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The Great Game 

Mycroft needs Sherlock's help, but a remorseless criminal mastermind puts Sherlock on a distracting crime-solving spree via a series of hostage human bombs through which he speaks.

Director:

Paul McGuigan

Writers:

Mark Gatiss, Arthur Conan Doyle (based on the works of) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Sherlock Holmes
Martin Freeman ... Dr. John Watson
Rupert Graves ... DI Lestrade
Una Stubbs ... Mrs. Hudson
Zoe Telford ... Sarah
Louise Brealey ... Molly Hooper
Andrew Scott ... Jim Moriarty
Vinette Robinson ... Sgt Sally Donovan
Matthew Needham Matthew Needham ... Bezza
Kemal Sylvester Kemal Sylvester ... Tube Guard
San Shella ... Andrew West
Deborah Moore ... Crying Woman
Lauren Crace ... Lucy
Nicholas Gadd Nicholas Gadd ... Scared Man
Caroline Trowbridge Caroline Trowbridge ... Mrs Monkford
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Storyline

Mycroft wants his brother Sherlock to investigate the murder of civil servant Andrew West and theft of the Bruce-Partington missile plans. Sherlock, however, prefers to assist Lestrade following a massive bomb blast. The sadistic bomber abducts a string of hostages, who will be released after Sherlock has solved a series of puzzles, including a twenty year old murder, an insurance scam, and the alleged forgery of a long lost painting. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss were originally not going to put a confrontation between Moriarty and Sherlock into the first three episodes, but realised that they "just had to do a confrontation scene. We had to do a version of the scene in 'The Final Problem' in which the two arch-enemies meet each other." See more »

Goofs

When Sherlock talks about Clostridium botulinum, and the botulism toxin, the cutaway shot towards a picture of the organisms is incorrect. Under a normal optical bench-top microscope you would not get false coloring like that shown, and C. botulinum is a Gram positive spore-forming rod bacteria. What is shown is not C. botulinum. Also, the neurotoxin that causes botulism can easily be detected during an autopsy through clinical presentation and serology. Death would not occur as quickly by the method of administration described. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sherlock Holmes: Just... tell me what happened from the beginning.
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Connections

References Jim'll Fix It (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

The Planets: Mars, The Bringer of War
Composed by Gustav Holst
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I can't follow half of it, but couldn't care less, this is magical.
31 July 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

The height of brilliance is how I'd describe The Great Game, it's a deeply complex and multi layered story, that on the surface is quite hard to follow, partly because the show is so energetic and pacey, that it moves from one conundrum to another. It all seems to make sense in the end during the first proper encounter between Holmes and Moriarty.

It's eighty minutes of tantalising, gripping non stop energy, and ten minutes of the best TV viewing of all time, Cumberbatch and Freeman are excellent, both so impressive in their roles, but the magic comes from the full introduction of Andrew Scott, his characterisation of the normally sober Moriarty must rank as one of the best performances of all time. Scott is breathtakingly good in the role, drowning in charisma and personality, he played the definitive Moriarty, talk about elevating the show. That showdown scene was simply perfect.

I loved it. 10/10


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