Sherlock Holmes (2013 TV series)

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Sherlock Holmes
Шерлок Холмс
Sherlock Holmes Шерлок Холмс.jpg
Official poster
Genre Crime drama
Created by
Written by
  • Andrey Kavun
  • Leonid Porokhin
  • Igor Pogodin
Directed by
Composer(s) Gary Miller
Country of origin Russia
Original language(s) Russian
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 16 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Ruben Dishdishyan 2.3
Cinematography Central Partnership
Camera setup Dolby Digital
Running time 50 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Central Partnership
Original channel
Picture format HDTV
Original run November 18, 2013[1] – November 28, 2013[2]

Sherlock Holmes («Шерлок Холмс») is a Russian television crime drama series[3] based on the Sherlock Holmes detective stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, and was aired in November 2013.[4][5] Some of the stories have never been adapted before. It stars Igor Petrenko as Sherlock Holmes and Andrei Panin as Doctor John Watson. Sixteen episodes have been produced, while the first episode was aired in late 2013.

This is the last film role of Andrei Panin, who died before he was able to complete the dubbing of his lines as Dr. Watson .[6] However, they were able to finish the film almost entirely using the sound recorded on set, with only a small contribution by another voice actor.


London in the 19th century is a grimy, dirty, dangerous place. 27 year old Sherlock Holmes (Igor Petrenko) meets with Dr. John Watson (Andrei Panin) - a veteran Army doctor who has just returned from the war in Afghanistan. They both live in cramped rented rooms in central London at a boarding house run by Mrs Hudson (Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė). Considering his young detective friend to be a genius, Watson decides to write about the detective's talent, and discloses the mysteries to the whole world in his stories, which often embellish events, based on the cynical advice of a veteran Publisher (Alexander Adabashyan) with a keen sense of what sells.

The real Holmes is an awkward, intense, nerdy younger man. His violin playing sounds terrible, and he is neither a martial arts expert nor a crack shot Dr Watson makes him out to be. In fact, he doesn't even own a gun. Sherlock Holmes smokes cigarettes, but Watson comes up with the idea of the famous pipe for effect. The trademark Sherlock Holmes hat and cape were made up by Watson, as was Holmes' upper-class background. Neither of them is well off.

The two are often invited to take part in investigations by an inspector from Scotland Yard, Inspector Lestrade (Mikhail Boyarsky), whose search for the perpetrator often comes to a standstill. The genius investigator and the Doctor confront extraordinary villains: Professor Moriarty (Alexei Gorbunov) and the charming Irene Adler (Lyanka Gryu).


The story begins when Dr. Watson, newly arrived and in search of lodging in London, runs into Holmes at the scene of a fatal accident, which Holmes immediately recognizes as murder. He ends up renting a room at Mrs Hudson’s, next door to Holmes. Mrs Hudson is a younger and more attractive woman than Watson makes her out to be. She has taken a liking to Watson, but has a problem with Holmes who has no clear occupation and disturbs other tenants with his violin playing and science experiments.

Dr. Watson shortly gets involved in his new friend's life full of exciting and dangerous adventures and becomes his loyal sidekick. He is also trying to build a private medical practice, and to make a name for himself as a writer. His heroic war poetry is turned down by the publisher who convinces him to focus on writing detective stories instead.


"Holmes and Watson are characters which were screened, are screening and will be screened. I must say without exaggeration that this is like Hamlet. However, a director should venture upon this with something new of his own. Sherlock Holmes is literature for young people. Traditionally films are engaged in a search for the meaning of life, but this is a pure detective genre, adventure. In short, this is a direct test for professional self-determination"

Andrei Kavun[7]

The idea for a new Russian TV series about Sherlock Holmes was first announced in 2009, shortly before the release of Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes. But the choosing of the director and actors was much delayed, and the première was therefore put off for 3 years. The official production of the series only began in 2011.

Andrey Kavun, who is known for his work on the film "Kandahar", was appointed director.[8][9] Igor Petrenko was chosen for the role of Sherlock, and Andrei Panin was cast as Dr. Watson. For the role of Inspector Lestrade, Mikhail Boyarsky was chosen.

All surveys of Victorian England were held in eight months of filmings Russia, and the filmings were held in the vicinity of St. Petersburg - Vyborg, Kronstadt, Pushkin, Gatchina and Ivangorod. In total, the work on Sherlock Holmes, launched in September 2011, lasted 161 day of shooting. The filming was completed in May 2012 and the production was completed in late October 2012.

Influenced by Guy Ritchie's film, the role of the heroine, Irene Adler, was also expanded on during the show. Her love affair with Sherlock Holmes is one of the series' main storylines. She was portrayed by actress Lyanka Gryu. Kavun has also said he only plans to use the motives of the original stories, but will recreate the stories almost from scratch. The series will also assume that Watson's descriptions of the crimes have been embellished. Later he will try to adjust reality to his fantasies. As an example, Holmes' famous pipe will be replaced by cigarettes.[10]

Unlike most adaptations of Sherlock Holmes, the Sherlock in this adaptation is younger than Dr. Watson by 15 years.,[11] The filming was completed in May 2012,[12] and the series is begun to aired in November 2013 on channel Russia-1.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Domestic viewers
1 - 2 "221B Baker Street" Andrey Kavun Igor Pogodin, Leonid Porokhin November 18, 2013 TBA
Dr. John Watson, a former military officer, just arrived in London, after having been wounded during his service in Afghanistan, as medical officer. Alone without friends and family he started to looking for a flat, but soon he meets a stranger, a young man who seems to disturb the work of local policemen from Scotland Yard and their chief, Inspector Lastrade. The young man describes himself as a private detective named Sherlock Holmes, together they decided to share a flat, but Watson soon realize that he might put his life in danger by sharing a flat with his new friend. 
3 - 4 "Rock, scissors, paper" Andrey Kavun Igor Pogodin November 19, 2013 TBA
Peter Small, an old friend of Dr. Watson died while visiting Watson in his flat at Baker street. Holmes trying to find the murderer but begun to believe that Small was connected to a Band of Cabmen, that were committed crimes without been trapped. The only clue to them is an old picture that was taken years ago, during their studies. But a young woman named Irene Adler, come to visit Sherlock in his flat, and after she's going away, the picture disappeared. 
5 - 6 "Clowns" Andrey Kavun Leonid Porokhin November 20, 2013 TBA
A photographer is dead by bomb explosion in central London, and Holmes had to find the connection between the stolen picture and the bombing, while he soon has been informed about the hijacking of Irene Adler, he understand that he has to sacrifice something in exchange for her releasing. 
7 - 8 "The Mistress of Lord Maulbré" Andrey Kavun Leonid Porokhin November 21, 2013 TBA
Four women has been murdered and while the police arrested a suspect and prepared for his court, Holmes and Watson working around the clock to prevent his death. 
9 - 10 "The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual" Andrey Kavun Leonid Porokhin November 25, 2013 TBA
Holmes' friend, Sir Reginald Musgrave asking for help. He is scared and is on the verge of a nervous breakdown due to the fact that he is 33 years old, which means he need to pass a mystical rite of passage, after which he would become the full owner of the entire heritage of Musgrave family. During the same ceremony was murdered Reginald's father. In Musgrave Castle in Northern Scotland, Holmes and Watson discover encrypted key to the treasures of Charles I of England, who according to the Urban legend hidden in the castle. 
11 - 12 "Halifax" Andrey Kavun Leonid Porokhin November 26, 2013 TBA
After Watson published his memoirs about Sherlock Holmes, alongside with his partner he became more and more famous in London, but soon Sherlock and Watson facing eviction from the apartment in Baker Street. Meanwhile, a redhead lord, who learned about the Holmes' abilities decided to ask for help. On the same day the National Bank remarkable incident occurs; Someone named Ebenezer Buckley coming to trade a suitcase bills on exchange for pure gold. When Buckley came out of the bank, the police suddenly appeared and killed him. Holmes makes the assumption that there is a direct link between the Redheaded Man and Mr. Buckley's death, only part of a bigger cunning plan of someone who decides to undermine the economy of the British Kingdom. 
13 - 14 "Holmes' Last Case" Andrey Kavun Leonid Porokhin November 27, 2013 TBA
During a Christmas party organized in The estate of Count Brachear, the organiser is killed under unknown circumstances. Holmes with Dr. Watson called to deal with the case. Watson extremely surprised that Holmes manipulated the evidence and lead Inspector Lestrade to the wrong tracks. During the investigation Holmes receiving a message from mysterious woman, a call for help from Irene Adler. Ignoring Watson's warnings, Sherlock Holmes is goes to find and rescue Irene, even he knows that it could be at the cost of his own life. 
15 - 16 "The Hound of the Baskervilles" Andrey Kavun Leonid Porokhin November 28, 2013 TBA
Three years after Holmes' death, Dr. Watson is married to Mrs. Hudson and his stories about the famous detective successfully reissued. A small memorial museum has opened at the house on Baker Street. But life is boring without incidents and cases. So when the doctor is approached by a young girl with a request to disclose the reason for the death of his lover, Watson tries to solve the case. Soon he discover that the murder was committed after the disappearance of secret documents. Dr. Watson realizes that he need a reliable partner, and surprisingly he finds one. 

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