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TV review: Sherlock; Hacks

3 January 2012 6:45 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The secret of this modern-day Sherlock? It's elementary, my dear Watson

Ok, so we begin where we left off with Sherlock (BBC1, Sunday) – with Moriarty at a London swimming pool which is kind of the Reichenbach Falls. Well, it's wet and it's where the big showdown with Moriarty happens. But he doesn't kill Sherlock, because he gets a phone call from a lady, who turns out to be Irene Adler.

Ah yes, the woman, the only one who ever meant anything to Holmes, from Conan Doyle's A Scandal in Bohemia. This story is called A Scandal in Belgravia. Stephen Moffat seems to be moving stuff from Europe to London, as well as shunting everything 120 or so years forward in time.

In Sir Acd's story, a European royal house is threatened with ruin through blackmail. There are compromising photographs. Here it's our monarchy, and the pictures are on an iPhone. »

- Sam Wollaston

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BBC1's Sherlock gets back on the case with nearly 9 million viewers | TV ratings - 1 January

3 January 2012 5:31 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Return of detective drama beats competition, including ITV1's terrestrial premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

After a wait of nearly 18 months for fans, Sherlock returned to BBC1 and dominated ITV1 on New Year's Day, with nearly 9 million viewers.

The first episode of the new three-part series may have attracted some headlines for Irene Adler actress Lara Pulver's (Spooks, True Blood, Robin Hood) pre-watershed nudity, but this did not appear to be a turn-off for viewers, with an average of 8.8 million tuning in over 90 minutes from 8.10pm, a 30% audience share.

Sherlock was up on the best overnight figure for the first series, the 7.5 million who watched the opening episode in July 2010.

A Scandal in Belgravia soundly whipped ITV1's terrestrial movie premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince when the two went head to head between 8.10pm and 9.40pm.

The sixth instalment of the blockbuster franchise »

- Tara Conlan

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