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We've all been fascinated by the characters of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, the way Sherlock thinks, and all the actors who've brought these characters to life, the different interpretations, which in a way, makes it tricky to pick who's our favorite one. In this 21st century, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law might come to mind thanks to Guy Ritchie's movies. Second, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman thanks to BBC One's series, done in an unusual way, but is a delight as an appetizer and a full meal. And lastly, CBS's Elementary, starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu.

Here's ten things that you didn't know about the British version of the show:

1. Matt Smith auditioned for the role of Watson before he was casted as the 11th Doctor in 'Doctor Who'. Steven Moffat did thought he would be better off playing Holmes.

Freeman, Una Stubbs (Mrs. Hudson) and Abbington
Freeman, Una Stubbs (Mrs. Hudson) and Abbington

2. Mary, John Watson's fiancé/wife in the series is played by Amanda Abbington, who in real life is married to Martin Freeman, who plays John Watson.

3. The common use of the expression "the game is on" is the modern equivalent to Arthur Conan Doyle's (creator of Sherlock Holmes) saying "the game is afoot", which is a line borrowed from William Shakespeare's 'Henry V' play.

4. Mark Gatiss, co-creator of the series also plays Sherlock's brother, Mycroft in the series. He's quite the versatile, isn't he?

5. Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, both creators of the show thought Benedict Cumberbatch was perfect to play the role of Sherlock after watching his work in 'Atonement'.

6. The memory technique "memory palace" which Sherlock uses to store things in order to help him remember and visualize later on about a case, is a real method that goes back to ancient Rome. It is also used in Thomas Harris novel "Hannibal".

7. The series has adapted the majority of Conan Doyle's short stories and re-imagined it, including the novel "The Hounds of Baskerville."

8. The series tries to not cast recognized actors. It makes sense since after Cumberbatch and Freeman were casted, the series skyrocketed their career. The same with Andrew Scott who plays Jim Moriarty.

Cumberbatch's parents
Cumberbatch's parents

9. Cumberbatch's real-parents, Timothy Carlton and Wenda Ventham played Sherlock and Mycroft's parents in the series.

10. A young Sherlock is presented in a flashback scene in the episode "His Last Vow" and is played by Moffat and Sue Vertue (producer)'s son, Louis.


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