So far in Murdoch Mysteries, we have seen a pleasant picture of the loveable and law-abiding city of Toronto, a place where Detective Murdoch’s reputation for catching killers has led him to being the utmost authority as the most talented police detective in the region. So when a new crime wave sweeps the city, Murdoch is called upon yet again to apprehend those responsible… but what happens when a new face arrives in town and challenges his authority?
After a botched armed robbery in Toronto, the thieves escape capture and leave a trail of bodies in their wake. As Murdoch surveys the crime scene, he is interrupted by a scruffy drunk who apprehends him for not paying enough attention to detail in the crime scene. After pointing out all the details that Murdoch has ignored, the tramp peels of his disguise to reveal himself as none other than Sherlock Holmes.
Back at the station, Inspector Brackenreid is incredulous that this man could be the world-famous detective – how could Sherlock Holmes, a world-renowned fictional detective from London, turn up in Toronto? This may seem an easy question to answer to us these days, but back in the Victorian era it was conceivable to millions of people that Sherlock Holmes was a real man, because they did not see how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle could have written such a convincing character unless he was in actual fact a real person.
While the inspectors question the man who claims to be Sherlock Holmes, Detective Murdoch investigates how “Sherlock Holmes” knows so much about the armed robbery… is he really the super sleuth from fiction? Or could he have gained his knowledge through more nefarious means? Just when we think that an armed robbery couldn’t get any more complicated, another visitor arrives from London, a man who calls himself Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Hot on the trail of “Sherlock Holmes”, the Victorian author wants answers, and demands a face to face meeting with his character incarnate.
A Study in Sherlock will premiere in the UK on Alibi channel (Sky 132, Virgin 130) at 9pm on Monday 25th February.