If you haven’t watched the BBC’s first season of “Sherlock” and you don’t know who Benedict Cumberbatch is, chances are you’ll soon be seeing his pretty, pretty face somewhere soon. But until then, let me just give you a preview:
Up against Matt Smith for a BAFTA (Television, Leading Actor), Cumberbatch has also just finished up the wildly successful stage production of Frankenstein and completed filming Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Steven Spielberg’s War Horse. In addition, he recently signed on to star with Kiera Knightly (and possibly James McAvoy and Saoirse Ronan) in Joe Wright’s (Hanna, Atonement) adaptation of Anna Karenina. Cumberbatch’s take on an updated and Moffatized Sherlock Holmes is brilliant; sometimes sullen and others, comical, he is always intense. With only three episodes per Series, it’s a long wait in between and I really wish it would become a weekly. But with Cumberbatch’s exploding career, that seems unlikely.
This past week, Steven Moffat tweeted a pic and a message:
Filming had been slightly delayed as Watson portrayer, the outstanding, Martin Freeman, was finishing up with The Hobbit (Bilbo Baggins).But Series 2 is now in progress and a couple of details have been leaked. The three episodes will be: “A Scandal in Bohemia,” “Hound of the Baskervilles” and “The Final Problem,” with Moffat writing the first and last and Mark Gatiss (writer/co-creator) handling “Baskervilles.” “Sherlock” is expected to air in the UK this fall, with the US airing episodes Spring, 2012. Series 1 is available on DVD.