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MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! Sherlock, Season One - The Great Game

Airs Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson in M...

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Above: Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson in MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! SHERLOCK.

Two men who couldn't be more different — united by ADVENTURE! Blowing away the fog of the Victorian era, the world's most famous detective enters the 21st century. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch ("Atonement," "The Last Enemy") in the title role, Martin Freeman (THE OFFICE, UK) as Dr. John Watson and Rupert Graves ("God on Trial," "The Forsyte Saga") as Inspector Lestrade, Season One of SHERLOCK premiered in 2010.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Hartswood Films/BBC for MASTERPIECE

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes. A fast-paced, witty take on the legendary Sherlock Holmes crime novels, now set in present day London and starring Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Last Enemy") as the Baker Street sleuth and Martin Freeman ("The Office" UK) as his loyal sidekick Doctor Watson.

Benedict Cumberbatch Interview

In an exclusive video interview, SHERLOCK star Benedict Cumberbatch talks about putting a 21st century twist on the famed Victorian detective, the blood, sweat and violin lessons that went into his preparation for the role and the superlative Sherlocks in whose methodical footsteps he is following.

Sherlock Book and Film Club

Find intriguing discussion questions and test your Sherlockian skills with these new MASTERPIECE Book & Film Club materials.

In with three criminally clever whodunits, "A Study in Pink" (repeats Dec. 12th), "The Blind Banker" (repeats Dec. 19) and "The Great Game" (repeats Dec. 26th), consulting detective Sherlock Holmes teams up with former army doctor John Watson to solve a dizzying array of crimes with his signature deductive reasoning.

From the writers of DOCTOR WHO, SHERLOCK is co-created and written by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat. (Watch the interview below)

"The Great Game" - Sherlock Holmes is bored. And he's not just staring at the wall, he's shooting at it. London is quiet and peaceful, and for Holmes, that is nothing short of maddening. An explosion rocks Holmes and Dr. John Watson out of their doldrums and into a series of deadly puzzles conceived by a brilliant bomber.

It starts with a pair of shoes left in the center of an empty room — shoes connected to a case that caught Holmes's interest twenty years ago as a boy. Soon a blood-soaked car, a television star and a recovered classic painting figure into an ever-widening cat-and-mouse game.

As fast as Holmes can deduce answers, more cryptic clues arrive from his intelligent and violent adversary. After many surreal twists and turns, the outcome of the game may be uncertain, but for once, Sherlock has found a worthy opponent.


KPBS will also rebroadcast all the episodes from SHERLOCK SEASON 2 on Thursday nights, beginning January 2 through January 16, 2014, leading up to the premiere of SEASON 3 on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV.

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Preview: Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock: The Great Game

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson star in MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! SHERLOCK. In this episode, Sherlock must solve perplexing and dangerous puzzles specifically laid out for him. Can he and Watson catch up to the villain before innocent people are harmed? Alan Cumming Hosts.

Gatiss & Moffat: The Time for Sherlock

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Watch Sherlock: Gatiss & Moffat: The Time for Sherlock on PBS. See more from Masterpiece.

SHERLOCK co-creators and writers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat on the boyhood Sherlock fandom that fueled their new series, the casting and on-screen chemistry of their two lead characters and surprising connections between their modernized detective and "Doctor Who."

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