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8. Sherlock (2010 – )

We’ve seen two major re-imaginings of Arthur Conan Doyle‘s detective stories in recent years – the Guy Ritchie action extravaganza (with Robert Downey Jr.) and the BBC adaptation. Those who’ve watched both almost unanimously prefer the latter. Much of the British series’ acclaim is owed to Steven Moffat‘s clever, kinetic update of Holmes’s tales from 19th century London to the Digital Age. But credit must be given to Benedict Cumberbatch, an actor of endless intellectual and comedic gifts, who has vigorously shaken the cobwebs off the legendary detective. (Own it on DVD.)

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.