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Time for a TV update from my living room. I watch quite a lot of crime drama including CSI:Las Vegas, NCIS, Criminal Minds and Castle. All American. However, one program that I love is one made right here in the UK. The new 3 episode series of Sherlock returned to our screens on New Years Day.

The end of 2010 saw a new take on the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories and characters starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson. It was truly great. Witten by Steven Moffat (Dr Who) and Mark Gatiss (A League Of Gentlemen) who have put a completely new spin on the legendary detective that many in the world still think actually existed. Its a great blend of modern day technology and old fashioned storytelling.

The old rivalry between characters is still there. Inspector Lestrade and Sherlock tolerate each other, but the respect is still there and Holmes likes nothing better than to make Lestrade look foolish as demonstrated in the very first episode using text messages via mobile phones which we get to see on screen in a very unique and original way. Each episode has been loosely based on an actual Holmes story with the title varied slightly, so “A Study In Scarlet” becomes “A Study In Pink” for the updated version, which was in fact nominated for an Emmy.

The first series had great viewing figures and we have had to wait over a year for the second set of 3 episodes, the first of which has just been shown on BBC1 this week. This was partly due to an extended filming schedule but I also think that the fact that Martin Freeman is appearing as Bilbo Baggins in the upcoming The Hobbit movie delayed things a little, but it was worth the wait.

A Scandal In Belgravia” saw the introduction of Irene Adler played here by Lara Pulver. A character whom Holmes held in high esteem. I don’t know if we will see her again, but judging from this pic from the episode, I certainly hope so. This story was a cracker; extremely cleverly written and with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing although it is in the execution of the story on-screen that makes it all work. Cumberbatch is ruthlessly deadpan yet annoyingly intelligent. Freeman is a great foil and plays the partner in solving crime as good as I have seen. It’s not all about the action, he uses his talents in other places.

The BBC has also published a few tie-in websites, one of which is Dr. John Watson’s Blog that gets updated all the time with entries and these are referred to in the show. It’s a nice little touch and allows the viewer to be  more involved in the Sherlock world. For anyone that hasn’t yet seen this brilliant series, I urge you to watch it. For fans of crime dramas, this is definitely for you, here is the Series One promo trailer, I hope you enjoy it enough to want to see more. I can’t wait for the next episode and its such a shame that there are only three in a series. =)