Sherlock, Series 2 Sneak Peek at the Little Theatre

Tue, 05/01/2012 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Join WXXI and the Little Theatre for a sneak peek at the much-anticipated series two of Masterpiece Mystery's Sherlock Holmes!

Be one of the first to see the struggle continue in 21st-century London as the updated team of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson battle the worst that modern criminality has to offer, including a computer-savvy arch-villain who wants to rule the world. WXXI and the Little Theatre invite you to join us at the theatre on Tuesday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. for an evening of Sherlock Holmes, where you'll see the last episode from series one of Masterpiece Mystery's Sherlock Holmes, followed by a sneak peek at series two. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call (585) 258-0200.

Want to do a little sleuthing before the screening? Two weeks leading up to the screening, WXXI will post clues to a mystery on WXXI's Facebook page. Solve the mystery, and bring the evidence with you to the screening. When you do, you'll be entered in a drawing to win a Sherlock Holmes Prize pack, which includes Sherlock Holmes DVDs, a gift certificate to Scotland Yard Pub, in addition to other Sherlock items! 

In case you missed the questions on Facebook, here they are (there will be a total of 4):

Posted 4/21: Benedict Cumberbatch plays Sherlock Holmes in the Masterpiece Mystery series. Name three actors who have played Sherlock Holmes in TV or film.

Posted 4/24: What is the name of the headquarters for the Metropolitan Police Service of the British? And, take a picture of place in Rochester that has the same name.

Posted 4/26: The Masterpiece Mystery version of "Sherlock Holmes" was created by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, who are best known for writing what BBC TV series? Hint: The series also aired on WXXI-TV.

Posted 4/30: What is the most famously mistaken Sherlock Holmes’ quote — that was never actually used in Arthur Doyle's original works?

More about the new series: Benedict Cumberbatch returns as the world’s foremost consulting detective, with Martin Freeman as the stalwart, if edgy, Dr. John Watson, and Andrew Scott as the unassuming mastermind of evil, Jim Moriarty.Guest stars for the new season include Lara Pulver as Irene Adler, the only woman who ever kindled the embers of passion in Holmes; and Russell Tovey as the character who speaks the immortal line, “Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!” Except the hound he means is not just big!

Each of the three episodes in the new season is pegged to a classic Sherlock Holmes story by Arthur Conan Doyle—delightfully, weirdly, wittily, and briskly updated, of course: 

A Scandal in Belgravia—Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 9pm on WXXI-TV/HD
Picking up from last season’s gripping conclusion, Sherlock and Watson are plunged into a case of blackmail involving crafty dominatrix Irene Adler, whose motto is “know when you are beaten.” It seems she has incriminating photos of a session with a British royal. Can she outsmart Sherlock at his own game—and at a battle he is ill prepared to wage: love?

The Hounds of Baskerville—Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 9pm on WXXI-TV/HD
Sherlock and Watson pursue the trail of the Baskerville experiments—top-secret government research on genetically engineered gigantic animals for military use. Or so it is rumored. Whatever the truth, something big is up on the moors.

The Reichenbach Fall— Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 9pm on WXXI-TV/HD
In what may be the climatic case of his career, Sherlock faces Moriarty’s diabolical plot to “get Sherlock,” which begins innocently enough when the criminal mas- termind breaks into the Crown Jewels. As the scheme unfolds, Moriarty poses the “final problem,” and a tabloid reporter reveals the “shocking truth” about the great detective.