10 things to know about BBC series Sherlock

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One of the biggest TV series, BBC’s “Sherlock”, returned on screen with its season 4 on New Year’s day (Sunday, Jan 1).

The crime drama is based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Sherlock season 4 aired two years after season 3, excluding a special episode “The Abominable Bride” (2016).

The premiere episode of Sherlock season 4 was titled ‘The Six Thatchers’. The next episode will be ‘The Lying Detective’ to be aired on Jan 8 (next Sunday). The concluding episode to be aired on Jan 15 is yet untitled.

Here are 10 things you should know about the popular TV series:

1. English actor Benedict Cumberbatch plays Sherlock, while his assistant Doctor John Watson is played by Martin Freeman.

2. Though crime and criminals keep changing in every season, Sherlock’s duel with “criminal mastermind” Professor James Moriarty (played by Irish actor Andrew Scott is a recurring feature.

3. The show is mostly shot at Cardiff in Wales. Exterior shots of Sherlock Holmes and 221B Baker Street residence of Watson are taken at North Gower Street in London.

4. So far, 13 episodes have been produced in the series.

5. The first season was aired in 2010 with three episodes – “A Study in Pink”, “The Blind Banker” and “The Great Game”. It got a Metacritic rating of 85/100.

6. The second season, produced in 2012, featured “A Scandal in Belgravia”, “The Hounds of Baskerville” and “The Reichenbach Fall”. It had a Metacritic score of 91/100.

7. The third season in 2014 had “The Empty Hearse”, “The Sign of Three” and “His Last Vow”. It scored 88/100 on Metacritic.

8. A 7-minute episode – “Many Happy Returns” – as a Christmas special was released in 2013 on BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button service, and BBC’s YouTube channel.

9. “Sherlock” won the Best Drama Series at BAFTA awards in 2011. Freeman won the Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Dr. Watson.

10. The series was nominated in multiple categories at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards (2011) and 64th Primetime Emmy Awards (2012).

“Sherlock” won Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (Cumberbatch), Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (Freeman) and Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (producer Steven Moffat) in 2014.

It also bagged the Best Television Film at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards (2016).

(Sources: BBC, The Telegraph, International Business Times)

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Sreya Basu

Sreya is based in Kolkata. She is a Senior Editor of Big Wire.

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