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"Sherlock" is a detective show based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The show is a modern-day update of the Sherlock Holmes stories and first aired on BBC One and BBC HD in the summer of 2010; the show is aired on PBS stations in the United States. The show has run for two seasons, with a third scheduled to begin production in early 2013. Each season has featured three 90-minute episodes.

The show was created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, who are also the executive producers. Moffat and Gatiss also write one episode each per season, as does Steve Thompson. Each episode is based on one of the original Sherlock Holmes stories. Although each episode features many similarities to the original story, the details of the plot and the ending are often changed, keeping even devoted fans of the original stories guessing.

The title role of Sherlock Holmes is played by Benedict Cumberbatch, whose other film credits include "Hawking,""Amazing Grace," and "Atonement." His work in "Atonement" drew the attention of Moffat and Gatiss, who targeted Cumberbatch for the role. Cumberbatch has drawn praise for his portrayal of the cold and calculating Holmes; his performance caused the writers to change the character for the second series to more effectively make use of his skills.

Dr. Watson, Holmes' faithful companion, is played by Martin Freeman. His other credits include "The Office,""The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," and "Love Actually." In this modern update, Watson is a veteran from the Afghanistan conflict who struggles to adapt to life away from combat. The friendship between Watson and Holmes is a recurring theme throughout the show. Freeman won the BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actor for his work as Watson.

Andrew Scott plays Jim Moriarty, Holmes' archenemy. Scott has also appeared in "Lennon Naked,""Dead Bodies," and "My Life in Film." In casting Scott, the creators of Sherlock stated that they wanted to break the mold of Moriarty as a dull and posh villain. Scott has been praised for his portrayal of the manic and psychotic Moriarty and won the 2012 BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Moriarty.

Rounding out the cast are Una Stubbs as Mrs. Hudson, the landlady of 221B Baker Street; Rupert Graves as Detective Inspector Greg Lestrade; and series co-creator Mark Gatiss as Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock's well-connected older brother.

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3 Seasons, 14 Episodes
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  • Revisit the rogues' gallery of villains who've haunted Sherlock Holmes -- and his inner circle -- over the course of the hit series.

  • Cast members both male and female discuss the famous sleuth's relationship with women both on the page and in the hit series.

  • This look behind the scenes at the hit series features a reunion of the cast as they hold a read-through of the first episode of Series 3.

  • Lady Smallwood tasks Sherlock with locating some letters of her husband's that newspaper publisher Charles Magnussen is using to blackmail her. However, the situation turns personal when Sherlock discovers that Magnussen also holds blackmail material on someone close to him.

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Here's Ian McKellen as an Elderly Sherlock Holmes in 'Mr. Holmes' Trailer

Many actors have taken on the role of Sherlock Holmes, most recently the great Robert Downey Jr. in the movies and equally great Benedict Cumberbatch in the BBC series "Sherlock." Neither of those actors are Sir Ian McKellen, though, which is what makes this news so exciting. McKellen is set to play an elderly version of the classic character in the new movie "Mr. Holmes," and the very first trailer is out today. The film will not likely be as action-packed as other recent version of Sherlock Holmes stories or as McKellen's own other recent roles as Gandalf in the Hobbit movies and Magneto in the X-Men franchise.

Benedict Cumberbatch's Fiancee is Pregnant!

He's been known by many names—Sherlock, Khan, Smaug—but now he's about to be known by one more: Dad. "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch and his fiancée, Sophie Hunter, are expecting their first child together! A rep for the couple confirmed the news to MailOnline, saying, "I am delighted to confirm that Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter are expecting their first child. They are both over the moon." According to sources close to the couple, Sophie is "a few months along," and both parents-to-be are "very excited" about having a child.

Benedict Cumberbatch Describes What Sex with Sherlock Holmes Would Be Like

No need to look up any erotic "Sherlock" fanfiction. Benedict Cumberbatch already has some for you. The "Sherlock" star was asked an interesting question by Elle U.K. about his titular character: What would it be like for a woman to have sex with Sherlock Holmes? His answer was...descriptive. First, the preparation. Cumberbatch notes that, while Sherlock remains asexual so as not to distract himself from his work, he would do his due diligence if he did need to seduce anyone for professional reasons.

Find Out Why Benedict Cumberbatch Is 'Completely Terrified' of the Word 'Penguin'

Benedict Cumberbatch has a voice that earned him a role as Smaug in "The Hobbit." But there's one word he fully admits that he's terrified of saying. On "The Graham Norton Show," host Graham Norton brought out some viewer questions to ask of the "Sherlock" star. Most of them Cumberbatch answered without hesitation, but one caught him a bit off guard. "Of all the questions we had," Norton said, "the one that came up most often was, 'Ask Benedict to say the word penguin.

'Sherlock' Returning For Season Four, With Three Episodes and a Special!

It's coming back! "Sherlock," the hit BBC/PBS series, had its fate up in the air for a time, as both of its stars were considerably busy shooting other projects - like "The Hobbit" series in which both appear (Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, and Benedict Cumberbatch providing the voice of the dragon Smaug). However, season 4 has been announced! "It's taken a little while to get the dates sorted as none of the boys are exactly sitting back twiddling their thumbs," says Sue Vertue, executive producer at Hartswood Films, "but there was unanimous goodwill to make this work so we're thrilled that 221b is going to be inhabited again.

Watch Pete Holmes As the Worst Sherlock Ever

When Benedict Cumberbatch plays Sherlock Holmes, he's a brilliant master of deduction, figuring out every detail about a person's life at a single glance. When Pete Holmes plays Sherlock Holmes...well, it's a different story. This sketch from "The Pete Holmes Show" has the comedian playing a version of the famous detective with his last name that isn't quite so good at deduction. In fact, he's pretty terrible at it. He gets just about everything wrong, and it's hilarious.

What's Next for 'Sherlock?'

In an interview with Vulture, Steven Moffat, executive producer of the runaway hit series "Sherlock" from PBS, sits down with Denise Martin to discuss the future of the show. Sunday wrapped up the short-lived season three... therefore, if you haven't yet caught up, you may want to avoid the SPOILERS ahead! The season finale left us all with more questions than answers. Who is Mary, really? What will happen to Sherlock? Will Moriarty come back to creep us all out again? And did Mom and Pop Holmes look sort of familiar to anyone else (Sherlock and Mycroft's parentals were played by real-life parents of Benedict Cumberbatch)? WHEN will we learn the answers? Unfortunately, not for a while.

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