A Scandal in Belgravia is the first episode of the second series of the BBC crime drama series Sherlock, which follows the modern-day adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and was first broadcast by BBC One on January 1 2012.

The episode was the last one filmed of the second series.[1]

Cast Edit

Allusions to Conan Doyle stories Edit

The story is roughly based on the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story A Scandal in Bohemia.

  • Sherlock Holmes' disguise as a vicar is a reference to the original story in which Holmes disguised himself as an old clergyman.
  • Sherlock used the beeping of a smoke detector to force Irene Adler to reveal her information's position, while the original Holmes used a smoke bomb to similar effect.

A number of other Conan Doyle stories were also referenced, including:

  • John Watson's blog titles are all references to stories by Conan Doyle. The Geek Interpreter is a reference to the story The Greek Interpreter, The Speckled Blonde to The Speckled Band and The Navel Treatment to The Naval Treaty.

Production Edit

Writer Steven Moffat got the idea for the plane full of dead bodies from a cut scene from the Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service.[1]

Filming locations Edit

  • The opening scene at the pool is filmed at a swimming pool in Bedminster, Bristol. Upon the filming of the cliffhanger scene, the production team had to remake a poster that had been removed in the eighteen months between filming.
  • The scene with the hiker's death was filmed in a valley in Wales.
  • The scenes inside Buckingham Palace were filmed at Goldsmith's College.
  • The scenes inside Irene Adler's house were filmed in Newport.
  • The scene where Sherlock and Mycroft are smoking in the morgue was filmed in Bristol. This is partly because it is illegal to smoke inside in Wales.[1]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 From the DVD commentary for the Sherlock episode A Scandal in Belgravia.