The BBC at the moment are making a big deal of their production of Original British Drama. One effort in which they can rightly take pride is the recently finished second series of Sherlock.
The first series was broadcast in 2010, so for them to have taken so long to get round to broadcasting a second series is fairly remarkable, but nothing suffers for the wait and indeed the absence has made the heart grow fonder. The fact that the series was recomissioned reflects how well the debut season was in reintroducing us to the iconic literary figure from the late 19th and early 20th Century.
The challenge of the second in any creative business is to not just maintain to improve on what has already happened. Endeavours and careers are often brought down because of a dismal second effort. The executive producers and co-creators of the 21st Century Sherlock have succeeded in exceeding what they achieved in the first season. Intertwining the intrigue of solving mysteries in the larger context of an ongoing struggle the central character has with his nemesis, this season has done well in extending interest in the story as well as doing what good stories tend to do, add layers of further interest.
So much kudos goes to Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat for the way in which they have weaved this web of mystery and complexity within a dramatic form that leaves the viewer trying to work out what the solution is and what will happen to the main character. All three stories in the second series stand on their own merits with viewers who have no