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There have been many screen adaptations of Arthur Conan Doyle’s canonical work, but this modern day re-imagining of ‘Sherlock’ is by far the most engrossing.

As ever, Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and faithful sidekick Doctor John Watson (Martin Freeman) apply their deductive skills as they attempt to solve mysterious crimes in London and a few other select locations. Dubbed a high-functioning sociopath, Sherlock battles his own addictive nature as well as his inability to relate to his clients, but a decent balance is struck between himself and the far more empathetic Watson.

While much inspiration has been taken from the original stories and other ingenious plots and characterisation developed by Mark Gatiss (who also plays Mycroft Holmes) and former Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat, ‘Sherlock’ delivers something for fans of the old and for people who like something a little more current.

With a sufficient amount of comedy thrown into the dramatic folds, each ninety minute episode largely comprises of a self-contained story, as well as building on a more ambitious, overarching plot, largely involving Sherlock’s notorious nemesis, Jim Moriarty (Andrew Scott). The talents of Cumberbatch, Freeman and Scott add much to the show, as do recurring/guests stars that include Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves, Amanda Abbington, Jonathan Aris, Russell Tovey, Phil Davies and Toby Jones.

With such highly sought after leads it’s unsurprising that production takes so long, each series having a two-year gap between broadcasts (not counting the special episode in between series three and four). This may add some disjointedness between series as each is set in the same time frame it takes to create, but it redeems itself overall.

So don’t fret I’ve you yet to view this wonderful adaptation of ‘Sherlock’, as with the fourth series having recently concluded chances are they’ll be plenty of time for you to catch up.

And you won’t be sorry if you do.

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