Its hero is a high-functioning sociopath who deals in observation, deduction and cold, hard facts but it seems fans of Sherlock are not above a little romance - and neither are its stars.
Louise Brealey, best known to viewers as morgue attendant Molly Hooper in the show, suggested she’d like to give the relationship between Molly and Sherlock a push in the right direction, telling fans via a webchat on RadioTimes.com that if she could write just one scene between the two it would be “A rather shocking kiss".
Brealey did not elaborate on whether the clinch in question would be shockingly unexpected or shockingly passionate, but there's little doubt her lovestruck lab geek would be grateful for the thought, having pined over the detective for two whole series of the BBC1 drama, with only a few brief moments from the final episode hinting that he might consider her anything other than a useful tool in his work.
During the chat, Brealey fielded numerous questions about Molly and Sherlock, as well as co-star Benedict Cumberbatch, revealing that her favourite thing about the actor was the distinctive curve of his lips, "his cupid's bow".
She also shared a number of secrets about the series, explaining that the much pondered contents of a Christmas present given to Sherlock by Molly was "a Borat Mankini" and that the detective had survived his leap from the roof of St Bart's Hospital with the aid of a bouncy castle - although Sherlock co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss are yet to confirm those claims...
You can find the full transcript of Louise Brealey's 90-minute webchat, plus lots more Sherlock content, at Sherlock Times