Sherlock the multi award winning British BBC TV series has become a global phenomenon since it first appeared on our screens in 2010, re-invigorated by creative geniuses Steven Moffat and Mark Gattis for the modern age.
The show despite being made sparingly is now sold to over 240 territories across the world and has won 12 BAFTAs, seven Emmy awards as well as a prestigious Peabody Award and accolades at the Edinburgh TV Festival and Television Critics Association in the US.
The ‘new age’ drug tripping detective, the super sleuth Sherlock, despite beating corpses has earned and gathered a cult following of aficionados 2010 – 2015, all of whom it seems dwell on every word and detail in the script and on the set.
Sherlock helped make superstars of its Baker St Boys. Our hero British actor Academy Award Nominee and Emmy award winning Benedict Cumberbatch, who features as British author Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved detective Sherlock Holmes, is indeed mesmerizing to watch. His star quality is in no doubt.
Emmy Award Winner Martin Freeman as his sidekick Dr. John Watson has also become a familiar friend, much like a Hobbit. He has gained a moustache and bowler hat in the all-new episode Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, which is set in the great age of housekeeping.
This was when Conan Doyle first penned his original tales of the now famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Urged on by Watson, Sherlock is wearing his deerstalker hat and smoking a pipe.
Sherlock’s latest episode has all the usual features, murder, mayhem and men entirely out of control, even if they are all trying to prove they are shrewd, sexy, savvy and ‘new age’. The chemistry between our crime fighting duo remains electric.
At our special screening the scene was set with a short doco made by Steven Moffat, explaining where the series was up to and how the set is assembled.
It proved how fanatical the series creators are about honouring the mythology and legends that have grown up around there own, as well as other visual representations of this highly successful extraordinary works of fiction.
Moffat explained in every detail all the varied aspects of the set and what they mean, and our audience certainly lapped it up.
Released at the movies in Australia in a one off landmark event on January 2nd, 2016, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride was being shown at the same time it was released on British television, just prior to it being on the cable channel STAN.
Everyone present was very animated throughout the showing. I don’t think I have ever been part of such a lively audience before.
The Palace Cinemas Como in Melbourne where I was one of the faithful was packed with fans, all eager to revisit the characters they have waited to meet again since January 2014.
This had been after Sherlock finally returned from plunging off the Reichenbach Falls in 2012 with his enemy the psychotic Moriarty in tow. At that time we all breathed a sigh of relief, as indeed did Watson, that our hero was still intact, although Moriarty was still alive until the end, when he blew his brains out.
In the ‘Bride’ the show’s central mythology remains intact.
Sherlock is indeed firmly ensconced back in his mind palace and there are all new stunning visuals, including floating clippings from a newspaper, a captivating storyline, brilliant, fast and fun dialogue delivered by actors who are all embracing their characters passionately.
Please, don’t read any more if you don’t want Spoilers!
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride as ever featured all our favourite regulars.
This includes the marvellous Rupert Graves as the confused Inspector Lestrade, the indomitable Una Stubbs as Mrs Hudson, Mark Gattis as Sherlock’s mindbender brother Mycroft, who had put on a few pounds, the delightful Louise Brealey as Molly Hooper, Amanda Abbington as Watson’s wife Mary and the deliciously psychotic Andrew Scott as Moriarty.
Sherlock has two larger than life male M’s in his life – Mycroft (Mark Gattis) his brilliant brother, who works for the British Secret service and Moriarty (Andrew Scott), his mortal enemy, both men who definitely ‘do not cook’, which is why Sherlock does not have a kitchen in this period drama.
After all as Moffat explained, this is Victorian times, when cooking was a woman’s work after all, which is the main key or clue to understanding what this episode is all about.
Molly, Sherlock’s female M, who runs the morgue, is in disguise in this.
She’s dressed as a man, as who would have let a woman work in such a situation during Victorian times.
She looks good dressed as a man, and certainly proves she’s not a drag.
This is an age today when women are once again embracing the principles of being a Suffragette, as indeed they were in Conan Doyle’s time where Watson’s wife Mary is helping to lead that charge too, working undercover as a spy for Mycroft. Even dear Watson does not know what is going on.
So don’t be too alarmed if you are a tad confused.
The main focus of this story is on a gun-toting ‘abominable’ bride who slaughters her husband on their wedding day, quite literally a shot gun wedding.
Having blown her own head off afterwards, leaving not much left behind, the ‘Bride’ comes back again later intent on murdering others.
They include the husband of Lady Carmichael, who hires Sherlock to stop the murder of her man before it happens.
Now this is not a usual outcome for Sherlock, whereby we met morph into the present as Sherlock is flying back home on a private jet with his concerned friends looking on and questioning him.
After he lapses back into a confusion packed cocaine induced coma we met morph again to a hansom cab in the gas lit streets of London, to discover what is really going on.
A warning, don’t go to see it if you haven’t viewed the series to date, it will be confusing.
The plot has more twists and turns than you can possibly imagine, with so many references to the original books and the modern day series you will have to be on your mettle to keep up.
The bride turns out to be a puzzle solver where we discover ‘fear is wisdom in the face of danger’.
So was it all just a dream after all, just a figment of Sherlock’s extraordinary imagination?
Well, perhaps we will all have to read Watson’s version in the Strand magazine if we really wish to understand.
Dead is the new sexy… is that a gun in your pocket Sherlock, or are you just pleased to see me…
Goodness, the stories still to be told.
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2016
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Written and Directed by
Steven Moffat and Mark Gatti
Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock
Martin Freeman as Watson
Amanda Abbington as Mary
Rupert Graves as Lestrade
Una Stubbs as Mrs Hudson
Mark Gatiss as Mycroft
Louise Brealey as Molly Hooper
Andrew Scott as Moriarty