“Mr Holmes, do you not ruminate upon the labelling of a mere three episodes as a ‘series’ being a tad preposterous?” “Indubitably!”

Still, as this is the fourth outing of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved dick and sidekick, Holmes and Watson, we’re used to it. We certainly won’t complain about the dramatic punch contained in the three movie-length episodes contained within, either, each of their own but also supporting overarching intrigue. ‘The Six Thatchers’ involves ex-PM Maggie busting out in China, death and a classic Holmesian mystery. ‘The Lying Detective’ features both cereal and serial killer, while the finale – appropriately named ‘The Final Problem’ – is a trip. Family matters, and this possibly final episode – despite Cumberbatch being signed for a fifth outing – is, well, it is what it is…

Release Date: 15 February 2017
Format:  DVD Blu-ray
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Amanda Abbington

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