Sherlock (2010– )
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The Reichenbach Fall 

Jim Moriarty hatches a mad scheme to turn the whole city against Sherlock.


Toby Haynes


Steve Thompson, Arthur Conan Doyle (based on the works of) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) | 2 more credits »

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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
Katherine Parkinson ... Kitty Riley
Vinette Robinson ... Sgt Sally Donovan
Jonathan Aris ... Anderson
Tanya Moodie ... Ella
Tony Pitts ... Chief Superintendant
Jaye Griffiths Jaye Griffiths ... Prosecuting Barrister
Ian Hallard ... Defence Barrister
Malcolm Rennie Malcolm Rennie ... Judge


Moriarty comes close to stealing the Crown Jewels to prove it might be done but allows himself to be caught. Sherlock gives evidence at the trial where Moriarty has scared the jury into acquitting him and later visits Sherlock, camply taunting him with his superior computer skills, seemingly capable of any crime. Sherlock rescues two children abducted by his enemy, but his brilliantly accurate deductions, leading police to believe he may have been an accomplice in the kidnapping, get him arrested, going on the run with John. After a further encounter with Moriarty, who has persuaded a journalist to publish that he is an innocent actor paid by Sherlock to masquerade as his enemy for Sherlock's own glory, the two meet atop a very high building. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

20 May 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Katherine Parkinson, who played journalist Kitty Riley in this episode, did a series of Malteasers adverts with Amanda Abbington, Martin Freeman's long-term partner. See more »


As Moriarty is writing "Get Sherlock" on the case of the Crown Jewels, one shot shows that he has already written the "She-" of Sherlock and the next shot shows him just starting to write it. See more »


[first lines]
Ella: Why today?
Dr. John Watson: [long pause] Do you want to hear me say it?
Ella: Eighteen months since our last appointment.
Dr. John Watson: Do you read the papers?
Ella: Sometimes.
Dr. John Watson: Um, and you watch telly?
Dr. John Watson: You know why I'm here.
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Crazy Credits

Certain letters in the credits of each Sherlock season 2 episode are red in color. In "The Reichenbach Fall" the red letters spell out the word "Believe". See more »


References The Departed (2006) See more »


Opening Titles
Written by David Arnold and Michael Price
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It doesn't take sherlock to figure out that this episode was mind-blasting!!!!! :D
17 January 2012 | by dharabhiabhiSee all my reviews

So i saw the finale of sherlock season 2 today thinking it would be another good episode of sherlock, but i was wrong in all ways possible! Good is an understatement, this was definitively the best episode of television i will see this year unless of course breaking bad would pull off a stunner. Season 2 tried to portray the sherlock as more "human" and this finale completes the arc brilliantly. The acting, the direction and the writing( oh god the writing!!) were simply outstanding. The episode had a brilliant blend of drama, emotion and edge of the seat suspense. In most of sherlock episodes you know that sherlock is going to solve the crime , its just about how he does it and who is the main culprit, but this episode just kept me guessing. I had no idea what was going to happen, every second was a " will he or wouldn't he" type of moment. The final 20 minutes took the show from brilliant to whatever is much better than that. Martin freeman was brilliant in the emotional moments completely justifying peter Jackson wanting him for the hobbit and even Benedict cumberbatch got a chance to show the emotional yet reserved side of sherlock, which i think he did beautifully. All i can say is season 3 -"where are thou?"

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