The Year of Sherlock Holmes

A year ago today I watched Sherlock Holmes at the Omni Vue in Edinburgh. And it kicked off a year of Sherlock-ian stuff. Well, okay, it’s not like I went to 50 Sherlock Holmes-related events or something, but I did go to three (which is a lot since that sort of thing doesn’t really come my way often) and besides, I attended the same university as the creator of Sherlock Holmes. ha.

(Incidentally, for the past week or two, I’ve been re-reading all the Sherlock Holmes short stories. I think I’m about 3/4 through.)

The Sherlock Holmes movie was quite fun. (I rambled about it here.) It was definitely a whole lot better than Avatar, which I saw the day after.

Then there was the Sherlock Meets His Violin concert at Usher Hall in May.

I think the violin was made from the wood of a tree that Conan Doyle planted… or grew in his backyard or something. Shucks, I don’t remember anymore. (Day, help me out here…) But I do recall that it was nice hearing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in full and in person. Front row seats too. haha

And when the Fringe rolled around in August, there was “Sherlock Holmes and the Sound of the Baskervilles.”

Nothing awesome there – small amateur production. The thing I remember most vividly about it was that they had some girl playing Miss Marple and she was really… shrill.


OH! And the BBC produced a Sherlock Holmes mini-series which aired at the end of July. Now that was awesome.

I did have a bit of a tricky time adjusting to Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes because I’d just seen him in Third Star at the end of the film festival, where he played a terminally-ill man who goes on a road trip with three of his buddies. Because he’s so so so pale as well, I kept thinking of him as a terminally-ill Sherlock Holmes. Took a while to knock that thought out.

But overall I really liked how they’d updated Sherlock Holmes. If you haven’t seen it and you like Sherlock Holmes, I highly recommend it! The third and last episode (the UK likes mini-series, for some reason) was incredible. I usually don’t like hanging endings but this one seemed perfect.

… Which is why when I heard that they’re making a second season I was rather disappointed. It feels like it would detract from the impact of that last episode (The Great Game). But hopefully they pull it off well?

(And I have just realised that Martin Freeman, who played Dr Watson, is supposed to be Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit? According to Wiki anyway. Hm. Interesting.)

The BBC mini-series trailer:


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