I’ve just seen a picture from the pilot of CBS’s new Sherlock Holmes series, Elementary. And it’s hard to miss the similarities with BBC Sherlock. Jonny Lee Miller, as Holmes, is standing there wearing an overcoat with a big collar and lapels complete with colourful scarf jauntily knotted around his neck. Replace his face with Benedict Cumberbatch and you’ve got a near-perfect match for Sherlock.
Yes, I do understand that there is plenty of room in TV land for many interpretations of this iconic character but I still feel like the BBC’s version, penned by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, has been a little ripped off here. Still, early reviews of Elementary seem to be good and it will be interesting to see how Holmes fans around the world react to the series. It will certainly raise interest in Sherlock Holmes ever higher, and this can only be good for authors like me. Time will tell . . .