Blowing away the fog of the Victorian era, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic detective Sherlock Holmes enters the 21st century in a thrilling contemporary version. A massive hit when it aired this summer in the UK, Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Atonement, The Last Enemy) in the title role, and premieres with three criminally clever whodunits on MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! on Sundays, October 24, 31, and November 7, 2010 at 9pm.
Created by the celebrated story-telling team of Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Coupling) and Mark Gatiss (Doctor Who, The League of Gentlemen), Sherlock co-stars Martin Freeman (The Office UK, Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy) as Dr. John Watson, Holmes’s best (and only!) friend. Just as in the Conan Doyle original, John is a retired army doctor, wounded during service in Afghanistan. A chance encounter brings him into the strange and thrilling world of Sherlock Holmes whose cases he begins to write up – as online blogs.
(Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock)
Now earning rave reviews for his leading role in TerrenceRattigan’s After the Dance at London’s National Theatre, Benedict Cumberbatch is no stranger to MAST
ERPIECE. He co-starred in Small Island, earning a BAFTA nomination for best supporting actor; he played the lead in The Last Enemy; and he won best actor at the Monte Carlo Television Festival and a Golden Nymph Award for his starring role in To the Ends of the Earth. Not to mention, MYSTERY! is almost a family affair for him, since his father (Timothy Carlton) has played characters on Poirot, Foyle’s War, and Inspector Lewis; and his mother (Wanda Ventham) has appeared on Inspector Lewis and had a recurring role on Hetty Wainthropp Investigates. Keeping the original family name for his own acting career, Cumberbatch notes that its antiquated ring makes “LA agents think I’m a Dickens character.” Although he has yet to play a Dickens part, he has done practically everything else. He gave a BAFTA-nominated performance as physicist Stephen Hawking on the BBC drama Hawking, he was the villain in the
acclaimed feature film Atonement, he played Scarlett Johansson’s pompous husband in the movie The Other Boleyn Girl, and he was the male lead in Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler at the Almeida Theatre under the direction of Richard Eyre, for which he received Olivier and Ian Charleson award nominations. Looking ahead, Cumberbatch will play the lead in the feature film Last Star, appears in The Whistleblower and Four Lions, and has just been cast in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming World War I epic, War Horse.
This is a brand new Sherlock made by people who love the original stories, so each adventure is packed full of details, places, idiosyncrasies, plot elements, phrases, each with its own 21st-century twist. For example, the first episode, “A Study in Pink,” includes the clue, “Rache,” which was pivotal in the first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet, published in 1887. But beware! Each mystery is fiendishly new.
The cast also features Rupert Graves (The Forsyte Saga, God on Trial) as Inspector Lestrade—the best Scotland Yard cop there is, but a man wise enough to know when to call in the consulting detective his staff call “freak.”
In an age of forensic detection, it is still Sherlock’s brilliant brain and powers of deduction which crack the following baffling cases:
A Study in Pink – Sunday, October 24, 2010, 9 to 10:30 p.m.
A wave of suicides grips London, but Sherlock suspects the victims are not, as the police believe, voluntarily swallowing poison capsules. “We’ve got ourselves a serial killer,” he declares. “I love those!” With his newfound friend and flat mate, John Watson, he seizes on the minute details of the most recent victim, a lady dressed entirely in pink, to reveal a mastermind with the perfect cover—and a diabolical motive. But can Sherlock escape becoming the next “suicide”?
The Blind Banker — Sunday, October 31, 2010, 9 to 10:30 p.m.
A banker and a journalist recently returned from the Far East are both shot dead by a killer who can seemingly walk through walls. Sherlock and John follow the trail to London’s Chinatown, where an ancient Chinese puzzle, an antiquities curator on the run, and a mysterious book that everyone in London seems to own hold the solution to the murders. Meanwhile, John’s new love interest finds herself caught in the middle of a very memorable date!