In this modernized version of the Conan Doyle characters, using his detective plots, Sherlock Holmes lives in early 21st century London and acts more cocky towards Scotland Yard's detective inspector Lestrade because he's actually less confident. Doctor Watson is now a fairly young veteran of the Afghan war, less adoring and more active.
Did You Know?
Originally this was shot as a 60-minute one-off TV movie. Its costs ballooned to an almost unheard-of one million pounds, and rumors flew that the BBC would pull the plug and leave it unaired. Instead, they asked Mark Gatiss
and Steven Moffat
to turn the whole thing into a series pilot. That would entail making it longer. And they wrote a longer script. But they couldn't get the same cinematographer back, and didn't think the added scenes would be consistent with what they had already filmed. So they shot the whole pilot over. See more
In the American (PBS Masterpiece Mystery) broadcasts of this series, certain letters in the closing titles are highlighted red. These letters spell out a word that somehow relates to the episode. These highlighted letters don't occur in the closing credits of the original airings of the series (on BBC) though. See more
Referenced in Studio C: Episode #9.14