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Sherlock is a British Television series produced by Hartswood Films for the BBC, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as John Watson. It airs on the BBC in the UK, and on PBS in the USA. It was created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. The producers are Sue Vertue and Elaine Cameron and the executive producers are Beryl Vertue, Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Bethan Jones and Sue Vertue.

There have been four series, each consisting of three 90 minute long episodes, one each written by Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and Steve Thompson. Directors to date include Paul McGuigan (four episodes), Euros Lyn, Toby Haynes, Jeremy Lovering, Colm McCarthy and Nick Hurran (one episode each).

Series three premiered on the 1st January, 2014 on BBC One in the UK and on PBS Masterpiece in the USA on the 19th January, 2014. The third series has become the BBC's most watched drama series since 2001[1] and as of January, 2014 the series finale was the most tweeted about single episode of a drama series ever.[2]

A special episode aired on the 1st January, 2016

Series four premiered 1st January, 2017.

Critical reception has been highly positive, with many reviews commenting on the quality of the writing, performances and direction.[citation needed]


Sherlock is a contemporary update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the world's only consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes, and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson. Una Stubbs appears as their landlady, Mrs Hudson, Rupert Graves as DI Greg Lestrade, Louise Brealey as Specialist Registrar Molly Hooper and Mark Gatiss as Sherlock's older brother Mycroft Holmes.


Main article: Sherlock (2010): Episodes

Series One (2010)[]

  1. "A Study in Pink" (aired 25 July 2010)
  2. "The Blind Banker" (aired 1 August 2010)
  3. "The Great Game" (aired 8 August 2010)

Series Two (2012)[]

  1. "A Scandal in Belgravia" (aired 1 January 2012)
  2. "The Hounds of Baskerville" (aired 8 January 2012)
  3. "The Reichenbach Fall" (aired 15 January 2012)

Series Three (2014)[]

  1. "The Empty Hearse" (aired 1 January 2014)
  2. "The Sign of Three" (aired 5 January 2014)
  3. "His Last Vow" (aired 12 January 2014)

Special (2016)[]

  1. "The Abominable Bride" (aired 1 January 2016)

Series Four (2017)[]

  1. "The Six Thatchers" (aired 1 January 2017)
  2. "The Lying Detective" (aired 8 January 2017)
  3. "The Final Problem" (aired 15 January 2017)

Tie-in websites[]

Main article: Sherlock tie-in websites

The BBC produced several websites, written by Joseph Lidster, which tie into the show by creating a website or blog mentioned within the series.



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Sherlock was well received, gaining many positive reviews and several awards.[citation needed]

After Series One aired Sherlock was sold to over 180 different countries.[3]


  • Best Actor – Benedict Cumberbatch, Broadcasting Press Guild awards [4]
  • Best Drama Series and Best Drama Writer (Steven Moffat) – Royal Television Society Programme Awards.[1]
  • Best Supporting Actor – Martin Freeman, British Academy Television Awards
  • Best Supporting Actor – Andrew Scott, British Academy Television Awards
  • Best Movie/Miniseries Actor – Benedict Cumberbatch, The Critics' Choice Television Award

Cast and Characters[]

Main article: Sherlock (2010) Cast

Main Cast[]

Recuring characters[]

External links[]

Official Sites[]

Useful Websites[]

Useful Fansites[]

Social Media[]


  • Mycroft typically has a lesser role in episodes solely written by Mark Gatiss (who plays Mycroft). Exceptions are episodes co-written with Steven Moffat.
  • With the exception of Season 4, Sherlock tends to end a season on a cliffhanger.

See also[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Jones, Paul (-2014-01-22). "Sherlock is most watched BBC drama series for over a decade". Radio Times. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "RT" defined multiple times with different content
  2. Dekker, Kay (2014-01-13). "Moriarty's return and Sherlock's girlfriend help His Last Vow break Twitter record". Radio Times.
  3. (2011-12-08). "Interview with Steven Moffat". BBC.
  4. Dowell, Ben (2013-05-14). "Parade's End marches away with four Broadcasting Press Guild awards".