sheer aloofness and 'quick-wittedness'.

This particular episode is a complex one, which requires some concentration but the rewards make it well worth it. Enjoy!

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