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MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! Sherlock, Season One - A Study In Pink

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

Airs Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

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.

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.
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.

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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)

"A Study In Pink" - Dr. John Watson is back in modern-day London after serving in the war in Afghanistan. His therapist, convinced that Watson is plagued by violent memories, urges him to express himself in a blog. But nothing much ever happens to Watson, and it's not that he's haunted by the war — he longs for it.

Enter an eccentric roommate — one Sherlock Holmes. He plays the violin when he's thinking, sometimes doesn't talk for days, and has a dubious career as a self-described consulting detective.

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When what appear to be serial suicide cases surface in London, a desperate Detective Inspector Lestrade reluctantly consults the freakish Sherlock. To Sherlock, a crime spree is like Christmas — only made better by the possibility that these crimes may be the work of a devious serial killer. The game is on, and before it is over, Sherlock will put his life on the line — all to keep from being bored to death.

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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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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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