Sherlock (2010– )
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The Great Game 

Mycroft needs Sherlock's help, but a remorseless criminal mastermind puts Sherlock on a distracting crime-solving spree via a series of hostage human bombs through which he speaks.


Paul McGuigan


Mark Gatiss, Arthur Conan Doyle (based on the works of) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Sherlock Holmes
Martin Freeman ... Dr. John Watson
Rupert Graves ... DI Lestrade
Una Stubbs ... Mrs. Hudson
Zoe Telford ... Sarah
Louise Brealey ... Molly Hooper
Andrew Scott ... Jim Moriarty
Vinette Robinson ... Sgt Sally Donovan
Matthew Needham Matthew Needham ... Bezza
Kemal Sylvester Kemal Sylvester ... Tube Guard
San Shella ... Andrew West
Deborah Moore ... Crying Woman
Lauren Crace ... Lucy
Nicholas Gadd Nicholas Gadd ... Scared Man
Caroline Trowbridge Caroline Trowbridge ... Mrs Monkford


Mycroft wants his brother Sherlock to investigate the murder of civil servant Andrew West and theft of the Bruce-Partington missile plans. Sherlock, however, prefers to assist Lestrade following a massive bomb blast. The sadistic bomber abducts a string of hostages, who will be released after Sherlock has solved a series of puzzles, including a twenty year old murder, an insurance scam, and the alleged forgery of a long lost painting. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

7 November 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the scene where Sherlock receives his answer to his written request from the homeless girl, John meets him on the street to tell him information about the dead security guard from the art museum. Sherlock presses John for more information to which John exclaims, "Give us a chance!" In 2012 Martin Freeman played Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) where he meets Gollum, a corrupt little creature with whom he plays a riddle game. When Bilbo asks Gollum if he gives up, Gollum also exclaims, "Give us a chance!" In addition, there is also a character in this episode whose assassin title name is Golem. See more »


After solving the 3rd case, the bomber shots and blows up the blind woman when she begins to tell Sherlock about his(the bomber's) voice. Sherlock even says in the next scene that he killed her because she started to describe him. However as soon as the woman was found she would have described him to the police. See more »


[first lines]
Sherlock Holmes: Just... tell me what happened from the beginning.
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References Jim'll Fix It (1975) See more »


Opening Titles
Written by David Arnold and Michael Price
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Better than the first one
9 March 2017 | by Bored_DragonSee all my reviews

It seems that the previous episode was just a misfortunate accident, because the third one is even better than the pilot. Sherlock irresistibly reminds me of Sheldon from "Big Bang Theory", with his extreme intelligence and even more extreme social maladjustment combined with arrogance, which is a source of endless fun. Intelligent, complicated and very witty. I didn't like Moriarty too much, but Sherlock and Watson are great enough to compensate for any possible weaknesses of this show.


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