Sherlock v John – who’s the best?

The National Television Awards is pitting Benedict Cumberbatch against his on-screen sidekick Martin Freeman for Detective of the Year - who do you think should win?

You might think they’re the epitome of friendship and crime-fighting teamwork, but all that is about to change. Sherlock Holmes is going head to head with his loyal sidekick Dr Watson – and it’s sort of Radio Times’s fault…


Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, who play Sherlock and John in BBC1’s hit detective drama, have both been nominated for Radio Times’ Detective of the Year gong at this year’s National Television Awards. 

The NTAs are the only British TV awards where the winners are entirely chosen by the voting public – so this stuff matters, people. The past year has been a bumper one for small-screen sleuths – from Broadchurch’s DS Ellie Miller and The Killing’s Sarah Lund to The Fall’s DSI Stella Gibson and Luther’s, well, Luther – so there are a whole host of detectives to choose from.

The real competition though (obviously) is between Sherlock and Watson, who remain the talk of the town – and, let’s face it, the world – as fans eagerly await new episodes.

So whether you worship Sherlock for his cool intensity and razor-sharp intellect, or love John, for being the warm, jumper-wearing, heart of the show, we want to know who you think deserves to pick up the award… 

You can vote for who you think should win at the NTAs here.