Sherlock's unaired pilot: How does it stack up to 'A Study in Pink'?

In 2009, the BBC produced a 60-minute pilot for a new series. It was written by Steven Moffat, starred Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, and was based on the first (and little-adapted) Sherlock Holmes novel by Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet. If this sounds familiar, it's because the episode was ultimately reworked – and re-shot entirely – as the episode 'A Study in Pink', after the BBC decided to produce the show as three feature-length episodes rather than six hour-long ones.

Reports that the pilot had been scrapped led to some less-than-positive buzz around the show, with rumours flying that the series was a dud – but then Sherlock debuted in all its 90-minute glory back in summer of 2010, and we all remember how that went.

Co-creators Moffat and Mark Gatiss have always maintained that they're proud of the pilot, and it's included on the first series DVD as proof. So on
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