Sherlock is a thrilling, fast-paced British-American crime drama, that brings Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s much-loved character into the 21st century.
We love watching this crime-solving duo fix the streets of 21st century London. You’ve got to hand it to the Sherlock team, each series has left us all wanting more.
Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, Sherlock is an action-packed crime drama aired on BBC One, based on the characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the Sherlock Holmes detective stories, dating back to 1887.
Who is Sherlock?
Played by Benedict Cumberbatch, the reimagined Sherlock Holmes is a private detective who solves modern-day murder mysteries in 21st century London, together with his partner Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman). Working regularly with Scotland Yard, he maintains a complex relationship with his police colleagues, led by DI Greg Lastrade, who regard him with a mixture of irritation and awe.
Cumberbatch's version of Conan Doyle's famous detective brings the character's darker side to life: a self-confessed sociopath with extraordinary observational skills and a mind for crime like no other, Sherlock is obsessed with solving mysteries - and for him, the more baffling the crime, the better.
Many of Sherlock's episodes are based on Conan Doyle's original stories, but while Moffat and Gatiss have brought a contemporary twist to the original tales, one thing that remains is Sherlock's ongoing battle with his arch-nemesis, the criminal mastermind Professor Jim Moriarty.
Sherlock: Entertaining viewers all over the world
Solving the most bewildering of cases, Sherlock Holmes has been capturing the public’s imagination for over 130 years. Despite the change in times, this ageless character continues to fascinate and entertain people all over the world, especially in the BBC’s latest incarnation.
His international appeal is nothing new. In 2012, Guinness World Records declared Sherlock Holmes the most-portrayed character in history, having been depicted on-screen more than 250 times.
Americans can't get enough of him either; with average U.S. viewing figures of 4.1 million, the BBC’s Sherlock is one of the most popular programmes on America’s Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
Whilst there have been many fantastic portrayals of this complex character, there’s little doubt that Benedict Cumberbatch’s take on this famous detective has been one of the keys to the show’s success.
The success of the 21st century Sherlock
With Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of the character earning him much acclaim, it’s no surprise that the critical reception of this modern update has been extremely positive, with many praising the quality of the writing and acting in the BBC show.
Sherlock has won numerous awards including nine Primetime Emmys, eight BAFTAs and two Critic's Choice Television Awards, among many others, and was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2013.
What does the future hold for Sherlock?
The third series became the UK’s most-watched drama since 2001. A special edition episode set partially in Victorian times aired in 2016 and, after the conclusion of the latest series in 2014, anticipation had been building for well over a year ahead of the next full instalment before Cumberbatch and Freeman finally returned to our TV screens for a fourth series in January 2017.
But what of the future? Benedict Cumberbatch has recently hinted that the show's fourth series may be its last, telling the Telegraph: “This new series goes to a place where it will be hard to follow on immediately. We never say never on the show, but in the immediate future we all have things we want to crack on with, and we’ve made something very complete as it its. So I think we’ll just have to wait and see."
Steven Moffat has also commented that the fourth series could be the show's last, pointing out that both Cumberbatch and Freeman are “film stars” now and adding that he was “amazed” that the showrunners had managed to get them both back for a fourth series.
However, Moffat did offer a little more hope for the show's fans. Commenting on the small number of episodes in each series, Moffat said: “There’s never going to come a time when we do a longer run, because this is what the series has become. It’s an occasional treat where you get three movies.” But he added that, because of this: “That’s why I think it’s unlikely that we’ve completely finished it. There would be nothing strange in stopping for a while. It could go on forever, coming back now and again.”
We'll be keeping our fingers crossed...
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