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What better way to start the year than with a new episode of Sherlock?

Crossing the Culture Rachel Helen Smith
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Lestrade (Rupert Graves), Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman)

Since its first episode back in 2010, the hit BBC show has established itself as one of the most successful reinventions of this classic fictional character. This is a resolutely modern, London-based adaptation: gone are Conan Doyle’s smog and carriages; in their place are laptops, mobile phones and Twitter hashtags. Our crime-solving hero is presented as ‘a new sleuth for the 21st century’, supplementing his trademark methods of logical deduction with cutting-edge scientific methods and the latest technology. Sherlock is brilliant, fast, dynamic, dapper and funny. Yet he’s also arrogant, odd, obsessive and, as journalist Amanda Mitchison puts it, ‘slightly Aspergers-ish’. He is able to make us laugh, but he’s also part of a world that is dark and frightening.