Guy Ritchie recently brought an audience back to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic literary detective with last year’s holiday hit Sherlock Holmes. Now BBC is counting on the audiences who loved the film to tune in to their series re-imagining, Sherlock. Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss — who have done wonders for Doctor Who as the series’ respective showrunner and writer — are responsible for the contemporary update, said to “ground the forthcoming tales in reality, and appease ardent fans of the classic tales.” Benedict Cumberbatch (Atonement) takes the role of the titular detective while Martin Freeman (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) plays his loyal sidekick Dr. John Watson.
Hit the jump for images, more details, and the official synopsis for this promising series.
Directed by Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin), Sherlock will play out in three ninety-minute installments (which seems more like a miniseries for U.S. audiences) on BBC One with a projected premiere date sometime between July 24th and July 30th. Though I haven’t checked out Doctor Who, friends having nothing but good things to say about it. And I absolutely loved Moffat’s work on Coupling, a far superior British version of Friends.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Sherlock Holmes was always a modern man. It’s the world that got old. Now he’s back as he should be: edgy, contemporary, difficult – and dangerous – in three new dramas on BBC One.
Watson, a doctor, soldier and war hero, is fresh from military service in Afghanistan. A chance encounter brings him into the world of Sherlock Holmes, a loner, detective and genius. The two men couldn’t be more different, but Sherlock’s inspired leaps of intellect, coupled with John’s pragmatism, soon forge an unbreakable alliance.
A woman in pink lies dead in a derelict house, the fourth in a series of impossible suicides. DI Lestrade is the best Scotland Yard has got, but even he knows he can’t compare to the young man who can tell a software designer by his tie or an airline pilot by his thumb.
Sherlock has a unique analytical mind, earning his living and staving off boredom by solving crimes. The weirder and more baffling the better…
Across three thrilling, scary, action-packed and hugely entertaining episodes, Sherlock and John navigate a maze of cryptic clues and lethal killers to get at the truth.