Sherlock

Fri Aug 2, 8.30-10pm, BBC1

Series two, episode three
Settle in one more time as ‘The Reichenbach Fall’ reboots Doyle’s story ‘The Final Problem’, in which he attempted to slay his creation. Viewers may have anticipated some kind of death-plunge as Holmes and Moriarty lock themselves into a lethal struggle for the title of cleverest boy in the class – and if you’re lucky enough not to have seen it yet, we won’t spoil things.

Suffice to say that naughty old Moriarty (Andrew Scott) has plans to destroy his enemy’s good name along with the rest of him, and his dastardly scheme has enough twists and turns to keep Sherlock and everyone else guessing till the devastating end.

Once again we’re reminded that, for all Benedict Cumberbatch’s eye-catching intensity as Holmes, it’s Martin Freeman’s humane and perceptive portrayal of Watson that glues us to the screen – that and the masterly writing of course. So good it ought to be illegal.

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