A little market research – slightly unscientific market research, but I found the results revealing nonetheless.
On the Sherlock Holmes Walk last Friday, London Walks I asked of my group the following question:
“Who is your favourite onscreen Sherlock Holmes?”
It’s a section of his Sherlock Holmes walk that I looks forward to – collecting the opinions of Sherlockian London Walkers. I always ask the question in the appropriate surroundings of St Paul’s, the actors’ church in Covent Garden.
When the name Benedict Cumberbatch was mentioned, there was a palpable fluttering among the group.
A similar flutter occurs if talk turns to Johnny Depp on the Jack the Ripper walk.
It would seem that the BBC’s new Sherlock is something of a dish.
Being immune to young Mr Cumberbatch’s charms on that particular level, it added a new dimension to my understanding of the great detective: Sherlock Holmes As Sex Symbol.
All thoughts on this fascinating new field of research (well, new to ME anyway) will be gratefully received – drop us a line at the usual email address or add a comment below.
POST UPDATED 2/3/16
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