New Modern Day Sherlock Holmes TV Series on the way

A new six part BBC series which is a modern take on Sherlock Holmes has been announced by the BBC. In this new version Holmes and Watson will played by Benedict Cumberbatch  and Martin ‘The Office’ Freeman. The show will be written by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.


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The new Holmes

BBC Wales Drama, BBC One and Hartswood Films announce Sherlock, a contemporary remake of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Starter For Ten, Stuart A Life Backwards) as the new Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman (The Office, Hot Fuzz) as his loyal friend, Doctor John Watson.

Rupert Graves (God On Trial, Midnight Man) plays Inspector Lestrade.

The drama is co-created by the amazing partnership of Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Coupling) and Mark Gatiss (The League Of Gentlemen, Doctor Who, Crooked House) and produced by Sue Vertue (Coupling, The Cup).

The 1 x 60-minute episode, written by Moffat, will shoot in January 2009 and will be directed by Coky Giedroyc (Virgin Queen, Blackpool, Oliver Twist).

Sherlock is a thrilling, funny, fast paced take on the crime drama genre set in present day London.

The iconic details from Conan Doyle’s original books remain – they live at the same address, have the same names and, somewhere out there in the London of 2009, Moriarty is waiting for them.

Piers Wenger, Head of Drama, BBC Wales, says: “Our Sherlock is a dynamic superhero in a modern world, an arrogant, genius sleuth driven by a desire to prove himself cleverer than the perpetrator and the police, everyone in fact.”

Usually I’m not a fan of remakes/ revisioning of things but I do like the idea of this. Steven Moffat who was behind the brilliant new take on Jekyll starring James Nesbitt and new Dr Who show runner will helm the project. Hopefully he’ll be able to work his magic on the Baker Street duo as he did with the infamous Jekyll and Hyde character.

I would have been just as happy with a brand new Sherlock Holmes series set in the era of the books but as Jeremy Brett did such and ace job with his interpretations of the novels then maybe hitting it from a different angle is a better way to go to keep it fresh for attract a new audience.

In the old Basil Rathbone movies they did update Holmes and stick him in the thirties battling Nazis and such so this isn’t a new idea.

I think Freeman could make a pretty decent Watson (they’re obviously going for a younger version of Holmes and Watson).

I remember watching a show called The Last Enemy which was fantastic and it’s star was Benedict Cumberbatch.  I  thought he was ace in that and given the look of him as well I think he could make for a very good Holmes, if the script is good.

Given Moffat’s kickass work on Doctor Who and the aforementioned Jekyll this has the potential to be something special

GS Reporter: Nuge

Source: BBC

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