Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Scotsman.com - Eat, drink and watch telly


...But in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking (today, BBC1, 9.25pm), the eagle-eyed (and eagle-beaked) detective, played by Rupert Everett, has hung up his magnifying glass, concentrating instead on feeding his opium habit in the darkest and foggiest corners of old London town - clever use of three trillion smoke machines can cunningly disguise a multitude of 21st-century sins. It takes a visit to Baker Street from old mate Dr Watson (Ian Hart) to coax Holmes out of retirement and help solve a case that threatens the very core of the aristocracy. In this original tale written by Allan Cubitt, Everett portrays the master sleuth with the haughtiness and asexuality expected from the role. Sadly, despite his movie pedigree, Everett’s Holmes lacks the sharpness and depth other actors have brought to the part, creating a character who is just too smooth and superficial. Nevertheless, I’m sure he’ll get to the bottom of it....