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PBS Launching New Sherlock Holmes

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 23rd 2010 9:29AM
benedict_cumberbatch_viewimagesBBC Worldwide and PBS have decided that it's time for a new 'Sherlock Holmes.' The 1984 series, which ran ten years and 41 episodes, had Jeremy Brett as Sherlock and is still widely regarded as the best Holmes since Basil Rathbone's incarnation in the movies, but after the success of Guy Ritchie's kinetic Robert Downey Jr. version last Christmas, the people in a position to make things happen are ready to give us a 21st century variation on Holmes and Watson and 221B Baker Street.

Thus far the casting is promising. Martin Freeman, who is best known as the British version of Jim in the UK 'The Office,' will play Dr. Watson. In the role of Sherlock, the actor chosen is named Benedict Cumberbatch. That's a great name for an actor cast as Holmes; it just sounds so British. But Benedict also has the look of a Holmes, and he was in 'Atonement' and was nominated for a BAFTA playing Stephen Hawking in a BCC drama.

As a traditionalist, I enjoyed Brett's arch interpretation of Holmes, and keeping the stories in period were a plus. When you hear 21st century spin, you get weird ideas that they're going to reinvent Sherlock a bit too much. Ritchie did, making him more of a brawler than a thinker. All that martial arts and grundge was not very Holmesian, but movie audiences still bought the last 'Sherlock Holmes.' Here's hoping the BBC/PBS version is closer to the Brett that the Ritchie.

Also coming from BBC/PBS is the remake of 'Upstairs Downstairs' which we reported on in 2009. And Rufus Sewell is coming back to TV. After the failure of 'Eleventh Hour,' he'll be doing a three-episode series based on the stories of Italian detective named Aurelio Zen by novelist Michael Dibden.

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J.D.Fisher

As far as I'm concerned, it doesn't get any better than Jeremy Brett's Holmes. However, I'm excited to see a decent new incarnation. Robert Downey Jr. is a talented artist - but has no business playing Sherlock Holmes.

October 03 2011 at 2:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BC McKinney

Benedict Cumberbatch has been in some good stuff, including 'To the Ends of the Earth' and 'The Last Enemy'.

February 23 2010 at 2:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jm tuffley

The new Sherlock series is being writen by Stephen Moffat (Coupling, Doctor Who) and Mark Gatiss (League of Gentleman, several New Doctor Who Eps, among others).

February 23 2010 at 11:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Willmore2000

13 year old me had no choice but to notice that the actor has both Cum and Batch in his last name. And if you want to get creative, Dic, as well.

February 23 2010 at 10:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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