This Sherlock Box set contains series 1 and series 2 of the hit BBC series, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
We all like a bit of Sherlock but modern retelling is something special and has gone down well with viewers and critics alike, with the first series winning the BAFTA for best drama series. Created by Steven Moffat (who is also in charge of Dr Who) and Mark Gatiss each series contains 3 feature length episodes based on original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
This contemporary take on the classic detective stories is a fast moving, humorous adventure set in present day London. Watson (Martin Freeman) is a doctor/soldier who has returned from Afghanistan. By luck he becomes acquainted with Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) when looking for somebody to share a flat with – 221b Baker Street. Holmes is regularly asked to help Scotland Yard’s instector Lestrade on the more difficult cases and Watson finds himself assisting him.
The first episode is called ‘A Study in Pink’, obviously based on the original story ‘A Study in Scarlet’. ‘ The Blind Banker’ was the second episode where Sherlock is hired to investigate a break-in at a bank in The City. The final episode, ‘The Great Game’ ends with a huge cliffhanger where Sherlock and Moriarty reach a standoff with Watson wearing a bomb!
The first story, ‘A Scandal in Belgravia’ quickly moves on from the previous cliffhanger and Sherlock then goes on a quest to retrieve compromising photos of an unnamed royal. These are held on the phone of ‘Irene Adler’ (Lara Pulva) who is a dominatrix that has a lasting effect on Holmes.
The second story, ‘The Hounds of the Baskerville’ is based on probably the most famous Sherlock Novel, but this time set at a military base. Then finally, in ‘ The Reichenbach Fall’ Sherlock and Moriarty square up for possibly their final encounter – again leaving the series on a cliffhanger bigger than the last!