Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sherlock is Back!

by Maggie Sefton


For those of us who love Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous sleuth, Sherlock
Holmes, we are in luck.  The wonderful PBS Masterpiece series' production of "Sherlock Holmes" is back on television this summer.  There were six episodes in Season 4 which aired last year.  This version stars Benedict Cumberbatch, and some of us think his is one of the very best depictions of the fascinating Holmes character.


I tried to cut and paste one of the photos from the TV production of "Sherlock," but no go.  Probably copyright protection, and as an author, I have NO objections to that.  :)  


Last week was the first of the six episodes.  Check your TV schedules to see when your PBS station will be carrying the series.  We're very fortunate in my area of Colorado because we  actually have two Denver PBS stations which do not duplicate programming in 90% of their scheduling.  So, we have a GREAT selection available.


Check your TV schedules, and if you do not see it scheduled, call your local PBS television station and ask "Why not?"  :)   PBS stations are known for paying attention to their viewers and the local audience.  And, if you have never seen Cumberbatch's depiction of Holmes, you are definitely in for a treat.  :)  


And, I'll give you a teaser alert----one of the six episodes involves the fascinating female character Irene Adler.  If you've never seen these Benedict Cumberbatch episodes, then I'll simply say that you will see    one of the most sensuous (or, if you prefer sensual) depictions of Holmes and Adler's verbal interactions and dialogue I've ever seen on television OR on the stage.  And I've been fortunate enough to actually see Jeremy Brett in the London production of a Sherlock Holmes mystery adventure.  Up until Benedict Cumberbatch, Jeremy Brett's performance was my favorite.  Now, my vote is for Cumberbatch.   No contest.  :)    Watch and  Enjoy!    

14 comments:

Joan Varner said...

It's not on our PBS station yet. They have provided the last two seasons so I am praying that they won't disappoint me this summer. I absolutley loved Jeremy Brett and as an older Holmes he is still the best in my opinion. That being said, Benedict does an awesome job as a modern Sherlock.

Casey said...

Here in southern CA, they are showing repeats of Season 3 beginning September 6th. Season 4 and 5 are planned but probably won't show in America until 2016. There is a Christmas special episode planned for December 2015

Kathleen Costa said...

"It's elementary, dear Watson." There have been many memorable performances in the name of Sherlock Holmes, but I will always place at the top of the list...Jeremy Brent! He epitomized Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's vision!

Anonymous said...

This is totally off subject, but I wanted to let Lorraine (or in this case Lorna) and Maggie know that I've now read both "A Fatal Sentence" and "Purl Up and Die." Both were very good although I had the murderer figured out in "Purl Up and Die" long before Kelly did. Cordella

Anonymous said...

Oops, that should have been "A Fatal Chapter." Sorry. Cordella

Amanda Towne said...

Everything I've read online says that Season 4 won't be premiering until 2016. :/

Maggie Sefton said...

I loved Jeremy Brett's performance, too. I actually waited outside the stage door with other audience members in London to see him. He was as delightful in person as he is on stage and on film. Wow, that was years old. Tempus sure fugits. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

You're right, Casey. I totally spaced how many seasons we've already had. :) Just checked Google again, and they do have a Christmas special this year set in 1895, can you believe? :)

Maggie Sefton said...

I loved Jeremy Brett's version too. Wonderful!

Maggie Sefton said...

Good for you, Cordella! :)

Maggie Sefton said...

You're right, Amanda. I got ahead of myself. :) Just checked and there's also going to be a Christmas special this year. I do hope it's not "silly."

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I LOVE this show, Maggie! We have binge-watched to the end of season 3 and CAN'T wait for Season 4. I'll even take silly at Christmas. XO

Duffy Brown said...

I love this show too!! Have watched every episode so many times I think I can recite the dialog. Best Watson ever.

Amanda Towne said...

Whew! Thought I was going to have to start a letter writing campaign to our local station! :)