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Series 2 - Episode 1
A Scandal in Belgravia
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It says something about
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.
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.
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