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A BBC TV series of feature length episodes updating classic Sherlock Holmes stories to a modern day setting. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman

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Why is the clapperboard tilted when shooting Sherlock scenes?

Netflix offers behind-the-scenes videos of the making of Sherlock on BBC. In those videos, at the start of a shot on set, the clapperboard is held level while the information is read aloud, and then ...
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Why did Mycroft involve Sherlock in S02E01 when he already knew what was happening?

In Sherlock S02E01, why did Mycroft involve Sherlock when he already knew about the flight bombing? I don't understand what investigation was meant to be done by Sherlock since he already knew about ...
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What is the relationship between the theme songs in Sherlock Holmes (2009 movie) and Sherlock (BBC series)?

I've just started binge-watching the BBC series Sherlock. The first episode aired 7 months after the release of the movie Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey, Jr. The theme songs for the movie and ...
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Why does Sherlock (BBC) use miles?

I've just started watching the BBC series Sherlock on Netflix. In the first 5 episodes, we've noticed that Sherlock and Watson always refer to long distances in miles rather than kilometers. It was my ...
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Why couldn't Sherlock figure out that there was no glass between him and Eurus?

I don't really get the episode The Final Problem in the Sherlock series. But what I find most amazing is that Sherlock who can basically predict the future 2 weeks in advance can't notice that there ...
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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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Does Sherlock have an eating disorder?

After having rewatched BBC's Sherlock for probably the fifth time, I picked up on a new trait of Sherlock's. Throughout the series we see a lot of scenes where other characters are eating, especially ...
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Does the Science of Deduction exist in real life?

Sherlock Holmes always talks about the "Science of Deduction", which is the ability to deduce anything about people just from observation. Does the "Science of Deduction" really exist, and does it ...
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How did Sherlock write letters on Irene's mobile, when (usually) the lock-screen of phones accept digits not letters?

How did Sherlock write letters on Irene's mobile in A Scandal in Belgravia, when (usually) the code for a lock screen of a phone contains 4 digits not letters? He was trying numbers all through the ...
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How did Magnussen know about Redbeard?

In Sherlock, Magnussen whispers to Sherlock Redbeard. So how could he know about Redbeard? Sherlock couldn't tell him because he isn't so stupid. Mycroft won't obviously tell him. So how did ...
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Why was Sherlock so sentimental about Mrs. Hudson

Throughout the Sherlock series Sherlock Holmes behaves badly with Mrs. Hudson. However, in "A Scandal in Belgravia" (S2E1), when some American official (or someone) goes to Baker Street in the ...
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Why did Sherlock find it so difficult to find Irene Adler's password?

In a Scandal in Belgravia Sherlock spends a whole episode trying to guess/find Irene Adler's phone password. But in other episodes Sherlock finds almost no trouble in finding others' passwords, like ...
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Why does Sherlock say he knows ash?

In the pub scene of season 3, episode 2 The Sign Of Three Sherlock says: I know ash. Don't tell me I don't! And the guy Sherlock is talking to attempts to punch Sherlock in his face in the very ...
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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 one....
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Why did Sherlock fake his death this way?

In S2E3 Sherlock faked his death in such a way that the only person who have seen it (from the right angle) was Dr. Watson. Other people present on the scene were actors (Molly and homeless people). ...
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Why didn't Zawe Ashton stay on Sherlock as Sally Donovan?

Sally Donovan was portrayed by Vinette Robinson throughout the series except for the unaired pilot (s1e0). Why didn't Zawe Ashton remain on Sherlock? Looking at their filmographies, Zawe Ashton ...
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What is Mycroft Holmes' full name? Is there a mention anywhere?

In the BBC Sherlock series, Sherlock mentions that his full name is William Sherlock Scott Holmes. Has there ever been a mention of Mycroft's full name anywhere? (including other series, books and ...
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The amount of texts Irene sent in A Scandal in Belgravia?

In the BBC Sherlock series, in A Scandal in Belgravia, Irene Adler's texts are shown on the screen near the end as she scrolls through them. But, if her texts are counted there are 16 while on the ...
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How did Eurus get to know about the outside world while she was living in solitary?

I recently watched the Sherlock TV series again. One thing is bugging me: how could Eurus Holmes tell Mycroft about the upcoming terrorist attack in London? I mean, according to Mycroft, Eurus had no ...
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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 ...
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Did Sherlock explain to John why he faked his death?

Sherlock fakes his death to stop his 3 only friends from being assassinated, but does he explain to John that if he didn't fake his death John would have died?
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Does Lestrade guess/know that Sherlock is alive in the BBC series?

Does Greg Lestrade know/guess that Sherlock is alive? In the Many Happy Returns trailer to Season 3, he grins at the headline "The Game is back on".
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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 second season, concluding with the death of Sherlock, ...
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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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BBC Sherlock - addictions [closed]

Are Sherlock's addictions good for his mental condition? I noticed he avoids alcohol (rarely drinks), but used to smoke (still does, on occasion) and does / did drugs. As if drugs and cigarettes ...
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Was Sherlock pretending when identifying the corpse?

When Sherlock was to identify the dead body of Irene Adler in "A Scandal in Belgravia", did he really think it's hers or did he pretend to fool everyone else as he suspected Irene did that on purpose?
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What are the major differences among the characters in the two major modernised versions of the Sherlock Holmes stories? [closed]

Both CBS in the USA and the BBC have released television series based on the Sherlock Holmes stories but set in the modern day. Both were developed at roughly the same time in the early 2010s. They ...
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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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The pills in “A Study in Pink” [duplicate]

In the Sherlock episode "A Study in Pink", was the taxi driver bluffing when he asserted that there were two kinds of pills, those that kill and those that are harmless? I am not sure.
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Why are Sherlock and Mycroft written as snarky atheists?

The TV serial Sherlock presents Sherlock and Mycroft as rather snarky atheists. From The Sign of Three: SHERLOCK: ... and contrast is, after all, God’s own plan to enhance the beauty of his ...
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Why does Anderson laugh hysterically after Sherlock leaves?

In "The Empty Hearse" (Season 3, episode 1) the following occurs: Anderson (abruptly stopping crying and looking round): Hang on. (He stands up and walks over to his wall of papers.) ...
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Where did the walking stick come from?

In Sherlock S04E02, at the mortuary we saw John hit Sherlock in the face and as a result he was admitted in the hospital. Then John gave his own walking stick to Sherlock, as a parting gift. JOHN: ...
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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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How did Sherlock narrow his questioning to four women in The Sign of Three? [duplicate]

I just watched The Sign of Three, where several women claim to have dated a ghost. At some point, Sherlock narrows his questioning down to four women. What was his criteria to choose these four women ...
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Where did Sherlock Holmes music originate?

I just recently re-watched BBC's Sherlock Holmes, and was thinking back to all of the other Sherlock-type movies I had seen. Then I noticed, all of this music sounds similar (sources below), but ...
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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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Why did Watson hallucinate?

In Sherlock S02E02, The Hounds of Baskerville, Watson gets stuck in a lab and starts hallucinating under the influence of H.O.U.N.D. drug, as Sherlock experiments on him to observe the effects. ...
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Did Sherlock pick the bad pill?

I have just seen the first episode of Sherlock. The cab driver offered Sherlock 2 bottles. Once containing a poisionous pill, and the other has a "no effect" pill. Or at least that's what the cab ...
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What was the grenade supposed to accomplish?

  In Sherlock: The Final Problem a grenade is flown into Sherlock's flat via drone, presumably by Eurus. But why would Eurus try to kill her siblings, and Watson, at this point? We later see ...
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Is there a third Holmes sibling?

In His Last Vow, it has been decided that Sherlock will go on the important but ultimately deadly mission as his form of punishment/banishment. In regards to his involvement with sending Sherlock on ...
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Making sense of Mary Watson catching the bullet

In season 4, episode 1, Mary Watson I'm aware the dodging bullets or jumping into the line of fire after a weapon has been fired are common TV tropes. However, I am ...
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Understanding the Flight of the Dead

I was watching the Sherlock episode A Scandal in Belgravia the other day. Everything seemed fine but I didn't get the flight of dead part and those people in the beginning who reported of missing ...
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How does Sherlock know what Moriarty “is going to do next” in The Abominable Bride?

I just finished seeing Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, but haven't started on Season 4 yet. So please, no Season 4 spoiler. At the end of the episode, Sherlock learns that Moriarty is dead, but he ...
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Why was Eurus sent back to Sherrinford?

My question is regarding Eurus (re)imprisonment in Sherrinford at the end of S04E03. She has been described by Mycroft as an "era-defining genius, beyond Newton." She also managed to manipulate one ...
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Why is Mycroft unable to solve The Final Problem

Sherlock does not remember his past, Mycroft does. Sherlock does not know James Moriarty has met Eurus, Mycroft does. Sherlock does not know his sister and her condition, Mycroft does. Mycroft knows ...
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What is Mycroft's job?

In the new BBC series of Sherlock, what does Mycroft actually do? He seems to have a lot of power, seeing as how he can people spied on, deals with terrorists, foreign threats etc. But then he also ...
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Why didn't Eurus kill Doctor Watson in Sherlock?

In the end of the Sherlock episode "The Lying Detective", we see Eurus expose herself to Doctor Watson and then shoot him with tranquilizers. As we see in the later episode she can kill anyone without ...
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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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Sherlock's text to the victim's phone in “A Study in Pink”

In S01E01 A Study in Pink, Sherlock discovers that the killer kept the victim's phone and decides to send a carefully crafted text message to it. He sends, "What happened at Lauriston Gardens? I must ...
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Did the show actually explain how Sherlock faked his death?

I had always thought that how Sherlock faked his death was a bit of mystery, as Sherlock himself never told anyone how he did it. However, my friend is convinced that Sherlock faked his death exactly ...