A nation mourns the ending of the second series of ‘Sherlock’ on BBC television.
Here are the iamhyperlexic awards, which are conferred with particular regards since Sherlock is undoubtedly a fellow – and worse – sufferer.
Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) is excluded from all awards except his own categories.
Sherlock’s Best Line: after Mycroft had told Mrs Hudson to shut up, and Sherlock and Watson have reprimanded Mycroft, and Sherlock says to Mrs Hudson, “But do in fact shut up” (episode 2/1).
Best Actor: a very tight contest, with nominations for Watson (Martin Freeman), Moriarty (Andrew Scott), Molly (Louise Brealey), and Mycroft (Mark Gatiss). The winner is Martin Freeman, who crosses the line first because of his performance in the graveside sequence in episode 2/3.
Best Supporting Actor: Henry Knight (Russell Tovey), episode 2/2.
Best Line by an Actor other than Sherlock: in the lab, episode 2/3, where Molly is talking about when her father was dying, and how Sherlock behaves when he thinks he is unobserved. He says, “But you were there,” and Molly says, “I don’t count”.
Best Editorial Decision in Making the Adaptation Contemporary: not having Moriarty as a professor of mathematics. Making John Watson a blogger comes a close second.
Worst Editorial Decision: addicts will be lamenting the fact that a few of the stories have been wantonly thrown away by being merely trappings for the others, or fillers for John Watson’s blog.
Character Benefitting Most from the Adaptation: a very close-run thing between Mrs Hudson and Moriarty, and Mrs Hudson is the surprise winner. She is no longer part of the furniture and is now a fully-formed human being, admirably played by Una Stubbs. She could have her own series after this.
Best New Character: The nominations are: Molly Hooper (Louise Brealey), Sergeant Sally Donovan (Vinette Robinson), and Kitty Riley, the journalist (Katherine Parkinson). Molly wins it by a mile. The question on every-one’s lips is: is anything ever going to happen between her and Sherlock? Yes, it would probably be a fake reaction borne out of pity, or as a temporary measure to cool her ardour, or because of something to do with a case, but I am fascinated by the prospect of it. It would make an absolutely riveting (and probably hilarious) bedroom scene.
Most Obliging Moment of History: the UK’s involvement in Afghanistan. If you have never read it, get a copy of the original text of ‘A Study In Scarlet’, the first story, and the one where Watson meets Sherlock. Watson describes his disastrous time in Afghanistan. It was written in 1886. Page 1 mentions the name ‘Kandahar’.
I am now counting the seconds until we find out whether my prediction about Moriarty is true. SERIES 3 NOW.