The struggle goes on in 21st-century London as the updated team of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson battle the worst that modern criminality has to offer, including a computer-savvy arch-villain who wants to rule the world. Benedict Cumberbatch (War Horse, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) returns as the world’s foremost consulting detective, with Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, “The Office” UK) as the stalwart, if edgy, Dr. John Watson, and Andrew Scott (“Lennon Naked”) as the unassuming mastermind of evil, Jim Moriarty.
On the first episode, “A Scandal in Belgravia,” Sherlock and Watson are plunged into a case of blackmail involving crafty dominatrix Irene Adler, whose motto is “know when you are beaten.” It seems she has incriminating photos of a session with a British royal. Can she outsmart Sherlock at his own game? And at a battle he is ill prepared to wage — love?
Watch Masterpiece Mystery! Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 8pm.