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 – Caitlin Moran – The Times

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock, the BBC’s modern day imagining of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective. Co-created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss and co-starring Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) as John Watson.

Series 1 aired in summer 2010 to instant critical acclaim and huge numbers. Series 2 debuted in January 2012 to viewing figures in excess of 10 million and glowing reviews.

Series 3 of Sherlock was the most watched drama series on BBC 1 in a decade.

The series has been showered in awards nominations.

To date for playing Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch has received an Emmy award (2014), Emmy nomination (2016), two BAFTA Nominations for best actor (2012) & (2011), Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a mini series or movie (2013), Broadcast Award nomination for best actor (2013), National Television Award for best detective (2014), Virgin Media Award for best actor (2013), National Television Awards nomination for best actor (2013 and 2010), Critics Choice Award for best actor in a mini series (2012 & further nomination in 2014), Satellite Award for best actor in a mini series or movie (2012), TV Choice Award for best actor (2012) & nomination (2014),  PAAFTJ Award for best cast in a mini series or movie (2012), Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actor (2013 – awarded jointly with Parade’s End and 2011- awarded for both Sherlock & Van Gogh: Painted with Words) and two Crime Thriller Awards for best actor (2012 and 2010).

Series 3 premiered in the UK on New Years Day 2014. It received record ratings making it the most watched drama programme on television for over a decade. It was nominated for 12 Emmy Awards and won 7 including the best actor in a mini series or movie award for Benedict Cumberbatch and best supporting actor in a mini series or movie for Martin Freeman.

On 2 July 2014 it was announced that Sherlock would be returning with both a special and a new series of 3 episodes.

A special – Sherlock The Abominable Bride aired on New Year’s Day 2016 gaining an overnight audience of 8.4 million viewers. To date it has been nominated for 6 Emmy Awards including a further best actor in a mini series or movie nomination for Benedict Cumberbatch.

Series 4 began filming in Spring 2016 and finished in August 2016. It is likely to air in early 2017.

Sherlock series 1-3 and The Abominable Bride are available to buy on dvd and blu ray. They can be purchased in our shop

Series 1

Series 2

Series 3

The Abominable Bride

Series 4



Transcripts & Q&As

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