Friday, 9 July 2010


[14.33 - French Time] The BBC has announced that Sherlock, the "reimagining" of Sherlock Holmes by Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat and actor, screenwriter and novelist Mark Gatiss, will be aired during Week 30 (24-30 July).
Benedict Cumberbatch is Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman is John Watson in this 3 X 90-minute series produced by Moffat's Hartswood Films for BBC Wales. Beryl Vertue, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss exec produce. Piers Wenger is executive producer for the BBC and Sue Vertue (Steven Moffat's wife) produces.

Last May, Broadcast revealed that the Beeb dumped all the footage from the original 60-minute version of Sherlock (which costed an estimated £800,000) after deciding to turn the drama into a 3 x 90-minute series. Footage couldn't be re-used because of the story arc, the complexity of the script and the introduction of new characters, explained an insider to the website. To which a BBC spokeswoman said the original commission was always intended as a pilot.

Anyway it can always make a nice DVD bonus. We'll see to what extent Sherlock is affected by the budget cuts which weighed on Hustle, Spooks or even Doctor Who's fifth series. And if Steven Moffat's contribution to this reinvention of Arthur Conan Doyle's characters matches the genius of his work on Jekyll.

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