Series 2 - 2. The Hounds of Baskerville

Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

Mark Gatiss’s The Hounds of Baskerville (first shown last year) has its shaggy-dog moments but it certainly opens in style: Sherlock bursts into the flat at 221b holding a bloodstained harpoon and looking furious. It’s a classic Sherlock device – fun, over-the-top and gently mocking its own hero. John Watson tuts at his friend for being too flashy with his deductions. “Of course!” Sherlock roars back. “I am a show off! That’s what we do!”

But after Steven Moffat’s high-octane approach, this is more of a shadow-play, a ghost story full of shaky camerawork, paranoia and suspense. A Devon man (Russell Tovey) is haunted by memories of his father’s violent death on Dartmoor 20 years ago. So the consulting detective tries to find out what secrets are hidden at the nearby Baskerville research centre. Is there really, as local tourist lore suggests, a giant hound on the loose?

About this programme

2/3. A terrified client claims his father was killed by a monstrous creature stalking the wilds of Dartmoor, so Holmes and Watson head to the countryside to investigate. But what seemed like mere fantasy back in Baker Street proves a very different prospect when the duo look into an ultra-secret army base at the edge of the moor. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman star in this adaptation of Conan Doyle's most famous Sherlock Holmes story, The Hound of the Baskervilles, with Russell Tovey (The Job Lot), Amelia Bullmore (Scott & Bailey) and Clive Mantle (Casualty).

Cast and crew


Sherlock Holmes
Benedict Cumberbatch
Dr John Watson
Martin Freeman
Mrs Hudson
Una Stubbs
DI Lestrade
Rupert Graves
Mycroft Holmes
Mark Gatiss
Henry Knight
Russell Tovey
Dr Stapleton
Amelia Bullmore
Dr Frankland
Clive Mantle
Dr Mortimer
Sasha Behar
Major Barrymore
Simon Paisley Day
Cpl Lyons
Will Sharpe
Stephen Wright
Gordon Kennedy
Kevin Trainor
Rosalind Knight
Young Henry
Sam Jones
Chipo Chung


Paul McGuigan
Executive Producer
Steven Moffat
Sue Vertue
Mark Gatiss