Sherlock (2010–2017)
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A Scandal in Belgravia 

Sherlock must confiscate something of importance from a mysterious woman named Irene Adler.


Paul McGuigan (as Paul Mcguigan)


Steven Moffat, 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
Una Stubbs ... Mrs. Hudson
Rupert Graves ... DI Lestrade
Mark Gatiss ... Mycroft Holmes
Andrew Scott ... Jim Moriarty
Louise Brealey ... Molly Hooper
Danny Webb ... DI Carter
Andrew Havill ... The Equerry
Todd Boyce ... Neilson
Oona Chaplin ... Jeanette
Richard Cunningham ... Timid Man
Rosemary Smith Rosemary Smith ... Married Woman
Simon Thorp ... Businessman
Anthony Cozens Anthony Cozens ... Geeky Young Man


Following a bizarre stand-off with master criminal Moriarty, ended when the villain responds to a phone call, Sherlock interrupts his investigation of a rural slaying when summoned to Buckingham Palace. Dominatrix Irene Adler has incriminating photos of a royal princess which Sherlock is engaged to retrieve; however, having engineered a meeting with Irene, Sherlock realizes that she has far more dangerous evidence in her possession, sought by rogue CIA agents, which causes her to fake her death and pass the facts, encrypted in her camera phone, to Sherlock. Having deciphered the explosive result and discovered a government plot, Sherlock has to consider if Irene can be trusted and indeed if she is in league with Moriarty. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Did You Know?


The episode begins with the resolution of the swimming pool scene that ended the previous episode Sherlock: The Great Game (2010). The new scene was shot 18 months after the earlier part of the scene (as the writers were not then sure what they would want to do yet). If you look closely, you might detect Sherlock's face is a bit fuller and Watson is wearing a wig. See more »


Near the end, when Mycroft is talking to Watson, he folds his hands and places his head on them. In the next shot, his hands are a couple of inches away from his face. See more »


[first lines]
[during the stand-off over the bomb, Moriarty's mobile rings]
Moriarty: [embarrassed] Do you mind if I get that?
Sherlock Holmes: Oh, no, please. You've got the rest of your life.
Moriarty: [answers phone] Hello?
Moriarty: Yes, of course it is. What do you want?
[He mouths, "sorry." to Sherlock, who mouths back, "Oh, it's fine."]
Moriarty: [listens, then shouts] Say that again!
[normal voice]
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References Crimewatch UK (1984) See more »


Opening Titles
Written by David Arnold and Michael Price
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User Reviews

Don't lose time reading this, go and watch this movie immediately!
16 April 2015 | by gondikenSee all my reviews

That, my friends, was beyond television. Maybe one movie a year (maybe!) comes out as good as this Sherlock episode. I am embarrassed to say that I've seen this only now in 2015, and my God, I'm still shaking. This is my first ever review on IMDb, bear with me..

The story, the acting, the editing, the music, the atmosphere, the scenery and camera angles, the twists and turns.. This movie/episode had all 10/10. There was not a single moment that I got bored or distracted. And it's not only the excitement; it's how every little piece in the story links to each other, the details, the emotions... If you pay attention, even the background music evolves during the whole episode, starting with just unplugged sounds from Sherlock's violin; and ending with a whole-out orchestra as the story concludes. Which movie does that???!!!

Thank you, whoever involved in this production. Seriously.

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Release Date:

6 May 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Scandal in Belgravia See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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