The Irregulars is a British supernatural crime drama television series. It focuses on the Baker Street Irregulars, a gang of street children who in canon helped Sherlock Holmes gather evidence for his cases. However, it turns their traditional relationship upside-down, portraying the Irregulars as a "gang of troubled delinquent teens who are manipulated into solving crimes for the sinister Doctor Watson and his mysterious business partner". The series also features supernatural elements, as the Irregulars realize they are up against a dark force that threatens not only London but "potentially the entire world."[2]

The series was written by Oscar-nominated writer Tom Bidwell. In an interview with the BBC Writer's Room, Bidwell described the series as his "dream project", and said he had been pitching it for ten years.[3] The series premiered on Netflix on March 26, 2021, to mixed reviews from critics.

Main Cast

Episode Overview

# Image Title Airdate Writer(s) Director
1 The Irregulars promo 14.jpg "An Unkindness in London" 26 March 2021 Tom Bidwell Johnny Allan
As Jessie's nightmares grow worse, Bea accepts Dr Watson's job offer to investigate four kidnapped babies - and receives some unexpectedly posh help.
2 The Irregulars promo 13.jpg "The Ghosts of 221B" 26 March 2021 Tom Bidwell Johnny Allan
Broke and in trouble, Bea reluctantly partners with Jessie to find out who's stealing children's teeth. Spike spies on Watson and Sherlock Holmes.
3 The Irregulars promo 18.jpg "Ipsissimus" 26 March 2021 Tom Bidwell Joss Agnew
A gruesome murder sends Bea and her crew undercover at a country estate to determine whether the killer is part of a secret paranormal society.
4 The Irregulars promo 21.jpg "Both the Needle and the Knife" 26 March 2021 Tom Bidwell Joss Agnew
Jessie comes face to face with Inspector Lestrade at a crime scene, Bea plays cat and mouse with Watson, and Leo feels torn over his life at the palace.
5 The Irregulars promo 16.jpg "Students of the Unhallowed Arts" 26 March 2021 Tom Bidwell Weronika Tofilska
Bea discovers more about her mother's long-ago connection to Sherlock and Watson, while Billy contemplates revenge after a brutal reminder of his past.
6 The Irregulars promo 22.jpg "Hieracium Snowdoniense" 26 March 2021 Tom Bidwell Weronika Tofilska
Bea suspects a spate of stolen body parts links to an old case. Jessie approaches Sherlock about her nightmares. Leo makes a stand for his future.
7 The Irregulars promo 23.jpg "The Ecstasy of Death" 26 March 2021 Tom Bidwell Joss Agnew
After demanding the truth from Watson, Bea joins a plan to catch the Linen Man. Jessie fights her fears. Spike scrambles to keep his friends together.
8 The Irregulars promo 1.jpg "The Ecstasy of Life" 26 March 2021 Tom Bidwell Joss Agnew
As London descends into chaos, Bea and her crew head underground, where together they face untold terror in a dangerous quest to locate the rip.

Production

The production of the series was first announced in late 2018.[4] Cast details were announced in December 2019, including Thaddea Graham, Darci Shaw, Jojo Macari, McKell David, and Harrison Osterfield as the Irregulars; Henry Lloyd-Hughes as Holmes; Royce Pierreson as Dr Watson; and Clarke Peters as the mysterious "Linen Man".[2] Aidan McArdle was later revealed to be playing Inspector Lestrade,[5] with Rory McCann and Sheila Atim playing additional villains called the Birdman and the Tooth Fairy. [6]

Filming for the series commenced in September 2019 in Chester, Liverpool, and other locations, and was expected to continue through May 2020.[7] Additional filming took place in Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent in October.[8] In March 2020, production was suspended due to the global Coronavirus pandemic; filming resumed in August in Ellesmere Port after a five-month hiatus, and finished in mid-September.[9][5]

The series' soundtrack was composed by Paul Haslinger.[10]

Shortly before the premier of Season 1, it was reported that the Netflix renewed the series for a second season, with filming planned to begin in summer 2021.[11]

Reception

The Irregulars received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a critical approval rating of 79% based on 28 reviews, with an average rating of 6.57/10.[12] On Metacritic, the series has a weighted average critical score of 60 out of 100 based on 12 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[13] Critics complimented the series' young leads, but criticized the show for uneven execution of its ideas and often predictable, formulaic plotting. Audience scores on both sites were more negative, with Rotten Tomatoes returning an approval score of 46% with an average rating of 2.9/5, and Metacritic displaying an average user score of 5.6/10.

Nevertheless, The Irregulars was ranked second on the Top “Shows on the Rise” for the week ending March 28 by Rise Ratio[14] and is currently the second most watched show on Netflix.[15]

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