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Series 4 - Episode 2
The Lying Detective
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Culverton Smith is a bluff northern entrepreneur and philanthropist with a great big cheesy snaggle-toothed grin, a hugely famous and adored popular personality who raises vast amounts for charity. But in the depths of his hideous soul Smith is a monster, hiding in plain sight… hmm, remind you of anyone?
The brilliant Toby Jones is Smith, by turns garrulous, joshing and debauched. He’s wicked and manipulative, and
Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) is out to get him.
Sherlock is unusually (even for him) obsessed by Smith as he festers, unshaven, drug-addled and lonely in 221B Baker Street. Steven Moffat’s story takes Sherlock to some bad places in his ravaged mind, while John Watson (Martin Freeman, who’s wonderful) wrestles with his own particular darkness.
It’s another heart-twisting episode that might bring you to tears, or it might make you long for the playful Sherlock and John of old. Or both.
The detective faces a dangerous new enemy in the seemingly unassailable Culverton Smith, a man whose position of power conceals a terrible secret. Estranged from John, Sherlock must confront his demons to defeat his enemy's plans. Toby Jones guest stars as the villain alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
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