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There is not much on regular television that captures my attention these days. Instead, I find myself mostly hidden in amongst the public television stations we get where I am often immersed in everything Austen and Cranford and Larkspur to Candleford and, of course, Ken Burns is usually on somewhere, teaching me history as only he can. My favorite right now is yet another fine British import – three cheers to my British blogging pals out there. We love your BBC features.

Have you seen Sherlock?

 

The third episode airs here tonight at 8:00 on Masterpiece Theater and I will be sitting on the couch eagerly waiting for it to begin.

I’m usually not one for making an old story modern, but this adaptation of Sherlock Holmes is brilliantly done. Each episode situates  me on the edge of my seat. The whole time, I perch, listening and watching, thrilled  at the thrilling, just a bit tense, and loving every minute of watching Holmes and Watson on the trail of a crime, using cell phones and GPS systems, computers and the latest technology  in this 21st interpretation of the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Benedict Cumberbatch (don’t you love his name?) plays Sherlock Holmes.  Magnificently. I found myself smiling in episode one as he rubs his palms together and his eyes seem to gleam with excitement as he relishes a series of thought-to-be suicides turning into murders instead. Why am I smiling at murders? So odd, but then, Sherlock is played a bit oddly and that is half the fun.

We  follow Watson as well, back from Afghanistan and using a cane, as he suddenly starts running, swiftly, adrenaline pumping, as the crimes intensify in the first episode.

Really, if you haven’t seen this yet, I suggest you try to catch the first episode to follow a bit easier.

But, if you can’t find the first episode, forget about it, and just watch whatever episode is on where you live.  You will want to watch them all over again anyways.

I love the use of texting on the screen as we follow Sherlock’s thought process in solving a crime (which is much easier than trying to follow my thought process right now – ha). I love Martin Freeman as Watson, and I love the apartment they share

at

221 B Baker Street

Sherlock is brilliant – oh, I already said that now, didn’t ? – and edgy and timely, while still carrying the tone of the original stories.

Let me know what you think.

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