Thats what i try to explain to people who find a modern setting Sherlock to be something the regular fans of the books, other Victorian setting Sherlock stories cant possibly like.It's faithful to the (spirit of the) books in an entirely different way to the Jeremy Brett adaptations, allowing me to really like all three.
Sherlock series 3: The Empty Hearse synopsis | Den of GeekThe BBC confirmed yesterday that Sherlock's third series would air at some point in its festive fortnight of television, between the 21st of December 2013 and the 4th of January 2014. It was also kind enough to release an official synopsis for the Mark Gatiss-written episode one of the new series, The Empty Hearse:
"Two years after the devastating effects of [Series 2's finale] The Reichenbach Fall, Dr John Watson has got on with his life. New horizons, romance and a comforting domestic future beckon. But, with London under threat of a huge terrorist attack, Sherlock Holmes is about to rise from the grave with all the theatricality that comes so naturally to him. It’s what his best friend wanted more than anything, but for John Watson it might well be a case of ‘be careful what you wish for’! If Sherlock thinks everything will be just as he left it though, he’s in for a very big surprise..."
UPDATED: Sherlock series 3 starts on January the 1st | Den of GeekIt's official! Sherlock series 3 starts in the UK on Wednesday the 1st of January, New Year's Day...
Update: The BBC has confirmed that episodes two and three (The Sign Of Three and His Last Vow) will air, respectively, on Sunday the 5th and Sunday the 12th of January on BBC One.
Sherlock: Martin Freeman's grumpy audition nearly cost him Watson role | Television & radio | theguardian.comSherlock actor Martin Freeman has revealed how he almost missed out on the role of Dr John Watson because he was so grumpy at his audition after the theft of his wallet.
The Hobbit actor stars with Benedict Cumberbatch in the modern-day adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, which returns to BBC1 on New Year's Day.
Mark Gatiss, the detective drama's co-creator, told the Radio Times that Freeman's wallet had been stolen on the way to his audition.
Freeman, who had never read any Arthur Conan Doyle before going up for the role, said that because he "wasn't in the best frame of mind" he gave the impression that he did not want to be in the show, which has become a huge hit.
He told the magazine: "I'll admit maybe I was a bit stressed. But a week later my agent rang and said, 'Listen, this Sherlock thing, they're sort of under the impression you weren't that into it.'
"And I said 'Oh … I am really interested. Please call them and let them know that I am interested.'
"I wasn't being blase about it at all. I just wasn't on my best day. So I came in again, read with Benedict and it instantly worked, it seemed to me … I thought he was a fantastic actor and there was something about our rhythms, similarities and differences that meant that it just happened."
Freeman, whose real-life partner, the actor Amanda Abbington, stars as his new love-interest in the next instalment, said the drama was "writing for grown-ups, where you're not having to cheat the audience".