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A short course in Sherlock Holmes
Rachel Lopez, Hindustan Times
January 25, 2014
First Published: 18:54 IST(25/1/2014)
Last Updated: 13:21 IST(26/1/2014)
Benedict Cumberbatch in a still from TV series Sherlock

Elementary, another Holmes show starts Monday, Jan 27 on AXN. Get your Baker Street adaptations right.


ELEMENTARY
What it's about
A rich Brit import in present-day Manhattan, just making do

Sherlock
Jonny Lee Miller as an 'out of drug rehab' in NYC brownstone

Looks
All-American locales, clothes and cases. A stubble!

Drug use
Hey! That was in the past

Dr John Watson
John becomes Joan! Lucy Liu is the sobriety partner in designer suits

Irene Adler
Margaery Tyrell from Game of Thrones

Professor Moriarty
Is the best character reveal of them all!

Britishness
10% They don't even try


BBC SHERLOCK
What it's about
A brilliant consulting detective in modern London, who loves tech

Sherlock
Benedict Cumberbatch, cheekbones and all, in modern-day London

Looks
Black coats, deerstalker

Drug use
Just tea, please Mrs Hudson

Dr John Watson
Ever-more-human former Army doctor in Iraq and only friend (Martin Freeman)

Irene Adler
An S&M specialist with comebacks that sting like her whip

Professor Moriarty
A delicious madman who you just might see again

Britishness
100% Even the Queen approves




MOVIES (SHERLOCK HOLMES '09 and '11)
What it's about
Guy Ritchie's idea of crime solving with lots of action and romance

Sherlock
Robert Downey Jr in a messy, glampunk Victorian London

Looks
Shiny waistcoats, bowler hats (no deerstalker!), fisticuffs

Drug use
Non-existent, really

Dr John Watson
Jude Law, so dashing, he makes any bromance theory believable

Irene Adler
Rachel McAdams, wasted as a pretty sidekick

Professor Moriarty
Appears in the climax of the first, is proper villain in the sequel

Britishness
20% Jude Law is Brit


HOUSE MD
What it's about
An antisocial doc who can diagnose disease but can't deal with society

Sherlock
Deductive Holmes is the diagnostic House, a doctor played by Hugh Laurie

Looks
Doctor's coat, motorcycle, piano playing, untreatable leg pain, cane

Drug use
Pops the painkiller Vicodin, once even injected it in

Dr John Watson
Not a roomie but a fellow doctor, the oncologist James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard)

Irene Adler
Only in one forgettable episode

Professor Moriarty
A crazed gunman who shoots him in one episode

Britishness
50% Laurie is British-born


SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE'S BOOKS
What it's about
A deductive crime expert from 221B Baker Street in Victorian England

Sherlock
He can spot every dead giveaway within the trappings of gentility

Looks
Boxes, plays the violin, not terribly fond of niceties, bit of a pain, really

Drug use
Cocaine and morphine (both legal at the time)

Dr John Watson
Friend, assistant, flatmate, narrator, onetime Army surgeon. No, not a lover!

Irene Adler
The only woman to capture his imagination

Professor Moriarty
The Napoleon of Crime and Holmes's nemesis

Britishness
It's the original. So it's elementary, no?


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