Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Doctor John Watson. 13 episodes have been produced, with four three-part series airing from 2010 to 2017, and a special episode that aired on 1 January 2016.
Sherlock is produced by the British network BBC, along with Hartswood Films, with Moffat, Gatiss, Sue Vertue and Rebecca Eaton serving as executive producers.
All of the series have been released on DVD and Blu-ray, alongside tie-in editions of selected original Conan Doyle stories and an original soundtrack composed by David Arnold and Michael Price. In January 2014, the show launched its official mobile app called Sherlock: The Network.Good design is obvious.
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Sherlock is a British crime television series based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories.
Moffat and Vertue became interested in casting Cumberbatch as the title character after watching his performance in the 2007 film Atonement.
The actor was cast after reading the script for the creative team. "Cumberbatch", says The Guardian,
"has a reputation for playing odd, brilliant men very well,
and his Holmes is cold, techie, slightly Aspergerish".
Cumberbatch said, "There's a great charge you get from playing him, because of the volume of words in your head and the speed of thought—you really have to make your connections incredibly fast. He is one step ahead of the audience and of anyone around him with normal intellect. They can't quite fathom where his leaps are taking him."
Piers Wenger, head of drama at BBC Cymru Wales, described the series' rendering of Sherlock as
"a dynamic superhero in a modern world, an arrogant, genius sleuth driven by a desire to prove himself cleverer than the perpetrator and the police—everyone in fact". Addressing changing social attitudes and broadcasting regulations, Cumberbatch's Holmes replaced the pipe with multiple nicotine patches.
The writers believed that Sherlock should not talk like
"a completely modern person", says Moffat, but were initially intent that "he never sounded like he's giving
a lecture". Moffat turned the character "more Victorian" in the second series, capitalising more on Cumberbatch's "beautiful voice" to make it sound like "he's giving a lecture".
13 episodes have been produced, with four three-part series airing from 2010 to 2017, and a special episode that aired on 1 January 2016.