Sky Living to screen US Sherlock rival Elementary

The series starring Jonnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu will air in the autumn, shortly after it debuts on US network CBS

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America’s answer to Sherlock is crossing the Atlantic, with Sky today announcing it has bought US series Elementary, starring Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes.

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Elementary transplants Holmes to modern-day Manhattan where the consulting detective and recovering addict helps the NYPD with their cases, aided  – in a radical departure – by a female sidekick, Lucy Liu’s Dr Joan Watson.

With the third series of Sherlock not due to start filming until early next year, fans of the BBC1 drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch may find themselves nipping over to Sky Living, where Elementary is set to air this autumn, shortly after it debuts on CBS.

Sky’s deal with the US network includes another series, Vegas, starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis, about a rancher tasked with bringing law and order to 1960 Las Vegas, while two more US buy-ins, from Warner Bros, are cat-and-mouse thriller The Following, starring Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy, and Arrow, a reboot of the DC Comics superhero.

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Vegas and The Following will air on Sky Atlantic – later this year and in early 2013, respectively – while Arrow will premier on Sky1 and Elementary on Sky Living, both scheduled for the autumn.