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S2-E1 A Scandal in Belgravia

S2-E1 A Scandal in Belgravia

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Review

It says something about Sherlock that a repeat of the second-series opener is one of the biggest things on TV tonight. But then, normal rules don’t apply to these pulsating capers that flatter our intelligence. No spoon-feeding allowed. It’s all laser-tipped dialogue, gymnastic plotting, super-stylish direction and performances that crackle and hum.

A Scandal in Belgravia starts with a glorious gag to unhitch the cliffhanger from the first series, then whisks into a plot about Irene Adler, a society dominatrix who finds emotional bondage with our hero.

The cast are flat-out superb, not least Lara Pulver as “The Woman”. The storyline finds room for nudity at Buckingham Palace, a ghostly jumbo jet, a crucial cameraphone, the CIA and any number of neat little puzzles and twists. If you’ve never seen it, you’re in for a treat.

Summary

Holmes and Watson investigate a case of blackmail threatening to topple the monarchy and uncover links with international terrorism, rogue CIA agents and a conspiracy at the heart of government. However, the Baker Street sleuth finds himself involved on a more personal level when he becomes locked in a battle of wits with Irene Adler, a woman who is as cold, ruthless and brilliant as himself. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman star in the award-winning drama, with Lara Pulver and Mark Gatiss.

Cast & 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
Irene Adler Lara Pulver
DI Carter Danny Webb
The Equerry Andrew Havill
Neilson Todd Boyce
Jeanette Oona Chaplin
Phil Nathan Harmer
Kate Rosalind Halstead
Archer Peter Pedrero
Director Paul McGuigan
Executive Producer Mark Gatiss
Executive Producer Steven Moffat
Producer Sue Vertue
Writer Steven Moffat
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