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It's not really fair to compare the two newest adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous investigator. They are set in different worlds, employ different rules. One's a television series while the other lives on film. Also, it's not fair to compare them because it's not much of a comparison. Sorry Ritchie, Downey and Law but the most compelling Sherlock Holmes can be found on the BBC. And Sherlock Series 2 is just around the corner. For the United Kingdom anyway.

That's right. For those of us in North America who loved the first series and can't wait to see Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman back as Holmes and Watson, well, we have to wait. Too bad for us. However, for those lucky enough to have BBC One, Series 2 of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss' Sherlock begins right after the new year. New Year's Day to be precise. BBC recently released a few trailers for the three episode new season (two below, two more on the Sherlock website) and it looks like more fun than ever. They give us a great glimpse at the mind of the brilliant detective, the humor and chemistry of the leading men and the sinister yet playful nemesis in Moriarty. All four are quite wonderful (despite the somewhat forced anagrams). Oh, and one last thing, you'll hear a quick reference to it in one of the trailers but the second episode is titled "The Hounds of Baskerville" which might be the most famous book in Doyle's series.

Sherlock Series 2 opens with an episode titled "A Scandal in Belgravia" which is supposedly a take on Sir Arthur Conan Dolye's "A Scandal in Bohemia" and since the names are somewhat similar, that's probably a fair assumption. Plus, BBC One has posted the official synopsis for the series opener (below) and it seems that this incarnation of Holmes and Watson will, like the Guy Ritchie films, also introduce the sleuth's famous female adversary, Irene Adler. Here's the trailer that finds both Sherlock and Irene naked at some point. Do I sense sexual tension (sorry, heterosexual sexual tension) at 221B Baker Street?

[YouTube clips via Sherlockology]

Synopsis (and clips, if in the right region) from the BBC One Sherlock website,
A case of blackmail threatens to topple the monarchy itself, but soon Sherlock and John discover there is even more to it than that. They find themselves battling international terrorism, rogue CIA agents, and a secret conspiracy involving the British government. But this case will cast a longer shadow on their lives than they could ever imagine, as the great detective begins a long duel of wits with an antagonist as cold and ruthless and brilliant as himself: Irene Adler. Paul McGuigan Directs.

Sherlock Series 2 airs on BBC One on January 1, 2012 at 8:10 p.m. A Happy New Year indeed. As for this side of the pond (if you're on this side), we won't see the second season of BBC's Sherlock until May 2012 on PBS. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. It was created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.