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This feature in the Guardian is, without a doubt, the best article I have read on the new series of Sherlock by a long long long way.
Cut and pasted from the Guardian website:
With three more cases for BBC1's Sherlock to crack, we speak to the series' co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
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My personal selected highlights:
Gatiss: "Everything is canonical."
Sherlock's second series features reworkings of three of Conan Doyle's most recognised tales. "Our motto is, 'To hell with deferred pleasure'," says Moffat.
Benedict Cumberbatch: "Very beautiful, incredibly smart, quick thinking and resourceful," is his description of Adler.
Both Freeman and Cumberbatch feel that Sherlock and John's relationship is progressing nicely. Those scenes of Watson picking his jaw up from the floor after another amazing Sherlockian deduction are less frequent in series two. Similarly, Holmes is far less dismissive towards his assistant. "There's a bit more of a united front," says Cumberbatch. "It's not just him going, 'Oh, Sherlock's amazing', and me [Sherlock] going 'Catch up!'" Holmes even lets Watson play detective in the second episode, The Hounds Of Baskerville, their take on Conan Doyle's most famous tale.
Though Sherlock's second series contains what might be the show's most excruciating moment, Cumberbatch maintains the character is "slowly gaining a humanity … He's on the side of the angels. His methods are definitely devilish, but he's got good at the core." Moffat agrees with this assessment: "On the journey that Holmes is on, he's sort of realising that he's not completely amoral … By meeting Moriarty he realises that he's not [evil]."
Andrew Scott as Jim Moriarty
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Ah, Moriarty. Should Holmes successfully negotiate "the Woman" and "the Hound", another face-off against his arch nemesis awaits. Andrew Scott has been handed an expanded role as Moriarty after an electrifying cameo at the close of the first series. Ten minutes were all that Scott required to make an impression, though the viewer response wasn't universally positive. Some thought Scott's frenzied, camp Moriarty a betrayal of Conan Doyle's original – "They were imagining a twirling moustache guy," is Scott's assessment of the reaction – while others grumbled about Moriarty's Irish brogue. Moffat is unrepentant. "I asked him to do an Irish accent because Moriarty's an Irish name and there's never been an Irish Moriarty," he says, describing Scott's portrayal as "terrifying … He has this amazing ability to conjure up this sort of blank-eyed desolation of a man too clever, too clever to exist almost." Scott, meanwhile, seems keen for the mixed reaction to Moriarty to continue. "I hope you do get that sense in series two he continues to be somebody that makes the audience think, 'Oh god, I don't really know what to make of him,'" he says.
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia, New Year's Day, 8.10pm, BBC1