Sherlock (2010– )
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A Study in Pink 

War vet Dr. John Watson returns to London in need of a place to stay. He meets Sherlock Holmes, a consulting detective, and the two soon find themselves digging into a string of serial "suicides."

Director:

Paul McGuigan

Writers:

Steven Moffat, Arthur Conan Doyle (based on the works of) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Sherlock Holmes
Martin Freeman ... Dr. John Watson
Rupert Graves ... DI Lestrade
Una Stubbs ... Mrs. Hudson
Louise Brealey ... Molly Hooper
Vinette Robinson ... Sgt Sally Donovan
Tanya Moodie ... Ella
Siobhan Hewlett ... Helen (as Siobhán Hewlett)
William Scott-Masson ... Sir Jeffrey Patterson
Victoria Wicks ... Margaret Patterson
Sean Joseph Young Sean Joseph Young ... Gary (as Sean Young)
James Duncan James Duncan ... Jimmy
Ruth Everett Ruth Everett ... Political Aide
Syrus Lowe Syrus Lowe ... Political Aide
Katy Maw Katy Maw ... Beth Davenport
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Storyline

Wounded in Afghanistan while in the Army, Dr. John Watson returns to contemporary London and, through a mutual acquaintance, becomes a flatmate at Mrs. Hudson's 221B Baker Street apartment with brilliant if eccentric private investigator Sherlock Holmes. There have been three identical apparent suicides, and Inspector Lestrade asks for Sherlock's intervention over the fourth, the suspicious death of Jennifer Wilson. As she lay dying she wrote 'Rache' upon the floor and Sherlock deduces that this is not just the incomplete name of her stillborn daughter "Rachel" of many years earlier but the password of her mobile phone. This leads Sherlock to confront a terminally ill serial killer who slays people, in part, to show superiority over the rest of society, and who is determined to make Sherlock his next victim. Written by don @ minifie-1 / edited by statmanjeff

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Sherlock has John text the murderer to request a meeting at 22 Northumberland Street. Holmes and Watson then sit by the window in a nearby restaurant, surveilling the location to see if the murderer will show up. Though the building is not shown, Northumberland Street is the address of The Sherlock Holmes Public House & Restaurant, which has occupied that space for many years. It is visible using "street view" on Google Maps. See more »

Goofs

When Sherlock and John see the Taxi from the restaurant, supposedly in Northumberland Road, they run outside to chase the taxi up a road directly opposite the restaurant. When Sherlock then imagines the route the taxi will take the map starts on Wardour Street (not Northumberland Road) and there is no road directly opposite the start point as there should be. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ella: How's your blog going?
Dr John Watson: Yeah, good. Very good.
Ella: You haven't written a word, have you?
Dr John Watson: You just wrote, "still has trust issues".
Ella: And you read my writing upside down. You see what I mean? John, you're a soldier, and it's going to take you a while to adjust to civilian life, and writing a blog about everything that happens to you will honestly help you.
Dr John Watson: Nothing happens to me.
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Opening Titles
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Written by David Arnold & Michael Price
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Greatness
30 January 2011 | by freecom-1See all my reviews

Just watched it on Swedish Television (in Norway), this genial piece of modernized, classical institutionalized British fiction. It's fun and full of suspense. Freeman is perfect as Watson with his neurotic energy. Just as he is in the Office. Cumberbatch is good as the modern Holmes, much like Suchet in the role of Hercule Poirot the last 20 years. The first episode is exciting and fast pacing; reminds of the Dark Night (Batman). Sharp analysis and blending remarks of cosmic intelligence, replacing each continuously. The humor is dry and funny. Holmes'analysis of the initial dead people are clever and modern; you hold your breath while smiling.... Great photography too, dark and earthly colors... I love this episode and series, assuming that the rest is just as good. Holmes is living well in the present moment, his superior deductions are not possible for a conventional thinker, but still possible to relate to. Besides the unnecessary snide remarks about Watsons intelligence, he is as close to Buddhism as it is possible to get, west of Bhutan.


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