‘The Woman’ is cast in BBC’s Sherlock and other series news

To Sherlock Holmes she was always the Woman. “I seldom heard him mention her under any other name”, claimed Doctor John Watson but this week the actress due to play the Woman was finally given a name, Lara Pulver.

Most famous for her role in True Blood, Lara Pulver will play the infamous Irene Adler in the BBC’s hugely successful adaptation Sherlock. The Woman, despite appearing in only one Sherlock Holmes adventure, is almost as famous as the genius detective himself due to the fact that she was the only woman, and criminal for that matter, to ever outsmart him. The character will make an appearance in the first episode ‘A Scandal in Belgravia’ which is one of three episodes to be produced. The episode is based on a story by Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle called ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’ in which Holmes and Watson are asked to acquire a compromising picture for the future king of Bohemia. Previous incarnations of the character have acted as Sherlock’s only love interest but will this be the case with the BBC’s Sherlock?

The new series will contain three ninety minute episodes starting with ‘A Scandal in Belgravia’ featuring the aforementioned Irene Adler and possibly an influential figure in Westminster in the place of the future King of Bohemia. The episode is to be written by Doctor Who producer Steven Moffat with the second episode, ‘Hound of Baskerville’, being written by horror fanatic and League of Gentlemen actor Mark Gatiss who will no doubt inject his passion for the horror genre into the episode ensuring ninety minutes of horror, suspense and ingenious observing. ‘The Hound of Baskerville’ is set to star Being Human’s Russell Tovey in the role of Henry who requires Holmes and Watson to protect him from the Hound prowling the local moors.

The third episode and grand finale of the series is to be written by Stephen Thompson – who previously wrote Doctor Who episode ‘The Curse of the Black Spot’”The Reichbach Fall’. The story is based on ‘The final Problem’ where Holmes is reunited with the Napoleon of Crime, Moriarty.  

Filming of the second series has already begun in Cardiff and will return to our screens in early 2012. Of course it is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence, however there is no doubting the second series is going to be fantastic.

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