Sherlock 1.01 A Study in Pink (2010, Crime Detective Drama) – 7/10 TV review

Cast / crew
Benedict Cumberbatch: Sherlock Holmes
Martin Freeman: Dr. John Watson
Writer: Steven Moffat
Co-Creator: Mark Gatiss
Writer (Original Works): Arthur Conan Doyle
Producer: Sue Vertue
Director: Paul McGuigan
Phil Davis: Jeff
Executive Producer: Mark Gatiss
Executive Producer: Steven Moffat
Executive Producer: Beryl Vertue
Actor (uncredited) Mycroft Holmes: Mark Gatiss

Sherlock 1.01 Study in Pink, A (2010)

Three suicides in a row; all for seemingly stable people, all via the same poison pill, all in places where they shouldn’t ever be. The police consider them linked but you can’t have serial suicides. A fourth victim causes the police to turn to self-appointed consulting detective Sherlock Holmes who insists this is the work of a serial killer and who is breaking in a new flat-mate, Dr. John Watson.


Martin Freeman. Crack-shot adrenalin-junkie soldier. No. Freeman aside, this is a impressive start for a new show based on the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his consulting detective (‘I’m the only one because I invented the job’) Sherlock Holmes. The update to present-day works fine and there is enough clever stuff to make Holmes appear brilliant as he translates information into the most likely explanation. The only notable mis-step is the Moriarty reveal which is unnecessary and required the use of the episode’s only horrible scene; sadly, with our hero being horrible. The remainder of the final half-hour is masterful stuff (and a major addition to the A Study in Scarlet source story) as the episode absolutely entices you and Holmes into a chat with the murderer (a fantastic Phil Davis) and leaves us with the question as to which pill was the good pill. Leaving the audience wanting more and talking about it is a great sign.

This Sherlock episode contains brief graphic gun violence, brief unpleasant torture scene.


Classified 12 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over.


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