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Pimping the US airing of Sherlock.
Since it's going to start airing in the US on Sunday, I figured I should post something today.


Introduction to the BBC's Sherlock series**

If you are completely unfamiliar with the concept of Sherlock Holmes, what planet are you from? he is a freelance detective which has been around in a fictional context since Victorian times (not this one in particular, although that would be cool) and is a kind of one-person CSI. Usually Sherlock Holmes TV shows and movies are set in the Victorian era or a similar historical era [See also the American Holmes movies with that guy from Ironman ;-)], however this one is set in modern day.

This show is the brainchild of two huge Sherlock Holmes fans; Stephen Moffat and Mark Gatiss. Their concept is that when the stories were written, they were set in modern day; that just happened to be the Victorian era at the time. In the original stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock was a man ahead of his time, using forensic science and deductive reasoning in a world where fingerprinting was an extremely avant garde idea, not officially being used in a criminal case until 1892.

Since their original publication, Sherlock Holmes depictions have by and large been inextricably linked to the Victorian era. That's where this is different.

The BBC's Sherlock Series is set in the 21st century. Sherlock uses a laptop and sends text messages. John's service in Afghanistan was in the modern war, not the war happening in the 1800's. Forensic science exists at modern levels, and yet Sherlock is still ahead of the police in solving tricky crimes.

Long-time fans of the Sherlock Holmes mythos may find the concept of a modern Holmes distasteful, or laughable, and I don't blame you at all. I did too before I gave in to the rampant squeeing spreading all over my f-list and watched the series.

The thing to remember is, this series is helmed by two of the most rabid Sherlock Holmes fanboys in existence; Stephen Moffat and Mark Gatiss. They know the original material, they've seen all the versions out there, more than likely, and the entire show came from them tossing Sherlock Holmes meta and AU plot-bunnies back and forth on long train rides while rattling around the UK working on Doctor Who. (Yes, he's that Stephen Moffat.)

They've put together a brilliant world with characters that are very true to the originals (and excellently portrayed by an excellent cast) and honours the original stories in ways a long-time fan of Holmes will appreciate. At the same time, anyone could watch this show with no pre-existing concept of who or what the characters of Sherlock Holmes are and still find it an entertaining and gripping show.

It's funny. It's intense. It's intriguing. The mysteries are fascinating, and most importantly, the bond between the characters is uniquely true to the original material. The stories were never about the Victorian Era. They were about a guy who could solve crimes by extraordinary scientific and deductive means, and they were about the guy who was essentially his only friend and the chronicler of his adventures.

Whether you are a long time fan of Sherlock Holmes, never really liked Sherlock Holmes, or only know of Sherlock Holmes as a cultural reference, give this show a try.



The BBC's Sherlock begins airing on PBS stations in the US, starting with the first episode on October 24th. Times and days may vary by region, please confirm times and channels with your local listings.


**(I might also post an Introductory Picspam if I can get the caps to cooperate)

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From: (Anonymous) Date: October 22nd, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I heard about this first from you and then nearly rear-ended a Toyota on the way to work just a couple days ago when I discovered that NPR was in fact talking about the new Sherlock BBC series being shown on PBS. And as it's airing on PBS on weekends, I don't have to fight with certain other people about viewing other programs!

Read your fanfics and can't wait to see the series that inspired them!

Sincerely,
Graymouse
Coldest Office next to the Rear Kitchen
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: October 22nd, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad to have provided an introduction Graymouse, and watch out for that traffic.
malevolent73 From: malevolent73 Date: October 22nd, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am SO EXCITED for this! You'd almost think I haven't seen them more than a few times already. Hee!
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: October 22nd, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know! It's like the difference in doing something alone and doing something as part of a larger group. Even though no one else is around you, there's still that feeling that you're sharing n a group experience, and other people are watching the same thing as you.

I'm rather excited too, and it's already done airing in Canada. Does Neilson even keep track of ratings on PBS channels?
malevolent73 From: malevolent73 Date: October 23rd, 2010 03:17 am (UTC) (Link)
That is so very true! And as far as I know, PBS IS counted by nielsen, but not for specific shows or something?

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/21/business/media/21pbs.html
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: October 24th, 2010 03:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Looks like there's some kind of a report once a week and some breakdown of shows. I hope it'll be easy to find!
ciaranbochna From: ciaranbochna Date: October 23rd, 2010 05:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh I am so watching again--since mom missed the second two on Showcase, and err, because I am obsessed..lol
ciaranbochna From: ciaranbochna Date: October 23rd, 2010 05:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I also found a Sherlock fountain pen tonight to feed my obsession--I know, I need help:P
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: October 24th, 2010 03:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Nifty!
charis_kalos From: charis_kalos Date: October 23rd, 2010 05:57 am (UTC) (Link)
what planet are you from?

Indeed!

John's service in Afghanistan was in the modern war, not the war happening in the 1800's.

And isn't that bloody depressing?

Long-time fans of the Sherlock Holmes mythos may find the concept of a modern Holmes distasteful, or laughable ..

Not at all. The core of Holmes is timeless, which is why elements of it have fitted so well into House. The Victorian era is fabulous in itself, but the character of Holmes as a man slightly outside his time works just as well now as it did then.

I LOVE THIS SHOW AS MUSH AS I LOVE THE ORIGINAL STORIES WHICH IS SAYING A LOT!!!!!!!!

Everyone must watch it!
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: October 24th, 2010 03:34 am (UTC) (Link)
And isn't that bloody depressing?

More than a little, yeah.

Everyone must watch it!

I concur!
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