Review: Sherlock, BBC1

WORK of genius or totally self-indulgent?

The televisual equivalent of Marmite returned in typically grandiose fashion on New Year’s Day on BBC1.

Quite what Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would make of the latest reworking of Sherlock is impossible to say but I’d take a guess that he would be both amused and impressed.

Of course it’s pure tosh, but it’s such high quality tosh that it has become essential viewing.

Benedict Cumberbatch as the great detective and Martin Freeman as his sidekick Watson are emerging as one of TV’s great double acts.

Few people do disdain as well as Cumberbatch.

Monday’s first episode had the bonus (for the male half of the viewing audience at least) of a naked femme fatale who may or may not have captured the great man’s heart.

The usual Sherlock gimmicks such as text messages on screen and glimpses of the great mind at work were out in force, delighting fans and infuriating traditionalists.

Created by Stephen Moffat and Mark Gatiss, who incidentally is superb as Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock is clearly a labour of love and has been brought a classic alive for a modern audience.

The Beeb should be commended for allowing them to transport their hero into the iPad era.

Comments (3)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

4:11pm Fri 6 Jan 12

Izanears says...

Ridiculous beyond words.
Ridiculous beyond words. Izanears
  • Score: 0

3:12pm Sat 7 Jan 12

Heretical says...

Great fun.....and a relief from the usual dross over Xmas.
Great fun.....and a relief from the usual dross over Xmas. Heretical
  • Score: 0

10:54pm Sun 8 Jan 12

ToffeeGuy says...

I preferred 'Endeavour'.
I preferred 'Endeavour'. ToffeeGuy
  • Score: 0
Post a comment

Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link.

click2find

Get Adobe Flash player
About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree