I was never a fan of the Granada Television “Sherlock Holmes” series with Jeremy Brett, which probably makes me some sort of philistine. Mrs. Pajiba-hyphenate has seen them all something like half-a-dozen times, and the DVDs seem to alternative between her family members every Christmas. I’ve been subjected to them on numerous occasions, but there’s something a little too stuffy about them for me to connect with.
Which is to say: I won’t be bothered by the reboot. In fact, I’m enthusiastic about it, if only because Martin Freeman* (Shaun of the Dead, BBC’s “The Office”) will be taking over the Dr. Watson role. Freeman never quite caught on as a big-screen actor, and I think this will suit him just fine.
The new take on the series will update it for the 21st century. I’m not entirely sure what that means — my guess is that it will be the PBS version of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, but given just how conservative PBS is, I wouldn’t expect a huge shift. Don’t get your knickers in a twist — it won’t be some hyper-fueled “CSI” with a brawny Holmes and a sexpot Watson. It probably just means a new cast, and better lighting, and maybe a few more witticisms.
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, from Atonement and Starter for 10 has been cast as Holmes. He looks like this:
It may also interest BBC fans to know that they’re remaking the high-society British soap, “Upstairs/Downstairs,” as well.
*This would also suggest that Freeman, as once rumored, will not be cast as the lead in the new Hobbit film.