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Benedict Cumberbatch Reveals There's No Rivalry Between The UK And US Sherlocks

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12/11/2013 8:28 am
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Benedict Cumberbatch Reveals There's No Rivalry Between The UK And US Sherlocks

Jamie Harsip

Content Editor

It's time to put down the pitchforks, Sherlockians! It's okay to like both BBC's Sherlock and CBS's Elementary - Benedict Cumberbatch says so! The star of the UK's TV re-imagining of Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novels says he fully supports its American counterpart. This is due in no small part to Cumberbatch's own counterpart - Jonny Lee Miller. The two Sherlock Holmes actors are, in fact, good friends, having famously co-starred alongside one another in Danny Boyle's epic stage production of Frankenstein. "I watched it... it's great. It's watching an actor I really like playing a part I really like and enjoy playing," he told Digital Spy. Originally Cumberbatch felt “cynical” about the idea of another Sherlock Holmes series gracing our televisions, but clearly he has come around. The Watson to Cumberbatch’s Sherlock, however, has yet to take a peek at their “competition”. Martin Freeman says of Elementary, "I haven't and that's not a snubbing, it's just because I haven't seen most shows from anywhere…I wish them the best of luck, I think she's great, I think Jonny Lee Miller is really good." Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat hasn’t seen it either – and he isn’t planning on it. Moffat wants to maintain “absolute separation” between his work and other iterations of the iconic character, although he acknowledges that to be an uphill battle: "It's not just one other version of Sherlock Holmes, it's every other version of Sherlock Holmes. There's the Robert Downey Jr films…Basil Rathbone and Jeremy Brett live on television most days if you look hard enough! You're never the only version of Sherlock Holmes." Moffat even wants his stories to maintain their individuality amongst not only the sea of Sherlock Holmes adaptations, but also Doyle’s original stories: “There are episodes that are brand-new stories really, with ingredients and elements from the original… We don't feel any sort of obligation to start from an original. There are just so many unused, untouched ideas in the original that you want to go for them. The majority of our stories are new." The anxiously awaited third season of Sherlock will finally air on January 1, 2014 at 9pm on BBC One. In the meantime, though, fans can get their fill of the Benedict Cumberbatch/Martin Freeman double act this Friday with the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.


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