While we're all complaining about our disappointment with the writing of Downton Abbey, let me sing the praises of Sherlock Holmes, starring the angular-faced Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Watson.
First of all, is the name "Benedict Cumberbatch?" not straight out of a Thomas Hardy novel? How could one be blessed with such a name? I smile every time I see it.
The young Holmes is so abrasive and rude, I sometimes want to smack him in the side of the head, but the writers let Watson smack him for us. The two men are the finest tag team since Abbot and Costello. I love the show's contemporary stylishness, the fast editing, and the return of the HAT! They brought back that awful hat with the earflaps, and Holmes is photographed in it. When the photo shows up in the newspaper, Holmes snaps, "That isn't my hat!" But in the beginning of the third season, he claims it.