Watched the first part of the new BBC two part Sherlock Holmes And The Baker Street Irregulars while running a render this afternoon. Not another adaptation of a Conan Doyle but a new story inspired by his work. I’d been a bit nervous they might have gone all Robin Hood Men in Gap on it. I’m pleased they didn’t which isn’t to say it hadn’t been made accessible to a modern audience. The only time the modern fingerprints were left all over the crime scene was when David Bowie’s Little China Girl was worked into the score for a trip to China town. A well put together story. Not entirely sure about Jonathan Pryce as Holmes but I often find there’s something unsatisfying about his performances. As this is pitched at children some aspects of Holmes’ character will no doubt be brushed under the carpet until they read the books. Fortunately Bill Paterson’s Dr. Watson was good. Not the bumbling fool Watson is sometimes turned into but a specialist in his own field and a concerned companion of Holmes. The Irregulars all put in good performances.
I would link to the BBC web site if they had anything other than press announcements. Fingers crossed it gets the ratings and a demographic that the BBC like so they’ll make more because I think I could find myself watching more of this. There arn’t many Sunday tea time dramas I’ll say that about.