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