Sherlock (2010– )
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The Great Game 

Mycroft needs Sherlock's help, but a remorseless criminal mastermind puts Sherlock on a distracting crime-solving spree via a series of hostage human bombs through which he speaks.

Director:

Paul McGuigan

Writers:

Mark Gatiss, Arthur Conan Doyle (based on the works of) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Sherlock Holmes
Martin Freeman ... Dr. John Watson
Rupert Graves ... DI Lestrade
Una Stubbs ... Mrs. Hudson
Zoe Telford ... Sarah
Louise Brealey ... Molly Hooper
Andrew Scott ... Jim Moriarty
Vinette Robinson ... Sgt Sally Donovan
Matthew Needham Matthew Needham ... Bezza
Kemal Sylvester Kemal Sylvester ... Tube Guard
San Shella ... Andrew West
Deborah Moore ... Crying Woman
Lauren Crace ... Lucy
Nicholas Gadd Nicholas Gadd ... Scared Man
Caroline Trowbridge Caroline Trowbridge ... Mrs Monkford
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Storyline

Mycroft wants his brother Sherlock to investigate the murder of civil servant Andrew West and theft of the Bruce-Partington missile plans. Sherlock, however, prefers to assist Lestrade following a massive bomb blast. The sadistic bomber abducts a string of hostages, who will be released after Sherlock has solved a series of puzzles, including a twenty year old murder, an insurance scam, and the alleged forgery of a long lost painting. Written by don @ minifie-1

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great Game See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Series co-creator Mark Gatiss, who also plays Mycroft Holmes, appeared in Doctor Who: The Wedding of River Song (2011) in prosthetic make-up based on the appearance of Rondo Hatton as the Hoxton Creeper in another Sherlock Holmes incarnation, The Pearl of Death (1944) with Basil Rathbone. The character known as The Golem in this episode has a strong resemblance to Hatton's deformed killer. See more »

Goofs

After it is flung to the ground, John's jacket containing the explosives moves backwards and forwards on the poolside between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sherlock Holmes: Just... tell me what happened from the beginning.
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Connections

References The Pearl of Death (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

The Planets: Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
(uncredited)
Composed by Gustav Holst
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Brave move, which works a treat!
9 August 2010 | by frodopainSee all my reviews

As an avid Sherlock Holmes fan, I was excited about the proposed Sherlock 2010, but also wary. Holmes interpretations over the years have varied tremendously, and I've always been disappointed by any which lose the essence of the character...his brilliance, arrogance and indifference to the trivial which his mental gifts impose on him. I personally feel that this script-writing, combined with Cumberbatch's astute delivery do the job with aplomb.

My favourite Holmes actor has always been Jeremy Brett and Cumberbatch is the only other who has come close in terms of capturing Sherlock's sheer aloofness and 'quick-wittedness'.

This particular episode is a complex one, which requires some concentration but the rewards make it well worth it. Enjoy!


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