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"something more modern" [HOUN]

By now you have no doubt heard the murmurs of the press and those lucky souls in the U.K. who have been able to watch the new series on the BBC, Sherlock. If you haven't, the gist is that we've left the fogs of Victorian London for a more modern-day Sherlock Holmes, played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

The series is the brainchild of Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Coupling) and Mark Gatiss (Doctor Who, The League of Gentlemen), and co-stars Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson, who has been recently injured during his service as an army doctor in Afghanistan. As in the Conan Doyle stories, he is brought into association with the peculiar Sherlock Holmes, whom he befriends. And this time, instead of writing up the adventures for the Strand Magazine, Watson chronicles his observations on his own blog. And lest you think that Watson is the only one with a penchant for HTML, check out Holmes's blog, The Science of Deduction.

In keeping with the theme of the original stories, Sherlockians will immediately notice some familiar strains throughout but will bring the more modern elements made popular by shows such as CSI and House. For example, in "A Study in Pink," a serial killer is stalking London, disguising the crimes as suicides. The clue Rache makes an appearance over one of the bodies. This is one of many that will certainly catch your attention and make you feel like you're home, albeit in a renovated one.

On October 24, MASTERPIECE Mystery! on PBS will debut the first of three episodes of Sherlock for the U.S. audience. The first episode to air will be "A Study in Pink," followed by "The Blind Banker" on October 31, and finally "The Great Game" on November 7. All shows are scheduled to air beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET. Here's a look at the trailer:

We've been asked by MASTERPIECE Mystery!/PBS to host a live chat on Twitter during the October 24 airing of the first episode. What this means is that we'll be participating in commentary and questions throughout the show, for those who might have their laptops or iPads open while the show is on. You don't have to be an active member of Twitter to follow along. You can simply open this link:  http://is.gd/fZxDB and you can follow along. If you have a username, there's a place where you can sign in and participate as well.

Here's what you can do to help get as many people interested and taking part in the Twitter chat on the 24th: please share this post - forward it as an email, share it on Facebook, post the link on Twitter, or whatever you prefer. We view this as a great opportunity to use these new technologies to share in the excitement of a new Sherlock.

The program is currently available for sale on Amazon; it will ship in early November. Please consider clicking on these links to make your purchase, either for yourself or to make it Holmes for the Holidays for the Sherlockian in your life.