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S2-E2 The Hounds of Baskerville

S2-E2 The Hounds of Baskerville

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Mark Gatiss’s The Hounds of Baskerville (first shown last year) has its shaggy-dog moments but it certainly opens in style: Sherlock bursts into the flat at 221b holding a bloodstained harpoon and looking furious. It’s a classic Sherlock device – fun, over-the-top and gently mocking its own hero. John Watson tuts at his friend for being too flashy with his deductions. “Of course!” Sherlock roars back. “I am a show off! That’s what we do!”

But after Steven Moffat’s high-octane approach, this is more of a shadow-play, a ghost story full of shaky camerawork, paranoia and suspense. A Devon man (Russell Tovey) is haunted by memories of his father’s violent death on Dartmoor 20 years ago. So the consulting detective tries to find out what secrets are hidden at the nearby Baskerville research centre. Is there really, as local tourist lore suggests, a giant hound on the loose?

Summary

A terrified client claims his father was killed by a monstrous creature stalking the wilds of Dartmoor, so Holmes and Watson head to the countryside to investigate. But what seemed like mere fantasy back in Baker Street proves a very different prospect when the duo look into an ultra-secret army base at the edge of the moor. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman star in this adaptation of Conan Doyle's most famous Sherlock Holmes story, The Hound of the Baskervilles, with Russell Tovey (The Job Lot), Amelia Bullmore (Scott & Bailey) and Clive Mantle (Casualty).

Cast & Crew

Sherlock Holmes Benedict Cumberbatch
Dr John Watson Martin Freeman
Mrs Hudson Una Stubbs
DI Lestrade Rupert Graves
Mycroft Holmes Mark Gatiss
Henry Knight Russell Tovey
Dr Stapleton Amelia Bullmore
Dr Frankland Clive Mantle
Dr Mortimer Sasha Behar
Major Barrymore Simon Paisley Day
Cpl Lyons Will Sharpe
Fletcher Stephen Wright
Gary Gordon Kennedy
Billy Kevin Trainor
Grace Rosalind Knight
Young Henry Sam Jones
Presenter Chipo Chung
Director Paul McGuigan
Executive Producer Steven Moffat
Producer Sue Vertue
Writer Mark Gatiss
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