Martin Freeman as John Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes in BBC's Sherlock walk together after solving their first case as a team in episode 1


The PBS/BBC’s production of “Sherlock” begins not with himself, but with John Watson.

Martin Freeman lies in a bed for the opening of episode 1,

Sherlock title card for Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman showing over close up skin Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson stand together in the dark

The best part of the series of course is the relationship between Martin Freeman’s John Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes.  They save each other in every way.John Watson in Sherlock lit from the window

Sherlock smells the secondhand cigarette of a client.
Sherlock Holmes and a naked
The lighting is especially luscious in “The Woman” Irene Adler’s apartment.
Key art for the final season of Sherlock
Sherlock, Season 4 premieres January 1, 2017 on MASTERPIECE on PBS. Picture shows: John Watson (MARTIN FREEMAN) and Sherlock Holmes (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH)

Visual effects overlay on Sherlock

SHERLOCK is overlayed in text over a holding cell lit from two toplights and two sides.
The lighting is especially phenomenal in many of Mycroft’s locations.










Sherlock in his apartment, hands raised as he jumps on his couch

One scene I can watch again and again is from Season 4, Episode 2: The Lying Detective.  Sherlock, very high, is shooting a gun all over his flat as he recites much of the famous Shakespeare speech from Henry V over a rousing orchestra playing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony’s Ode to Joy:

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; or close the wall up with our English dead… Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide, Hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit To his full height. On, on, you noblest English, Whose blood is fet from fathers of war-proof!  And you, good yeoman, Whose limbs were made in England, show us here The mettle of your pasture; which I doubt not; For there is none of you so mean and base, That hath not noble lustre in your eyes.  I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips, Straining upon the start. The game’s afoot…

Benedict Cumberbatch in a rousing Henry V monologue as Sherlock Holmes, gun in hand, arms raised


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