I’ve just come across this lovely quote from Stephen Moffatt, creator of BBC Sherlock – ‘Other detectives have cases, Sherlock Holmes has adventures, and that’s what matters.’
It is this sense of adventure that really sets the original 56 stores apart from other detective fiction. Holmes and Watson have adventures, and we love sharing in them. They don’t just work with the police to solve murders – they enthusiastically bound off in pursuit of evil step-fathers, missing brides, wronged lovers, jellyfish and red-haired eccentrics. Sometimes, no actual crime has been committed but the mystery remains fascinating.
BBC Sherlock captures this very well, as did the Granada series. Elementary is too much of a police procedural, too typical of the crime drama genre. Jonny Lee Millar’s Holmes dutifully works with the police in a very official capacity as consultant, investigating grisly murders that are straight out of CSI.
BBC Sherlock is 90 minutes of pure adventure. Fast, fun and a televisual event that deserves complete concentration. Elementary is something I watch while eating my tea – (perhaps not a great idea when people are getting their throats cut and bleeding to death)
It’s been quite a week for Sherlock fans. The first script read-through for series 3 began on Monday 11th March, with filming due to start on the 18th. Benedict Cumberbatch has confirmed that series 4 has already been commissioned. The adventure continues . . .