Holmes Sweet Holmes
The BBC ‘Sherlock’ reboot opening episode was just about perfect in the way it transposed past and present, adding layers of meaning to both – it managed not to offend purists, and brought much that was new (and entirely logical) to the party. The addition of modern graphics and gadgetry felt oddly Victorian. Like most classic crime, the puzzles take precedence over procedure – and this matched the spirit of the original. Running gags like the substitution of nicotine patches for cocaine and the way in which the pair are always being comfortably assumed to be lovers worked brilliantly.
Then, with the second show, it all went horribly wrong. Suddenly we had sinister orientals with blow-darts, Fu Manchu types lurking in railway tunnels, graphics used in an entirely spurious fashion and no Lestrade. What century were we in? Certainly not the 21st. So now, the jury remains out to see if they can get back the balance that worked so perfectly at the start.
And with the renewed popularity of all things Sherlock, you may be interested to know that I’ve written a second Holmes Story (‘The Lady Downstairs’ was my first, recorded by Hannah Gordon).
‘The Adventure Of Lucifer’s Footprints’ will appear in ‘Gaslight Arcanum: Uncanny Tales Of Sherlock Holmes’, the third in the series of new dark tales concerning the world’s only consulting detective.