Channel Nine has picked up Sherlock, the new British miniseries being developed by Doctor Who writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch (pictured, Hawking, The Last Enemy, Tipping the Velvet) in the title role of Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman (The Office, Love, Actually) as Doctor John Watson, the 3 x 90 series is a re-imagining of the classic Sherlock Holmes tale set in modern day London. It also features Rupert Graves (Wallander, Waking the Dead, Ashes to Ashes).
A Press Release indicates, the character of Sherlock is “an analytical deduction fanatic, helping the police out with their enquiries for fun. Dr John Watson, fresh from serving in the war in Afghanistan and initially sceptical, is soon drawn in by Holmes’ brilliant mind and dangerous lifestyle and the two quickly forge an alliance. Sherlock provides the inspired leaps of intellect while Watson keeps his friend’s flights of fancy grounded, culminating in the perfect partnership.”
“This new production of Sherlock will be a valuable addition to our schedule later this year,” said Nine’s Michael Healy. “The BBC produce this style of drama well and audiences in Australia traditionally embrace it.”
Mark Gatiss is believed to be overseeing the production at BBC Wales while Steven Moffat helms Doctor Who. It is yet to premiere in the UK.
The deal with BBC Worldwide Australia follows Nine’s acquisition of the Top Gear brand.