The Observer – Euan Ferguson – 8 January 2012
Principal among the feisty delights was of course the return of Sherlock. Which shouldn’t by any stretch of the imagination have managed to get better, yet somehow managed to do just that.
The Telegraph – James Walton – 7 January 2012
The result was 90 minutes of television so richly enjoyable that I’m already beginning to wonder if we’ll see anything better all year.
The Times – Caitlin Moran – 6 January 2012
The next hour and a half were, to be scientific, as good as it’s possible for television to be: other programme-makers must have been biting their wrists in a combination of jealousy and awe.
The Independent -Tom Sutcliffe – 2 January 2012 (5 stars)
Sherlock is a Rolls-Royce of popular entertainment, beautifully engineered and beautifully finished.
The Times – Sarah Vine – 2 January 2012
Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are electrifying as one of the greatest double-acts of all time.
Huffington Post – Caroline Frost – 2 January 2012
So Sherlock came bouncing onto our screens last night and managed, in what seemed like ten minutes but was more like a couple of hours, to bring us more wit, visual invention, suspense and romance than we’re likely to see for the rest of the year.
The Telegraph – Chris Harvey – 1 January 2012
Cumberbatch, meanwhile, deserves an entry of his own. He perfectly catches the point at which intellectual detachment turns towards cruelty. Sexy is a word that springs to mind.
The Guardian – Sam Wollaston – 1 January 2012
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are just right too, as Holmes and Watson. Their funny lop-sided relationship – a mixture of admiration and frustration in one direction, teasing to the point of bullying in the other, but genuine affection too, in both directions – is perfect.
The Independent – Neela Debnath – 1 January 2012
Cumberbatch and Freeman are terrific as the odd couple and their friendship feels genuine.
Den of Geek – Louisa Mellor – 1 January 2012
Sod the law of diminishing returns, A Scandal in Belgravia proves that the more Sherlock we’re given, the better it gets.
Radio Times – David Brown – 1 January 2012
In the space of just four episodes, Cumberbatch has certainly done enough to earn that deerstalker (and Martin Freeman his cheese cutter), so let’s hope they keep up the high quality when they encounter a certain fearsome hound.
Cult Box TV – Rob Smedley – 1 January 2012
It’s difficult to describe just how good A Scandal in Belgravia is without descending into gibbering hyperbole.
Digital Spy – Morgan Jeffery – 12 December 2011
But there’s one element from last year that’s absolutely unforgettable – our dashing, wild, funny and quite possibly sociopathic hero. Benedict Cumberbatch continues to impress here – far from resting on his laurels, the actor adds subtle new shades to his central performance.
Den of Geek – Louisa Mellor- 7 December 2011
Clever, funny, cheeky, dark, complex, and visually imaginative yes, but boring? Not for a minute.
Radio Times – David Brown – 8 December 2011
What’s undeniable is that Cumberbatch is considered, not least by the effusive audience members, to be the most dashing screen Holmes of all time.