I have a new favorite TV show. Besides The Good Wife, that is. And it's the BBC's production of the modern Sherlock Holmes. And while I have nothing against the movie starring Robert Downey, Jr, that came out recently, this new Sherlock is heads above it. It's funny, fast paced, and even kept Mike Geraci up way past his bedtime (which is saying something for a TV show).
The premise is pretty much like the books, except it's set in 21st century London. Played by Benedict Cumberbatch (you couldn't make up a name that good) Sherlock Holmes is as arrogant and brilliant as ever. And Dr. Watson? The fact that he's being played by Martin Freeman, one of the best and probably most underrated British actors is a huge plus. You might remember Martin from the British version of The Office or maybe from the film Love, Actually (he played the porn star). I'll probably get lots of boos on this one, but I'm one of the few people who feels kind of blah about Love, Actually. I loved some of the stories, but others left me pretty cold. The porn star love story and the rocker/manager story were my favorites by far. Although I did love seeing the Hugh Grant dance scene.
Okay, so Sherlock Holmes. PBS. Sunday nights. Masterpiece Mystery Theatre. Narrated by Alan Cumming (another absolutely fabulous actor, who coincidentally, also happens to star in The Good Wife).
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