Sherlock (2010–2017)
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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 »




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 ... 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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Did You Know?


The man who provides the voice over at the planetarium is Peter Davison who played the fifth doctor in Doctor Who (1963). See more »


At the beginning Sherlock is smugly correcting a prisoner's use of past and present tense. In particular, "I WEREN'T a real man" to "I WASN'T a real man". However, at the end, Sherlock incorrectly asks the question "What if I WAS to shoot you now? Right now?". Which, of course should be what if I WERE to shoot you right now" [the subjunctive]. See more »


[first lines]
Sherlock Holmes: Just... tell me what happened from the beginning.
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References The Pearl of Death (1944) See more »


The Planets: Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
Composed by Gustav Holst
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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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Release Date:

7 November 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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