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The Curious Case Of The Missing Sherlock Holmes Pilot

To the outrage of some, the BBC has decided not to screen the pilot for its new Sherlock Holmes series, but instead rework the series and go straight into production on the series. Was it really that bad?

The new Holmes - the work of Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat and Who (and The League of Gentlemen) writer Mark Gatiss - updated the characters and settings to the modern day, and stars The Office's Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson. The series is still going ahead, planned for a July launch, but missing its pilot episode, according to British newspaper The Sun, which reports an anonymous source as saying,

BBC1 controller Jay Hunt and drama head Ben Stephenson felt the pilot didn't work so ordered the changes. The crew couldn't just re-use footage because the series is now totally different. The stories are now more intricate and detailed, so they basically had to start again... [The pilot] must have been a real stinker.

If the Sun is to be believed, the pilot may have cost in the region of $120,000 - An expensive write-off for the publicly funded network.

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