CSI - American
Hawaii 5-0 - American
Sherlock - English
The Bill - English
Prison Break - American
Silent Witness - English
The Sweeny - English
Murder, she wrote - English
Narrative – Usually in episodes and series like ‘Sherlock’
and ‘The Bill’.
3 part structure – The crime/Solving/The arrest
Wide range of characters – Detectives, Assistants, Police
officers, Witnesses, Crime teams etc. Often duos like In
Often set in cities and occasionally rural. Many scenes in
interview rooms, police stations, at night and in the
Crime dramas tend to be realistic and not blown out of
proportion. Music is often added to create suspense and
Sherlock Is a British crime drama set in the
21st century. The TV drama presents a
contemporary adaptation of ‘Sir Arthur
Conan Doyle’s’ Sherlock Holmes.
Classic detective dress code – Trench coat, smart
clothes like suits, leather gloves and scarf's,
some characters with large glasses. Occasional
detective style hat.
Brains and Brawn – Sherlock is very intelligent
and his partner/assistant covers more of the
physical, labour work.
Attitude – Sherlock is very confident and sure of
himself and his assistant has some jealousy/hate
Set in London.
Many scenes shot in the streets of London.
Main scenes include:
221b Barker Street
St Barts Hospital
Russel Square Gardens
Camera technique is very basic. No fancy
shots are used.
Lighting is never too bright. Verging on dull.
This creates a moody atmosphere.
Music is often used in some scenes to create
tension and suspense.
Plots of episodes stay the same;
crime/solve/arrest. Some episodes may vary.
Occasionally there is subtle humor.
Sherlock – Very intelligent, quick
thinking, Thinks outside of the box, often
quite rude, pushes people
away, inconsiderate to others although this
seems unintentional. Often get frustrated
with himself which suggest high standards.
Dr. Watson – Gets angry with Sherlock, very
close relationship, forgiving and loyal.
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