Sherlock Holmes – A Scandal in Belgravia (Series 2, Episode 1 of 3)

So let me get this straight – oh where are my manners, happy new year everyone – according to Dr Watson, yes he of Sherlock Holmes fame (BBC One HD) all one has to do is begin a blog, write about crime, speckled blondes and such like, offer my services as a private detective and the hits will come? Simples! So here I am then, I’m now standing back as I watch a wave of adoring fans enter the blog, virtually of course – as I don my deerstalker hat for anonymity! Welcome one and all, you can of course contact me in the usual ways or if you prefer a one on one – I do charge of course – then I can be found along with my non deerstalking companion – Dr Watson – at 221B Baker Street. Series 2 is now available to pre order.

Sherlock Holmes starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman has once again returned to our screens in the UK, once again showing what the BBC does best – drama. Following the plaudits from series one it was always going to be hard following up such a successful debut but Paul McGuigan (Director) and his team have triumphed, makes no bones about it this is a classy performance.

A case of blackmail threatens to topple the monarchy itself, but soon Sherlock and John discover there is even more to it than that. They find themselves battling international terrorism, rogue CIA agents, and a secret conspiracy involving the British government.

But this case will cast a longer shadow on their lives than they could ever imagine, as the great detective begins a long duel of wits with an antagonist as cold and ruthless and brilliant as himself: Irene Adler.

Production values are slick, if possible slicker than last year, the acting is sublime and Cumberbatch and Freeman light up the screen with witty banter, one liners and arguments. The on screen graphics are back and appear when Watson is typing away on his blog or Sherlock is sizing up all and sundry – that is until he comes across Irene Adler – played by the gorgeous Lara Pulver [Spooks, True Blood, Robin Hood) – where our magnificent hero fails to read her. He just can’t work her out, she’s an enigma and roles are reversed. Sherlock is on the back foot and Adler is very much the dominant character, given her profession as a dominatrix confidence is never going to be a problem, even when dealing with the illustrious Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock – If I want to look at naked women I’d borrow John’s laptop

If you happened to miss the first series then I urge you all to go out and grab the first series on DVD and Bluray. What a magnificent way to begin a new year – splendid job Holmes, elementary.

One wonders if Sherlock is simply infatuated with Irene Adler for her beauty or the fact that she has outsmarted the great detective, a curious thing indeed. Adler’s beauty lights up the screen with a natural and understated elegance – when she’s not naked that is – and is nearly as thrilling as John Watson’s Christmas Jumper. Ok who am I kidding, Watson’s jumper pales into insignificance as time and time again we are treated to Adler applying her blood red lipstick, and rather seductively I hasten to add.

Credits

Sherlock Holmes Benedict Cumberbatch
Dr John Watson Martin Freeman
Mrs Hudson Una Stubbs
DI Lestrade Rupert Graves
Mycroft Holmes Mark Gatiss
Jim Moriarty Andrew Scott
Molly Hooper Louise Brealey
Irene Adler Lara Pulver
Director Paul McGuigan
Producer Sue Vertue
Executive Producer Steven Moffat
Executive Producer Mark Gatiss
Writer Steven Moffat
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