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A recurring character in the show is detective Bell, a brilliant policeman with deductive powers of his own. This is a nod to Dr. Joseph Bell, a Scottish physician and professor, acquaintance of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and the real life model for Sherlock Holmes.
Creator Robert Doherty said that one of his motivations in making Dr. Watson a woman was that he wanted to show that men and women can "work and live together and not end up romantically entangled".
Unlike many shows in which a character's tattoos play an important role in the storyline, Sherlock's tattoos are not added by a makeup artist but instead belong to the actor who portrays him, Jonny Lee Miller. Unlike Holmes's tattoos, however, Miller's are not self-administered.
Before creating the show, Robert Doherty studied psychological assessments of Sherlock Holmes written by real doctors over the years.
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, albeit opposite side of the Atlantic.
Throughout the show, Sherlock is shown to keep and study bees as a hobby. In the original short story "His Last Bow", Sherlock Holmes has retired to the Sussex Downs to keep bees.
The creators of this show reportedly went to great lengths to avoid comparisons or potential copyright issues with the British series Sherlock (2010), which also re-tells the story of Holmes in a contemporary setting. One visual cue that was included as a nod to the British series is Holmes' scarf, which is worn the same way as it is in "Sherlock".
"Diogenes" was also mentioned in several of the original Sherlock Holmes stories as the name of a club that Sherlock's brother, Mycroft, had co-founded.
Neither Jonny Lee Miller, who plays Sherlock, nor Lucy Liu, who plays Watson, had ever read a Sherlock Holmes book before securing roles in the pilot.
Rooftop scenes, such as when Sherlock attends to his beehives, are filmed on the Silvercup studios roof in Long Island City.
The recurring character of Mrs. Hudson, portrayed by Candis Cayne, the occasional cleaning woman for Sherlock's brownstone, is a nod to the original Arthur Conan Doyle character of the same name, who is the proprietress or landlady of 221b Baker Street, London, in the original canon, and in most Holmes screen incarnations.
Inspector Tobias Gregson actually appears in A Study in Scarlet and other short stories and is a different character to Lestrade.
The show is often filmed in NYC on 7th avenue and 51st & 52nd street
Joan's mother's name is Mary Watson. This is a reference to Arthur Conan Doyle's stories in which Dr. Watson's wife's name is Mary.
The show makes various Easter egg references to The Wire and Treme, as well as having actors from both series in guest cameo roles.
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The role of Sherlock Holmes has also been played by David Arquette in a Los Angeles theatrical production. Arquette appeared with Jonny Lee Miller in "Dead Man's Walk (1996)(TV)'. Arquette played Augustus McCrae, a role previously played by Robert Duvall, who played Doctor Watson in _The Seven Per Cent Solution (1976)_(Qv).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Raza Jaffrey, who plays Andrew Paek (a love interest for Joan Watson) is in his private life married to actress Lara Pulver, who plays Irene Adler (a love interest for Sherlock Holmes) on the BBC-TV series Sherlock.
In season four, John Noble began a recurring role as Sherlock's father Morland. Though credited with the rest of the main cast, he is only credited in the episodes in which he appears.
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Vinnie Jones, the actor who portays the rabid football supporter 'M.' in season 1 episode 12, has in fact played football professionally prior to becoming an actor. He played in Chelsea for a period, which happens to be Johnny Lee Miller's (Sherlock) favourite team.

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