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"Sherlock" The Lying Detective (TV Episode 2017) Poster

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(2017)

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The name, Sherlock: The Lying Detective (2017), is based of the name of a Sherlock Holmes short story named "The Adventure of the Dying Detective"; and as in this episode, the antagonist is Culverton Smith (Toby Jones).
Culverton Smith appears to be influenced by Jimmy Savile, Smith has a Yorkshire accent, wonky yellow teeth, appeared in a cereal advert (Savile voiced a Sugar Puffs advert in the 1980s), visited ill children in hospital (Savile became 'honorary entertainments officer', at Broadmoor, the high-security mental hospital) and had access to a corpse (Savile reportedly 'interfered with bodies of deceased patients' and once stole a glass eye from a corpse which he wore in a necklace).
Due to different broadcasting standards in the US and the UK, some of the profanity had to be censored for the American airing on PBS.
Sian Brooke (Elizabeth) played Ophelia opposite Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet in the 2015 Royal National Theatre stage production of Shakespeare's tragedy.
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Sherlock's line, "Your life is not your own. Keep your hands off it" is taken from the short story, "The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger".
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Steven Moffat said that Brooke had to lie to her friends about what she was doing: "She has been on TV for two weeks and now finally she is allowed to say she is in this show."
During Sherlock's outburst inside his room, his quotes were taken from Shakespeare's "The Life of King Henry the Fifth" inspired by Henry V himself. The entire quote can be found on Scene I: France. Before Harfleur.
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The case of 'Blessington The Poisoner' that Sherlock mentions in the hospital to the children is a reference to the original Holmes story "The Adventure of the Resident Patient".
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Sherlock throws Faith's gun off the bridge.This is a reference to the original Holmes story "The Problem of Thor Bridge".
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While speaking to children at the hospital, Sherlock references a blog entry by John entitled "Murder at the Zoo", where the killer is an orangutan. This could be a nod to "Murders in the Rue Morgue", a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, in which the "murderer" is an orangutan. The story is famous due to its literary significance; it is widely considered to have been the first story in the "detective fiction" genre.
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Towards the end Watson congratulates Holmes on his birthday without the actual date being mentioned. Holmes' birthday is nowhere mentioned in the original stories, but it is by some assumed to be the 6th of January or thereabouts. The Lying Detective was first shown on Jan. 8, which may not be totally coincidental.
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Toby Jones is now the third actor from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to appear on Sherlock. Jones appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014). Martin Freeman appeared in Captain America: Civil War (2016). Benedict Cumberbatch appeared in Doctor Strange (2016).
The case of 'The Killer Orangutan' is a nod to the original story "The Adventure of the Creeping Man",in which a professor starts taking a drug which makes him behave like a monkey.
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The name "Sherrinford" is mentioned in a notebook and possibly also in the dialogue. It appears in Conan Doyle's notes for his first story ("A Study in Scarlet" - at that time also known as "A Tangled Skein") as Holmes' first name. Watson was referred to as Ormond Sacker. Some happy changes.
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Sherlock uses phrases such as "the game's afoot" and "feature of interest" during the episode.These phrases were used by Sherlock Holmes quite often in the original stories.
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In Russia, the episode was titled "Sherlock at deathbed", in honor of the Russian title of the original story the episode is based on, "The Adventure of the Dying Detective".
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Sherlock" co-creator Mark Gatiss, who plays Mycroft Holmes, said at a special Bafta screening that an extra sibling had been discussed for years. He also said that it started as a joke years ago that there was going to be a line in the first season where they were sketching in the Holmes family but they thought they wouldn't do much.
Culverton Smith admits to being a fan of the serial killer H.H.Holmes and at one point jokingly asks Sherlock if it's possible they are related. In real life, H.H. Holmes was an avid reader of the Sherlock Holmes book franchise and took the name as his alias.
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In both "The Six Thatchers" and this episode, Louise Brealey is in the credits as Louis Brealey. Just as Sherlock's missing brother turns out to be his sister.
Perhaps the biggest spoiler comes after Sherlock says to Smith "must be something comforting about the number 3. People always give up after 3".

This is when John's psychiatrist is revealed to be "Elizabeth", (Woman on the Bus from "The Six Thatchers", Sherlock's visitation from Culverton Smith's "daughter and Euros Holmes, Mycroft & Sherlock's sister (the 3rd sibling), whom John had asked Mycroft about (at "Mary's" prodding) earlier in this episode.
The ending and the starting few seconds are both of the same scene.
This was a huge thing to cast Sian as Eurus as they wanted to cast someone who should already be a huge star who has never had the breaks.
People were speculating for a week since they heard the word Sherrinford in "The Six Thatchers" that Sherlock and Mycroft have a third secret brother who turned out be a secret sister.
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In "The Dying Detective", the original story that this episode is based on, Sherlock feigns an illness to lure Smith into confessing (at Baker Street), which is a clear parallel with Sherlock actually being ill in the TV episode.
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The portrait behind Mycroft's desk appears to be of a young Queen Elizabeth.
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