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.
The series has been showered in awards nominations.
To date for playing Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch has received two BAFTA Nominations for best actor (2012) & (2011), an Emmy nomination for best actor in a mini series or movie (2012), Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a mini series or movie (2013), Broadcasting Press Guild Award nomination for best actor (jointly with Parade’s End) (2013), Broadcast Award nomination for best actor (2013), 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), Satellite Award for best actor in a mini series or movie (2012), TV Choice Award for best actor (2012), PAAFTJ Award for best cast in a mini series or movie (2012), Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actor (2011- awarded for both Sherlock & Van Gogh: Painted with Words) and two Crime Thriller Awards for best actor (2012 and 2010).
Series 3 will premiere in the UK on New Years Day 2014. It will then switch to Sundays for the remaining two episodes on 5 January and 12 January respectively. Sherlock series 3 will air in the US on Masterpiece PBS on 19 January 2014 at 10:00 p.m.