Sherlock: A Study In Pink (BBC-1 25 Jul 2010)

An exciting modern day take on the Sherlock Holmes stories begins with A Study in Pink when Sherlock Holmes, detective for hire, meets just returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, Dr John Watson. Together the pair begin investigating a series of strange and somewhat impossible suicides.

All of the ingredients we know and love are present and correct, the 221B Baker Street address, Inspector Lestrade and Sherlock’s superb analytical mind. Good casting and strong writing definitely helps. Lots to enjoy in this first episode not least the unexpected arrival of Mark Gatiss as Holmes’ brother Mycroft, working for the government in some unspecified but clearly highly top secret and important position!

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A great opener but would be interested to know if writer Moffat had recently watched the Princess Bride when he wrote the big stand off scene in the college of further education?

production details
UK / BBC One – Hartswood Films / 1×90 minute episodes / Broadcast 25 July 2010 @ 9.00pm

Writer: Stephen Moffat / Music: David A. Arnold / Director: Paul McGuigan

Series: Sherlock Season 1 Episode 1 (of 3)

guest cast
LOUISE BREALEY as Molly Hooper
TANYA MOODIE as Ella
WILLIAM SCOTT-MASSON as Sir Jeffrey Patterson
BEN-RUFUS GREEN as Reporter 1
PRADEEP JOY as Reporter 2
IMOGEN SLAUGHTER as Female Reporter
LOUISE BRECKON-RICHARDS as Jennifer Wilson
JONATHAN ARIS as Anderson
LISA McALLISTER as Andrea
STANLEY TOWNSEND as Angelo
PETER BROOKE as Handsome Man
PHIL DAVIS as Taxi Driver
SIOBHAN HEWLETT as Helen
VICTORIA WICKS as Margaret Patterson
SEAN YOUNG as Gary
JAMES DUNCAN as Jimmy
ALISON EGAN as Jimmy’s Mum
SYRUS LOWE as Aide 1
RUTH EVERETT as Aide 2
KATY MAW as Beth Davenport MP
MARK GATISS as Mycroft Holmes

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