He is very modern -- and certainly very British. "Sherlock". Writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss conceived a brand new concept for a Sherlock Holmes TV series while travelling to and from their "Doctor Who" production base in Cardiff. BBC has launched the television crime drama in 2010, presenting the famous sleuth in a much upgraded design. Benedict Cumberbatch plays a modern-day version of Conan Doyle's investigator using all kinds of flashy, and modern technologies to find out things and solve the crimes at hand. Fans of Wales will love it, as like "Dr Who" the series is primarily shot in Cardiff. But still, a variety of London locations is used like North Gower Street presenting the background for exterior shots of Holmes' and Watson's 221B Baker Street residence.
Conan Doyle's stories have been adapted to a vast number of media i.e. various comic books, some of which have also placed the two characters in a very modern context. BBC's "Consulting Detective", who is frequently assisting the Metropolitan Police Service --, primarily DI Greg Lestrade (Rupert Graves), -- is by far the most successful modern adaption. Critical reception was overwhelmingly positive with regard to the quality of the writing, performances and direction. Sherlock has been nominated for numerous awards (BAFTAs and Emmys), winning several across a variety of categories. All six episodes have been released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in the UK, alongside tie-in editions of some of Conan Doyle's original books.