Sherlock: Season 2, Episode 1

A Scandal in Belgravia (6 May 2012)

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The government hires Sherlock and John to confiscate something of importance from a mysterious woman, named Irene Adler, but she may be more than Sherlock can handle.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
DI Carter
The Equerry
Timid Man
Rosemary Smith ...
Married Woman
Simon Thorp ...
Anthony Cozens ...
Geeky Young Man


Following a bizarre stand-off with master criminal Moriarty, ended when the villain responds to a phone call, Sherlock interrupts his investigation of a rural slaying when summoned to Buckingham Palace. Dominatrix Irene Adler has incriminating photos of a royal princess which Sherlock is engaged to retrieve; however, having engineered a meeting with Irene, Sherlock realizes that she has far more dangerous evidence in her possession, sought by rogue CIA agents, which causes her to fake her death and pass the facts, encrypted in her camera phone, to Sherlock. Having deciphered the explosive result and discovered a government plot, Sherlock has to consider if Irene can be trusted and indeed if she is in league with Moriarty. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Belgravia, in Central London, is one of the wealthiest districts in the world. Buckingham Palace is nearby. See more »


(at around 42 mins) Reflection of crew is visible moving in the mirror on the wall behind and to the right of Mycroft. See more »


Sherlock Holmes: Dominatrix...
Mycroft Holmes: Don't be alarmed. It's to do with sex.
Sherlock Holmes: Sex doesn't alarm me.
Mycroft Holmes: How would you know?
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Version of A Scandal in Bohemia (1921) See more »


Auld Lang Syne
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2 January 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After a splendid first (too short) series, I was really looking forward to this. Did it reach my expectations. No, it actually surpassed them. Brilliant writing, direction and acting from all the cast. Not one duff point. A superb story with lots of in-jokes for Holmes enthusiasts, but even if you are not familiar with Holmes you will love it. I like the way the writers utilise a previous story and bring it up to date and actually improve on it ten-fold. The devices used to point out the Holmes powers of deduction are very good and apt for the digital age. Really looking forward to upcoming stories. Let's hope there are many more to come. Even if there are not, what is on offer is so richly rewarding it will bear repeat viewings. After this the Beeb can be (almost) forgiven for the dross of "Bleak Old Shop Of Stuff". This is how to bring a classic up to date and make it relevant, exciting and funny. Deserves 20 stars

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