A BBC TV series of feature length episodes updating classic Sherlock Holmes stories to a modern day setting.

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How did Sherlock survive the fall?

In Sherlock, BBC Series, Season 2 Episode 3 - The Reichenbach Fall, how did Sherlock survive the fall? I've read some theories online regarding this, but in this interview, Steven Moffat says "There ...
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How closely do Sherlock Episodes relate to the original stories?

In the TV Series Sherlock I know there are many references to the original canon (for example the hat). Particularly variations of the episode names. A Study in Pink - A Study in Scarlet A Scandal ...
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What does Sherlock say just before opening Irene Adler's safe?

In Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia, the americans force Sherlock to open Irene Adler's safe by threatening Holmes and Adler at gunpoint. The safe turns out to be booby trapped. But just before he ...
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Where does Sherlock get his money?

In the BBC series Sherlock (and indeed in most other adaptations of the character I've seen) Sherlock is not paid for this investigations - he does it because he's interested. He rents a flat on Baker ...
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What is the significance of the cigarette in 'Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia'?

Mycroft Holmes, gives a cigarette to Sherlock and says "Merry Christmas". Then in the following scene, Dr. Watson asks Mycroft if he gave the cigarette to Sherlock. So, it seems to me that the ...
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What was the code that could have affected the outcome of “The Reichenbach Fall”?

At the end of "The Reichenbach Fall", Sherlock and Moriarty have a confrontation on the roof of the hospital. (I am not sure why Sherlock chose the roof in the first place, but that is neither here ...
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Why does Watson call Sherlock, 'Spock'?

In Sherlock: The hound of Baskervilles, Sherlock describes his feelings about not being able to distance himself from his latest felt feeling, fear and he says The grit on the lens, fly in the ...
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Is there a third Holmes sibling?

In His Last Vow, Mycroft is questioned about his feelings for Sherlock and he says "Don't be absurd. I'm not given to outbursts of brotherly compassion. You know what happened to the other one." ...
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First use of on-screen text messages, like in Sherlock and House of Cards

The BBC's Sherlock (July 2010-) uses a novel visual trick to show the contents of an SMS message directly on the television screen, so we can all read it without having to look at a dull phone screen. ...
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How did Sherlock know to use her measurements?

This similar previous question established that in A Scandal in Belgravia Irene Adler's safe combination was her measurements. However, how did Sherlock know to use that combination? Irene is naked ...
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What was Sherlock about to remark about Molly's boyfriend?

At the end of The Empty Hearse, when Sherlock meets Tom who was Molly's boyfriend, he stares at him long enough to remark something but eventually resigns to a handshake with him. Once he gets out of ...
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What does Mycroft mean when he says “we don't want a repeat of 1972?”

In "The Reichenbach Fall" (S2E3) of Sherlock, Mycroft meets with John in the Diogenes Club. In the course of their conversation, Mycroft says to John "we don't want a repeat of 1972.” To what is he ...
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Why did the writers choose this development for Moriarty?

Professor Moriarty is generally known as the greatest villain Sherlock Holmes has ever faced. I know that Sherlock was planned to end after the third season, concluding with the death of Sherlock, ...
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Why are there so few episode of Sherlock?

I know that usually British sitcoms have far fewer episodes than US ones, but Sherlock kind-of takes this too far. I mean, one season has has only 3 episodes, and even the seasons come about 1-2 years ...
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What is the deal with the assassins/bodyguards in “The Reichenbach Fall”?

In "The Reichenbach Fall", we learn that several hired assassins have moved into the apartments surrounding the one John and Sherlock share. They actually save Sherlock from getting hit by cars a few ...
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In Sherlock: Study in Pink how does the choice of bottles work?

In Sherlock season 1 episode 1 the serial killer asks Sherlock to take one of two bottles. 1 bottle is ok other is bad (poisonous). Whatever bottle Sherlock takes the serial killer takes the other ...
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How could the murder weapon in The Sign of Three possibly work?

In the Sign of Three, we learn of a murder and an attempted murder in which the assailant had hidden an extremely sharp blade on the inside of a belt. The blade is so sharp that the victim doesn't ...
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How did Sherlock know there must be a code to call off the killers?

In The Reichenbach Fall, Sherlock is standing on the rooftop after it became clear, that he has to jump and kill himself in order to save his friends. He then starts laughing and turns around to ...
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Why didn't Magnussen's bodyguards search Sherlock and Watson for weapons?

In the His Last Vow (s03e03) episode when Charles Augustus Magnussen first come to meet Sherlock his bodyguard searched Sherlock and Watson for weapons. But at the climax when the detective duo ...
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Is it really possible to create a mind palace?

In Sherlock the BBC TV series the protagonist Sherlock and the villain Magnussen are able to recall information from their mind similar to searching for a file in Windows. Is this really possible? If ...
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Why did Holmes aim at the explosive rather than at Moriarty?

When Holmes and Moriarty are having a stand off in the swimming pool Holmes has a gun trained on Moriarty's chest. He looks at Watson and Watson nods so he moves his aim to the bomb. Why would this ...
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What is Belgravia in 'a Scandal in Belgravia'?

The title of the 1st episode on Season 2 of Sherlock, the TV-series is A scandal in Belgravia. What is Belgravia?
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How does the “skip code” work in The Empty Hearse?

In the first episode of season 3 of Sherlock named as "The Empty Hearse". We can see that Mary received a message from the John's kidnapper(s). Mary said it's a skip code and Sherlock told that the ...
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What exactly is the alphanumeric string in A Scandal in Belgravia?

In A Scandal in Belgravia Irene Adler shows the following text to Sherlock 007 Confirmed allocation 4C12C45F13E13G60A60B61F34G34J60D12H33K34K and he figures out "these are seat allocations on a ...
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How did Sherlock know the combo for Adlers safe?

Adler said it was her measurements, but what does that mean?
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Does Magnussen have no electronic assistance to remember the facts he needs for blackmail?

The key villain in the Sherlock episode His Last Vow the visuals constantly suggest that Magnussen has some form of electronic assistance to recall key facts that he can use to "leverage" influence ...
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How could Irene Adler text Sherlock without her mobile?

At the end of "A Scandal in Belgravia" (S02 E01), Sherlock gives Mycroft Irene's mobile and she's probably let free without her mobile, ending up in Karachi when we are told she has been supposedly ...
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Why is the blog text removed over Bull's head in Sherlock : A scandal in Belgravia?

In the episode A scandal in Belgravia (Sherlock season 2 episode 1), when Dr. Watson is blogging and his blog text is shown to the viewers overlaid on the wall of 221B, Baker St., why is the text that ...
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Meaning of the line “I'm not a psychopath, I'm a highly functioning sociopath”

What does Sherlock mean exactly when he says "I'm not a psychopath, I'm a highly functioning sociopath"? What is the meaning of this line ?
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How did Mary get access to Magnussen's apartment?

In the Sherlock episode His Last Vow we see in detail how Sherlock has plotted to gain access to the villain Magnussen's apartment despite tight security. But when He gets there he finds that Mary is ...
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What is the significance of Sherlock's dream?

In the episode, A scandal in Belgravia, the woman drugs Sherlock in her apartment. In the drugged condition, it was shown that Sherlock solved the death of the hiker. Now the solution in his dream was ...
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Why does Sherlock battle a robed swordsman?

In Sherlock season 1 episode 2, The Blind Banker, when John is buying groceries in the market and having a brawl with the machine, Sherlock is shown battling with a robed swordsman or samurai at Baker ...
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At what point does Sherlock come to know the truth about Dr. Watson's wife?

In 3rd season of Sherlock we come to know that there is a dark mystery associated with the past of Dr Watson's wife. How did Sherlock deduce that she was/is a CIA agent?
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Why did Magnussen need to pressure so many people to get to Mycroft?

In the last episode season 3 of Sherlock, The Last Vow, Magnussen seems to use a very circuitous approach to beating Mycroft, whom he regards as essentially the head of England. My question is, if ...
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What makes Sherlock and Watson such good friends?

In the Sherlock series, I noticed this peculiar thing which has been hinted at, many times. Sherlock is so weird. Almost no one like him and vice-versa but what makes John Watson so different? How ...
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Why does Mycroft meet John in so many different locations?

Throughout the first two series of Sherlock, Mycroft sends a car to pick John up and bring him to him. Just about every time, they meet at a different location. He doesn't seem to have any issues with ...
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Is Irene Adler alive?

I did not understand a thing from the last minutes of "A Scandal in Belgravia". Are we actually taking a look at Irene about to get killed, and is she hallucinating when she sees Sherlock? Or is ...
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Sherlock: Who is John Talking About?

In Reichenbach fall: John tells Sherlock that everyone gets a tabloid nickname. Then he says "Subo (or Soobo), nasty nick". I assume he's referring to some other tabloid frequenter. Who is Subo?
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Who is actually elder between Sherlock and Watson?

I recently started watching Sherlock (TV series) and one thing intrigued me. In the TV show, as evident from the actors playing the roles, Sherlock Holmes appears younger than Dr. Watson. (Benedict ...
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Why does Sherlock think Billy Kincaid is a good man?

In The Sign of Three Sherlock said Billy Kincaid the best man he ever knew. Following was his quote about Billy Billy Kincaid, the Camden Garrotter, best man I ever knew. Vast contributions to ...
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What is the “The Final Problem”?

I have watched all the seasons of Sherlock (the BBC one) and am still a little confused as to what did Moriarty meant when he talked about "The Final Problem". What is/was the final problem? Is it ...
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How can the Holmes brothers be wrong?

In "The Empty Hearse", the Holmes brothers play a deduction game. They were trying to deduce the characteristics of the the owner of a woollen bobble hat. They both(?) agree that he is single. But ...
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What is Mycroft saying on his phone before he tells Sherlock not to interfere with Adler?

In A Scandal in Belgravia, Sherlock cracks the code and John confirms it's flight 007. This triggers Sherlock's recollection of Mycroft saying something earlier in the episode on his phone, "bond..."? ...
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What fighting skills does Sherlock have?

I have been watching the British TV show Sherlock and it has got me intrigued about the the character. Sherlock is mostly depicted as an extremely intelligent and sharp individual whose brain ...
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Why did James Moriarty decide to end it this way?

At the end of Sherlock S02E03 it simply doesn't make sense for me that James Moriarty killed himself. I mean, for me there is nothing greater than life, so why would he kill himself? I understand ...
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Connection between the cases in “The Sign of Three”

In the episode The Sign of Three (S03E02), Sherlock remembers that Tessa knew John's middlename and this is how he figures out the whole thing about the Mayfly Man and his attempt to assassinate one ...
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What did Mrs. Hudson find so amusing about the telegrams?

In The Sign Of Three, when John enters 221B Baker Street, he finds Mrs.Hudson laughing hysterically. When asked, she replies telegrams. What was so funny about the telegrams? JOHN: Mrs Hudson? ...
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Sherlock in Serbia is reference to which actual novel?

In the first episode of season 3 of Sherlock named as The Empty Hearse. Sherlock is in Serbia and arrested by Serbian soldier. I know this modern take on A.C.Doyle's classic is very much coupled ...
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Sherlock Villain, Moriarty Hero?

In Reichenbach Fall, during the scene where Moriarty visits 221 B, he and Sherlock are wearing the iconic colors of heros and villains. The interesting spin on this is that Sherlock is wearing a jet ...
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Why does Magnussen list “Hounds of the Baskerville” as a pressure point on Sherlock?

This is a followup question to my own answer on another Sherlock question regarding the Season 3 finale "The Last Vow", from which I will shamelessly copy contents below. During their visit in ...