Benedict Cumberbatch. Yes, that's his real name. It almost sounds like the name of a character who comes to Sherlock for help in one of Arthur Doyle's original novels. But Benedict, who cut his teeth with a great deal of UK theatre (of course) and a surprising amount of radio dramas (don't you love that they still exist even?!), is a unusually articulate and oddly perfect choice for the detective of 221B Baker Street.
I only got to catch one of the episodes, "A Scandal In Belgravia" but it was brilliant. I'm generally not a fan of crime procedural shows but this is quite far removed from the genre; sexy and literate and smart and funny. These are not words that come to mind when thinking of, say, an episode of LAW & ORDER. So I was pleasantly surprised and a bit hooked too. There are three "seasons" of this show which is really more like a mini-series as the episodes are feature length and there are only 3-4 per season. A curious schedule but perfect for an equally curious show.