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Series 3 - Episode 3
His Last Vow
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The Last Vow
, the final helping of the three-part
feast from 2014, even more piquant, as it comes with a dash of Dane.
Lars Mikkelsen stars as an icy, blackmailing media mogul, a sweaty-palmed creep called Charles Augustus Magnussen (based on Charles Augustus Milverton from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s short story
The Adventures of Charles Augustus Milverton
). He’s a streak of pure poison who guards an enormous vault packed with the dirty secrets of the rich and famous.
Sherlock and Dr Watson (Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman) fall into his dark orbit after Sherlock is called in to help a politician escape from Magnussen’s slimy clutches (Mikkelsen plays him as Hannibal Lecter, but without the taste for human flesh, fava beans and a nice chianti).
It’s a grand, filmic episode from scriptwriter/co-creator Steven Moffat that ping-pongs between sadness and surprises. By the end you’ll probably be torn between sniffling and cheering.
The consulting detective's latest case sees him coming up against the master blackmailer Charles Augustus Magnussen - the one man he truly despises. But how can he tackle a foe who knows the personal weakness of every person of importance in the Western world? Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman star, with Amanda Abbington, Rupert Graves and an appearance from Lars Mikkelsen, better known to fans of Danish drama The Killing as politician Troels Hartmann.
Cast & Crew
Dr John Watson
Charles Augustus Magnussen
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