Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have taken the key elements of Conan Doyle’s great work, and updated it for a modern audience. Crisp dialogue, gorgeous cinematography and pacy direction all make this show a huge success.
Benedict Cumberbatch brings a great deal of nuance to the lead role, and more than a touch of Withnail at times. Martin Freeman delivers his everyman charm well in the role of Watson suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder following a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
What’s really interesting is how the BBC have augmented the standard episodes with a selection of mini-sites featuring additional insights into the lead characters. They include:
The science of deduction
Holmes’ detective consultancy featuring random puzzles and postings.
Dr John Watson’s blog
Provides a lot of back story surrounding the character.
There are also sites for Holme’s landlady (a cat lover) and other peripheral characters but will leave you to discover those for yourself.
It’s really good to see the BBC make such an effort to enrich their drama with social media. Previous successful experiments for Psychoville, have clearly demonstrated there is an audience appetite for increased interaction.