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Put your skills of deduction to the test at the Sherlock Pub Quiz

Posted at 3:30 pm, January 14, 2014 in Fun London, TV

And just like that, two years of anticipation and excruciating excitement is over in a blink of an eye. ‘Sherlock’ season three feels as though it finished before it even started but oh, wasn’t it good? In just three short episodes we saw the return of our favourite ‘high functioning sociopath’, a wedding and a new villain that made our stomach’s turn. And if you know all the other details in between, then have we got an event for you!

To celebrate the genius of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss (with a little help from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle of course), and to (hopefully) bridge the gap between now and the new season, Geek Inc are putting on The Great Game – The Sherlock Pub Quiz at The Monarch on Monday February 10. (Update: the Monarch is now sold out, but the organisers are putting on a second event at the Chequers Pub in Walthamstow on the same evening.) Featuring questions solely on the BBC adaptation of the classic tales, not only will you be able to put that mind palace of yours to good use but it’s a good excuse to go right back to ‘A Study in Pink’ and experience all nine episodes from scratch. Carly-Ann Clements

And if you need a little bit of a helping hand, here are a few things that might come up on the night (spoilers)…

John Watson (Martin Freeman) is an ex army doctor who returns home from Afghanistan after being shot


He meets Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) at St Bart’s Hospital after a mutual friend thinks they could suit each other as flat mates


Inevitably, the pair move in to 221b Baker Street which is actually filmed on North Gower Street


Where we meet the land lady, Mrs Hudson (Una Stubbs)


A smiley face that gets shot at when Sherlock is bored


And a skull that Mrs Hudson eventually does away with



Other key players include: the original Sherlock super fan Molly Hooper (Louise Brealey) who works in the morgue


DI Greg Lestrade (Rupert Grave) – though Sherlock often refers to him as Graham or Gavin – who isn’t known for his… methods of deduction


Thus, Sherlock is the world’s only consulting detective


And Mycroft, Sherlock’s older brother played by series writer, Mark Gatiss


Sherlock and John’s first case is ‘A Study in Pink’ so called because one of the victims wore a pink coat and had a pink suitcase that aided the ‘capture’ of the killer…

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…who was a terminally ill cabbie who convinced people to take poison and tries to make Sherlock do it too


Episode two was ‘The Blind Banker’ where our two detectives look into ciphers leading to a Chinese smuggling ring which may be connected to ‘Sherlock’s big bad


And that big bad comes to life in episode three, ‘The Great Game’, where we meet Molly’s new boyfriend, Jim


Who is actually the more than slightly unhinged but equally clever, Jim Moriarty (Andrew Scott), the consulting criminal


A lot happens in that episode so let’s skip along to season two, episode one: ‘A Scandal in Belgravia’ where we first meet Irene Adler (Lara Pulver)


A dominatrix with a royal secret and a little crush on Sherlock


Which is reciprocated considering that she will now and forever be called ‘The Woman’

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Episode two was a modern take on ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ featuring Russell Tovey who is known predominantly for his role as George the werewolf in ‘Being Human’


And in episode three, ‘The Reichenbach Fall’, Moriarty returns framing Sherlock and making the public believe that he’s a killer which eventually leads to the ‘death’ of both characters

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But it was fine because at the end of the episode we discover that Sherlock is, in fact, alive… though John is unaware of this


Fast forward two years to season three episode one, ‘The Empty Hearse’ where John finds out that Sherlock is alive


And after a couple of ridiculous explanations that all end up in Sherlock kissing someone




We’re told that code name ‘LAZARUS’ is how he survived the jump… no Derren Brown involved unfortunately


We also discover that John has met a woman


Yes, a woman. Mary Morstan (Amanda Abbington) to be exact


We also meet the villain Lord Moran who planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament on a very interesting interpretation of the tube system


On to episode two, ‘The Sign of Three’ where John Watson marries Mary and we’re gifted a bachelor party, a best man speech, a pirouette and two murder cases


And the final episode, ‘His Last Vow’ which aired last Sunday not only saw the rise and demise of a brilliantly creepy and rude villain, Charles Augustus Magnussen (Lars Mikkelssen)


But we also discovered Mary Watson’s true identity… sort of. We know she’s a liar at least

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We also saw the return of Sherlock’s parents played by Cumberbatch’s real parents: Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham

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And in another show of nepotism, Louis Moffat (Steven Moffat and show producer Sue Vertue’s Son) plays a young Sherlock


And after discovering that Appledore is actually Magnussen’s mind palace, that Redbeard is a dog and a surprising, ‘The Killing’-esque ending, we see Sherlock fly off to eastern Europe where he is sure to die in six months… that is until someone makes his return


So there are the basics. And we’re sorry but if you want more details, you’ll have to watch them all over again… any excuse really.

For more information or to book tickets, please see geeksinc.co.uk.

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