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|Name:||Sherlock Holmes (BBC)|
Sherlock Holmes, as adapted by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss for the BBC Miniseries Sherlock, is a modern reinterpretation of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic. The series is set in 2010, in modern London. (All Sherlock Holmes canon is in the public domain in the UK.(1))
I won't waste time trying to define who Sherlock Holmes is. As ever, he is a brilliant, high functioning sociopath with love of adventure and a deep, abiding hatred of boredom. Let me instead tell you how this character has been updated for the 21st century.
He has none of the Victorian manners that keep him from speaking frankly to -- well, anyone. He feels he has no intellectual peers and he does not hesitate to express his disdain for common mortals around him. He seems to be universally reviled by the members of the police force he assists, with the possible exception of Inspector Lestrade. Lestrade, of course, sees the benefit of Holmes' brilliant powers of deduction. He will cater to Sherlock's whims in pursuit of justice, no matter how bizarre they might seem. (Holmes is notorious for asking people to turn around and not face him because their presence is disrupting his thought process, among other things.)
He is an avid user of technology. He has a website wherein he documents his cases, and offers his services as a consultant. (http://www.thescienceofdeduction.co.uk) And he relies heavily on his mobile phone, preferring to use text messages to actually calling people. He doesn't smoke a pipe, instead preferring a three-nicotine patch habit. (Comments on his website indicates he was a cigarette smoker at one point and time). He does play the violin.
He's recently taken on a roommate, Dr. John Watson, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, and the only person whose company he not only tolerates, but actually enjoys. Watson has a quick mind, and is as much of a thrill chaser as Holmes is, even though he's loathe to admit that. Holmes is definitely a bad influence on Watson, just as Watson is somewhat of a mitigating force on Holmes. (Although not as much as he'd like to believe.)
He is misanthropic genius with a pathological desire to outwit everyone. He also takes great glee in getting himself into trouble and then getting out again.
Sherlock Holmes is from Sherlock, and is the property of Steve Moffat, Mark Gatiss & BBC One. He appears here solely for the purpose of role-playing in milliways_bar (among others), from which no profit whatsoever is being made.
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