Filming begins for Sherlock second series

16 May 2011

Hartswood Films’ much praised, multi-award winning drama Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, has started filming on location in Cardiff and London for a second series of three, 90 minute films.

The contemporary version of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic, Sherlock co-created by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Coupling) and Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen, Doctor Who, The First Men In The Moon) caused a sensation in 2010, delivering an audience of over 8 million viewers, who tuned in to watch Sherlock and John Watson navigate a maze of cryptic clues and lethal killers in three thrilling, action packed adventures.

Benedict Cumberbatch (War Horse, Frankenstein) stars as Sherlock and is joined by Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, The Office) as Dr John Watson, Rupert Graves (Case Sensitive, Garrow’s Law) as Inspector Lestrade and Una Stubbs (Worzel Gummidge, EastEnders) as Mrs Hudson.

Steven says: “The three stories will be called A Scandal In Belgravia, The Hounds of Baskerville and The Reichenbach Fall.” Gatiss reveals that when it came to sharing the writing responsibilities, Steven chose to do the twisted love story whilst he chose the Gothic horror and Stephen Thompson (Silk, Doctor Who) is writing the thrilling finale.

The series was commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, who says: “The hotly anticipated return of BBC One’s hit series Sherlock begins filming this week with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman on fine form.”

See the Sherlock Second Series press release for more information.