Have you been following the most recent TV adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's literary detective Sherlock Holmes on PBS? The British series, simply entitled Sherlock, just completed its second series with a mind-blowing season finalé. If you're quick, you can watch it on PBS.org (it expires June 19th). The first season is currently streaming on Netflix. The first installment in this second series contains Christmas scenes however I wouldn't consider it a Christmas-themed episode. Thanks to J.A. Morris from Holiday Film Reviews for starting this conversation.
But there are other Christmas-themed Sherlock Holmes stories. The first one that comes to mind is the 1984 episode "The Blue Carbuncle" from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes starring Jeremy Brett as the title character.
|Jeremy Brett looking quite clever as the 1980s version of Sherlock Holmes|
Holmes is asked by a neighbor, Mr. Peterson, to help him find the man who has dropped his hat and a Christmas goose during an attempted mugging. When the goose carcass is found to contain a recently stolen precious blue gem, Holmes’ interest is further piqued.
|Peterson wants to find the owner of the hat and the Christmas goose.|
|Sherlock merely examines the hat and knows the owner's personality traits, lifestyle and habits!?|
|The precious Blue Carbuncle has a violent and sordid past.|
As expected, Watson and Holmes eventually outwit the thief of the Blue Carbuncle, and Holmes demonstrates the spirit of the season by forgiving the repentant thief.
|In the spirit of Christmas, Sherlock offers the thief not only forgiveness but a second chance at life.|
TV junkies like myself may get a kick out seeing actor Frank Mills in the role of Peterson. Mills also appeared in the much beloved, 1990s British detective series Hetty Wainthropp Investigates as Frank Wainthropp. I'm the hugest fan of that gentle series--I admire Hetty's courage and desire to help people by using the common sense and wisdom she's earned throughout her long life. She's one sassy senior, brought to life by actress Patricia Routledge. I wish Hetty Wainthropp Investigates had a Christmas episode!
|L to R: Hetty (Patricia Routledge), her assistant Geoffrey (Dominic Monaghan) and her husband Frank (Frank Mills). Do you recognize Monaghan from Lord of the Rings?|
Back to The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: This Christmas episode "The Blue Carbuncle" also gives viewers another opportunity to immerse themselves in Victorian-era London at Christmas time. Charles Dickens may have inspired us to be sentimental about nineteenth-century England at the holidays but this story allows TV viewers to indulge in the era from another literary standpoint.
"The Blue Carbuncle" episode from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is currently streaming on Netflix. What's your favorite version of Sherlock Holmes? Are you tempted to watch the new one coming this fall entitled Elementary with Lucy Liu as a female Watson?