The timing is terrific for tonight's PBS premiere of Sherlock, the much-touted new contemporary incarnation of A. Conan Doyle's ace detective Sherlock Holmes. In addition to everything else potentially great about this modern day imagining of Holmes, including a great writing team of Steven Moffatt (Doctor Who, Coupling) and Mark Gatiss (Doctor Who, The League of Gentlemen), and title star Benedict Cumberbatch (Atonement, The Other Boleyn Girl), we've got the immensely talented Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson. Watson, here a blogging battle-weary war veteran, couldn't be in better hands.
You probably know Freeman from Ricky Gervais' original British version of The Office -- he played the character done here by Jon Krascinski -- but you might also know him from his starring role in the movie version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and the comedy Hot Fuzz. Of course he's been in so many movie and TV programs, including also the marriage comedy series The Robinsons which has been seen over here, at least. Most exciting for Martin Freeman fans is the recent announcement that he has been chosen by filmmaker Peter Jackson to star as Bilbo Baggins in the upcoming The Hobbit motion picture. He's the ideal choice for Baggins and for Watson.
Masterpiece Mystery!'s Sherlock is a three-episode treat, and we guarantee you're going to looking forward to the next two Sundays after watching tonight's episode "A Study in Pink". We don't want to forget to mention the equally talented Rupert Graves as Inspector Lestrade -- there isn't a thing missing in this clever new adaptation of an all-time favorite.
Sherlock on Masterpiece Mystery! begins tonight on your local PBS station, probably at 9pm (but check your local listings) and all three episodes are 90 minutes long.