SPEC Script: Sherlock

‘Sherlock’ is a highly-acclaimed BBC Masterpiece Mystery Series written by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, based on the original Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Arguably, it was also the impetus for the American Series ‘Elementary’, based on the same characters.

Two of the many hallmarks of the series is how well it manages to place the original stories in a modern context and how successfully it relies on the acting skill of its leads Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes) and Martin Freeman (John Watson).

If you haven’t seen the series already, you’re missing out on some excellent storytelling. The show has currently seen two series, both consisting of three hour-and-a-half episodes.

You can find them on Amazon (here) as well as Netflix Streaming (here).

My attempt at writing a script for Sherlock is below. Like the series, I’ve attempted to mix original ideas with an update of an original Arthur Conan Doyle story. In this case, it was ‘The Adventure Of The Empty House’, one of his best-known.

Writer’s Note: One of the stories selected for Series 3 of ‘Sherlock’ is the same story I adapted for my script. It goes without saying that I would never have intended this as an “alternative” to an actual episode (as it might appear to someone who found this post after that episode has aired). My script was written quite a while before this episode was announced, and purposely avoids any overarching plots. Again, I would never dream of “correcting” such a fantastic show.

My attempt at writing an episode is presented, like the show, in one long ninety-minute script.

Sherlock Spec:
The Adventure Of The Two Rooms (Download PDF)

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