SHERLOCK: "The Great Game"

SHERLOCK “The Great Game”

Film Air Date: November 7, 2010

Podcast Date: 2016.08.21




Mycroft needs Sherlock's help, but a remorseless criminal mastermind puts Sherlock on a distracting crime-solving spree via a series of hostage human bombs through which he speaks. The episode becomes a chess match between the foremost detective and the world’s first Consulting Criminal!


Clip 1:

Setting the stage

Begin: 3:38 "there's a head"

End: 5:16 "...stop inflicting your opinions on the world."

Clip 2:

Sherlock Outshines poor Watson

Begin: 45:32..."YES, oh yes!

End: 47:32..."how do you get a cab from here."

Clip 3:

The Climax (and nesat callback to clip one)

Begin: 1:07:53 "It's a fake it has to be"

End: 1:09:19 "the van buren supernova!"

You may want to end hard here for drama or include the kid afterward.

Clip 4:

The Best villain moment on Netflix!

Begin: 1:25:24 "Westwood."

End: 1:26:48 "no you won't"


  • Sherlock is the rare show that does not pander to the audience, it is unapologetically smart, but somehow still has heart..

  • Moriarty is one of the best villains in all of literature and film….this is a unique Moriarty and the performance is wholeheartedly phenomenal!

  • John Watson is the human being, the gateway into this world for us “humans.” Is Sherlock a hero? Is he a monster? I love that John wrestles with this as much as the audience must.


  • The plot of this episode was inspired by the Holmes short story, "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans."

  • The music used in the Planetarium presentation on Jupiter is from The Planets suite by Gustav Holst, but it is the first movement ("Mars, the Bringer of War"), not the fourth ("Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity").

  • Series co-creator Mark Gatiss, who also plays Mycroft Holmes, appeared in Doctor Who: The Wedding of River Song (2011) in prosthetic make-up based on the appearance of Rondo Hatton as the Hoxton Creeper in another Sherlock Holmes incarnation, The Pearl of Death (1944) with Basil Rathbone. The character known as The Golem in this episode has a strong resemblance to Hatton's deformed killer.


  • The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

  • The television in the diner states that Connie Prince found dead at 48 but Lestrade states in the next scene that she was 54. Obviously she lied on TV to make herself younger than she is.

  • The actress playing the blind woman strapped to one of the bombs is Rita Davies. She also plays a minor character in the short lived series My Life in Film, featuring Andrew Scott, who also plays Moriarty, the man who strapped that bomb onto her.


Episode cast overview, first billed only:


Benedict Cumberbatch


Sherlock Holmes


Martin Freeman


Dr. John Watson


Rupert Graves


DI Lestrade


Una Stubbs


Mrs. Hudson


Zoe Telford




Louise Brealey


Molly Hooper


Andrew Scott


Jim Moriarty


Vinette Robinson


Sgt Sally Donovan


Matthew Needham




Kemal Sylvester


Tube Guard


San Shella


Andrew West


Deborah Moore


Crying Woman


Lauren Crace




Nicholas Gadd


Scared Man


Caroline Trowbridge


Mrs Monkford



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