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S1-E3 The Great Game

S1-E3 The Great Game

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Anybody who has never seen the finale of series one has a real treat in store. The rest of us can marvel again at the way writer Mark Gatiss knits a web of brainy plotting that leads to a delicious final reveal at a public swimming pool. 

We start with a bored Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) lounging about at 221b Baker Street, absent-mindedly firing a gun at the wall and berating the criminal classes for their inactivity. His brother, shadowy government mandarin Mycroft (Gatiss), wants him to take on a case of national importance. 

Then, some explosive developments mark the start of a deductive obstacle course devised by someone very evil for Sherlock to solve against the clock. 


Holmes is far from impressed when he is asked to investigate a seemingly straightforward murder. However, the master of deduction soon suspects he may have met his match, as he and Watson are drawn into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse that leaves a trail of destruction across London. Benedict Cumberbatch stars alongside Martin Freeman, with John Sessions (Stella Street) and Haydn Gwynne (Rome).

Cast & Crew

Sherlock Holmes Benedict Cumberbatch
Dr John Watson Martin Freeman
Insp Lestrade Rupert Graves
Mrs Hudson Una Stubbs
Molly Hooper Louise Brealey
Sgt Sally Donovan Vinette Robinson
Sarah Zoe Telford
Kenny Prince John Sessions
Miss Wenceslas Haydn Gwynne
Lucy Lauren Crace
Director Paul McGuigan
Executive Producer Steven Moffat
Executive Producer Mark Gatiss
Producer Sue Vertue
Writer Mark Gatiss
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