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PBS's 'Sherlock' series proves that a great detective works in any era

The recently completed second season of Sherlock on PBS's Masterpiece Mystery! proves there is plenty of life and fun left in the 125-year-old detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

CBS even announced last week that next fall it will air Elementary, a modern-day transplanted-to-New York City version of the tale starring Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes and Lucy Liu as Watson.

The network, however, will have to go a long way to top this Sherlock, which is set in today's London. One of the reasons is Benedict Cumberbatch (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), whose portrayal of the eccentric master of deduction is just so bloody enjoyable. Martin Freeman is equally terrific as Watson.

This production squarely puts Holmes in the technological age. He is as familiar with texting as he is with bloodstains.

The first of the three episodes — "A Scandal in Belgravia," inspired by A Scandal in Bohemia from Conan Doyle's original Holmes stories — brings Holmes face to face with the character of Irene Adler (Lara Pulver), frequently used as a love interest for the detective although she only appeared in one story.

In the amusing script by Steven Moffat, who also has rebooted Doctor Who, Adler is not just some adventuress (a vague term for a woman of ill repute) but a dominatrix. And how does the puzzle-solver react? He is taken with her; so you know this is not your father's Sherlock.

The only bad thing about the series: There are just three episodes.

Sherlock: Season Two retails for $29.98 or $39.98 Blu-ray.

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