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First Details on Sherlock’s New Season

BY Jennifer Griffin

Published 10 years ago

The second season of BBC’s Sherlock is underway and details on casting, episode titles and the Sherlock Holmes stories they based on are starting to emerge.

As before, the new series will play out as three 90 minute episodes, each based on a Sherlock Holmes mystery, but containing a fresh twist or plot development that allows audiences to be surprised and entertained by the material.  The three adaptations are among the most famous and well loved of the Sherlock Holmes adventures, so fans have reason to be excited about what’s to come.

Mark Gatiss explains the choice of material was no accident. “Having had a successful first run, we knew that the natural order would be to do the three most famous things, so we’re doing a version of [those three stories]. They just fall like that, and then it’s a question of how to get out of that [series one] cliffhanger!”

The episodes we can look forward to in season two are:

2.01 A scandal in Belgravia, based on the short story A Scandal in Bohemia.

This is essentially a love story for Holmes, who becomes fascinated by a woman called Irene Adler when she successfully manages to outwit him.  I look forward to seeing what Steven Moffat will do with this twisted love story material.

2.02 The Hounds of Baskerville, based on The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Perhaps the most famous of all Sherlock Holmes stories, The Hound of the Baskervilles is the most adapted of his works on big and small screen.  Written by Mark Gatiss and containing plenty of Gothic horror elements the story centers on what appears to be a savage supernatural beast.  UK’s Being Human werewolf Russel Tovey confirmed via Twitter that he will be playing Henry Baskerville, the final Baskerville being hunted by the beast.

2.03 The Reichenbach Fall, based on The Final Problem from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.

Steve Thompson (Doctor Who) has writing duties on this particular story, which seems to me to be ripe for a grand season finale, including an epic battle between Moriarty and Holmes.  The original story featured a struggle by a waterfall.  How might Moffat’s version differ from the source material?

Which story are you most looking forward to?  I think each offers something unique – a love story, a gothic horror and a high stakes drama season finale.  For my own part, I’m looking forward to A Scandal in Belgravia, just for the pleasure of watching Bennedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock outwitted and out of his comfort zone.  I think it’s going to be an episode with a great mix of intrigue and laughs.  I can’t wait.

Sherlock returns to screens in the UK this Autumn and will most likely appear State Side shortly afterwards on PBS.

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