In 2010 British TV viewers saw a new crime drama based on the Sherlock Holmes detective stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. While the original stories were written between 1887 and 1927, the new TV series had a contemporary setting and characters. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the private detective in in modern-day London and is helped by his friend and ex-soldier, Dr Watson, played by Martin Freeman. In this new adaptation Holmes uses modern technology like the Internet and smartphones to solve crimes. The director justified this by saying that the original Holmes used any possible way to solve crimes and the new version does the same, he just has modern technology available to him.

Many of the episodes reflected the original stories in some way, starting with the first ever episode A Study In Pink which refers to Doyle’s first story A Study In Scarlet (1887). Both critics and public loved the modern adaptation as it was fun and intelligent but stayed strangely similar to Conan Doyle’s original creation. It was nominated for many awards including BAFTAs, Emmys, and a Golden Globe and received a 100% score on the famous Rotten Tomato website. Like with the original Holmes, viewers never know if there will be more stories or not!!  Watch the trailer!

Illustration by Alarico Gattia, taken from A Study in Scarlet, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Reading & Training, Step Four (CEFR B2.1)