Sherlock: 10 Hidden Details Everyone Completely Missed

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The BBC Series Sherlock rejuvenated the Sherlock Holmes mythos with its modern take on the British sleuth. Through the star-making performances of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman paired with the writing of Steven Moffat and Mark Gattis, the show became an international hit.

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Apart from its excellent characterization and writing, the series is chock full of references and details that you're bound to miss the first time around. Looking back over the course of its run, here are ten details you might have missed from Sherlock. 

10 Criterion Coffee

In the very first episode of the series, Martin Freeman's John Watson sits down in a park and meets up with an old friend, Mike Stamford. The two get to talking, and Watson is referenced to Sherlock in terms of a possible lodging situation.

In this scene, the two are drinking cups of coffee. The labels on the cups read Criterion, seemingly a coffee shop chain nearby. In reality, this is a reference to the Criterion Bar, the location where Watson and Stamford meet in the original Sherlock Holmes novels.

9 Watson's Shooting Hand

In the second episode of the series, Sherlock and Watson uncover a series of codes hinting at the identity of a killer in London. While deducing a crime scene, Sherlock mentions the following: "It's highly unlikely that a left-handed man would shoot himself in the right side of his head."

Ironically enough, this is a direct jab at Watson. John, who is left-handed, doesn't shoot with said hand. Instead, he uses his right hand to pull the trigger.

8 Doctor Who Connection

In the finale of season one, Sherlock is attacked inside a planetarium. This scene was one of the most frightening of the whole series, with the hulking killer hidden by strobe lights behind Sherlock.

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In the scene, you can hear the narrator of the planetarium giving his pre-recorded message. This was in fact recorded by Peter Davidson, former Fifth Doctor on the long-running science fiction series Doctor Who.

7 Old Timey Typing

One of the defining features of John's character is his obsession with his blog. It is here where he records his adventures alongside Sherlock, garnering a worldwide following. Unlike most modern-day typists though, John types with only his two index fingers.

This feels like a direct homage to the typing technique of the victorian age. Back when John Watson would have been using a typewriter in the original novels, he would not have used all of his fingers as we do.

6 Something Stronger Than Tea

One of the most defining characteristics of Sherlock, in any iteration, is his addictive personality. Though it doesn't always come across as obviously as in the books, most iterations have some sort of reference to his debilitating habits.

In one episode of Sherlock, for example, someone offers him a cup of tea. Sherlock responds saying that he needs something stronger, specifically 7% stronger. This is a direct allusion to the fact that Sherlock used a 7% solution of cocaine in the original novels.

5 The Thieving Magpie

Moriarty is one of the most iconic villains of English fiction. As such, he always needs to be impactful in any adaption. Andrew Scott's interpretation certainly didn't disappoint. In one of his most outrageous moments, Scott's Moriarty breaks into the crown jewels vault in the Tower of London.

The scene is accompanied by the musical piece La Cass Ladra by Gioachino Rossini. The title translates literally to The Thieving Magpie, an allusion to the birds who have a propensity to steal shiny objects.

4 No Jurries In Hamburg

In the first episode of season three, there is a sequence in a courtroom in Hamburg, Germany. This seems average enough, there is everything in this courtroom as there should be. A Judge, a bailiff, and a jury. But one of these things doesn't belong.

In German jurisdiction, there are no such things as juries. They are simply nonexistent in that system. It seems like a major thing for this team to overlook.

3 A Slipper Smoker

Weddings can be a bit stressful for anyone. For all of Sherlock's bravado, he gets just as stressed, resorting to one of his greatest vices, smoking. In the episode of John and Mary's wedding, this is on full display.

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Sherlock can be seen stuffing a bunch of cigarettes in the inside of a single slipper. This is a direct book reference once again, as Sherlock Holmes was known to keep his pipe tobacco in a Persian slipper.

2 Mr. And Mrs. Holmes

When it comes to families, the Holmeses are far from picture-perfect. The relationship between Sherlock and Mycroft is testy, to say the least, and audiences barely see beyond that.

But, in one episode fans were treated to a glimpse at the pair's parents. If you thought they looked familiar, that's because they had a very close connection with the series' lead actor. Funnily enough, Mr. and Mrs. Holmes were both played by Benedict Cumberbatch's real parents, actors Timothy Carlton and WandaVentham.

1 The Iconic Catchphrase

The entire premise of the series Sherlock was to take these beloved literary characters and blend them into our own time. So, when fans were promised a glimpse of an authentic take on the Sherlock mythos featuring the same team, no one could have asked for more.

The abominable bride fit right into the established aesthetics and mood of the new series but infused it with the classic victorian charm of the books. Watson's mustache was back, Sherlock's hair was slicked back in a smooth Victorian fashion, and cars were replaced with horse-drawn carriages. One of the other things this episode brought to the table was the chance for these characters to bring some more authenticity from the books to life. Specifically, this is the one and only time in the entire run of Sherlock when the immortal line, "Elementary, My Dear Watson" was uttered.

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