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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 ... 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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Trivia

Series co-creator Mark Gatiss, who also plays Mycroft Holmes, appeared in Doctor Who: The Wedding of River Song (2011) in prosthetic make-up based on the appearance of Rondo Hatton as the Hoxton Creeper in another Sherlock Holmes incarnation, The Pearl of Death (1944) with Basil Rathbone. The character known as The Golem in this episode has a strong resemblance to Hatton's deformed killer. See more »

Goofs

After solving the 3rd case, the bomber shots and blows up the blind woman when she begins to tell Sherlock about his(the bomber's) voice. Sherlock even says in the next scene that he killed her because she started to describe him. However as soon as the woman was found she would have described him to the police. 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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Thrilling but incomprehensible in places
9 August 2010 | by pawebsterSee all my reviews

Despite gluing my eyes to the screen, and my ears to the speakers, I lost the plot in several places while watching this. I have a number of unanswered questions, but I won't go into them for fear of spoiling the enjoyment of those who haven't seen it yet.

However, it is no secret that Moriarty (not credited) reveals himself in this episode, which is exciting.

In fact the whole thing is thrilling and the fact that I am baffled half the time doesn't put me off.

Cumberbatch is excellent, and so is Freeman, whose role as Watson is harder to make interesting.

Watch this series - it's great.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Dolby Digital (5.1)

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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