Series 2 - 3. The Reichenbach Fall

Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

Here’s an awful admission: in the whirl of Sherlock’s first series in 2010, the thing I found most thrilling was not Benedict Cumberbatch’s new kind of cool or Martin Freeman’s faultless comic touch, or even the languid Mycroft — brilliant as they all were.

But you expected them to be good: the thing that came as a surprise was Andrew Scott as Jim Moriarty. His arch-villain was a bolt from the blue, a playful, slightly camp, black-eyed fiend, who warned Sherlock, in the year’s best line of dialogue: “If you don’t stop prying, I will burn you. I will burn the heart out of you.” In what little we saw of him, he felt like a worthy match for our hero, a villain for the ages, as Moriarty should be.

And now he’s back, making good on his promise. We saw glimpses of him earlier this series, but tonight the Bee Gees-loving, raspberry-blowing baddie is properly back, in a properly exhilarating “final problem” for Sherlock, full of mind games and conundrums and laugh-out-loud reaction shots and twists it wouldn’t do even to hint at. The crown jewels, the tabloid press and Bach are all involved. The deerstalker’s back, too.

About this programme

3/3. The Tower of London, Pentonville Prison and the Bank of England are all broken into on the same day - and yet nothing is stolen. Moriarty emerges as the culprit, and goes to trial for his crimes. However, the legal battle sets in motion a scheme through which the criminal mastermind plans to destroy his old foe Sherlock, whose loyalty and courage are tested to the limit as he fights for his reputation, his sanity and his life. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman star in the award-winning crime drama, with Andrew Scott and Katherine Parkinson.

Cast and crew


Sherlock Holmes
Benedict Cumberbatch
Dr John Watson
Martin Freeman
Mrs Hudson
Una Stubbs
DI Lestrade
Rupert Graves
Mycroft Holmes
Mark Gatiss
Jim Moriarty
Andrew Scott
Molly Hooper
Louise Brealey
Kitty Riley
Katherine Parkinson
Sgt Sally Donovan
Vinette Robinson
Jonathan Aris
Tanya Moodie
Claudie Bruhl
Sydney Wade
Max Bruhl
Edward Holtom
Miss MacKenzie
Lorraine Hilton
Chief superintendent
Tony Pitts
Prosecuting barrister
Jaye Griffiths
Defence barrister
Ian Hallard
Malcolm Rennie
Bank director
Paul Leonard
Prison governor
Christopher Hunter
Prison warder
Tony Way
Reporter 1
Samantha-Holly Bennett
Reporter 2
Peter Basham
Reporter 3
Rebecca Noble
Gallery director
Robert Benfield
Clerk of the court
Ifan Huw Dafydd
Michael Muller
Pano Masti
Diogenes gent
Douglas Wilmer
Stuart Mulcaster
CPS solicitor
Michael Wismiewski


Toby Haynes
Executive Producer
Steven Moffat
Executive Producer
Mark Gatiss
Elaine Cameron
Steve Thompson