BBC to make contemporary version of Sherlock Holmes

December 20th, 2008 - 3:24 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Dec 20 (ANI): The BBC is set to make a modern-day take on the life of Sherlock Holmes.

Set in modern-day London, the contemporary version will star Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

Freeman, star of The Office, will play Dr Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch will star as the famous sleuth.

“Our Sherlock is a dynamic superhero in a modern world, an arrogant, genius sleuth driven by a desire to prove himself cleverer than the perpetrator and the police - everyone in fact, The Telegraph quoted Piers Wenger, Head of Drama at BBC Wales, as saying.

The screenplay will be written by Steven Moffat.

“Everything that matters about Holmes and Watson is the same. Conan Doyle’’s original stories were never about frock coats and gaslight. They”re about brilliant detection, dreadful villains and blood-curdling crimes - and, frankly, the hell with the crinoline, Moffat said.

“Other detectives have cases, Sherlock Holmes has adventures and that’’s what matters, he added.

An hour-long pilot episode, featuring Rupert Graves as Inspector Lestrade, will be aired in the autumn on BBC One and a full series will follow if it proves popular with viewers.

Shooting begins next month in Wales. (ANI)

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