They stayed reasonably true to the original setting of Holmes – keeping him in Victorian times and in London.
SHERLOCK HOLMES has never been so popular. First, we had the hugely successful films directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Robert Downey Jnr as Holmes and Jude Law as his sidekick Watson.
They stayed reasonably true to the original setting of Holmes – keeping him in Victorian times and in London. They were punch-a-second, action-packed and generally good fun.
Shortly after, along came Sherlock, the big-money BBC recreations starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Watson.
Highly-acclaimed and award-winning, this was a BBC drama which sought to play with the mind of the viewer while unravelling fiendishly difficult plots.
Two seasons in and, as I've written here before, this 2012-set Holmes is in danger of eating itself, as the solution to any sticky situation appears to be for Holmes to say, “I'm Holmes, I can get out of anything”.
There's arrogantly brilliant, and then there is just farcical.
So do we really need a third take on Holmes at the moment?
In the eyes of the terrestrial TV schedulers, probably not, which may be why Elementary (Sky Living, Tuesdays 9pm) has ended up on Sky Living rather than one of the Big Five.
That said, I've probably done an injustice to the TV pickers at Sky – they more than hold there own when it comes to landing the big US imports.
Elementary lacks the fight and punch of the films and the intricate thinking of Cumberbatch's Sherlock, but more than makes up for it in other ways.
Johnny Lee Miller plays Holmes and Lucy Liu is Watson. This Holmes is set in New York.
It is much more cop drama than any other Holmes I've seen, and benefits from being set free of the shackles of the traditional Holmes location of London.
The two meet when Watson is sent to be Holmes's companion after he is released from rehab.
Yes, Holmes is still brilliant despite a personality flaw – so some things never change. How Holmes gets to work with the New York Police Department solving crimes is never truly explained – for a police force so often portrayed as a rough and tumble closed shop in other dramas, they are oddly open to an Englishman arriving and walking around their crime scenes.
Liu's Watson is what makes this version of Holmes a little more special. The relationship is a little more equal.
She appears to be just as capable as Holmes at delivering the missing link to a crime puzzle, and isn't afraid to tell Holmes how arrogant he is or point out his personality flaws – for example, not having any mirrors in his house because “he knows a lost cause when he sees one”.
In episode one, time is spent building the relationship between the two, so less on the crime – a woman killed violently with the blame initially focusing on an aggressive flower delivery man who subsequently commits suicide.
Holmes nails the real crook after spotting some odd tablets in the delivery man's house. I'm not sure any other Holmes would have driven Watson's car into the real criminal's Porsche though. See what I mean about it being different?
This version of Holmes isn't going to win the great accolades of Sherlock, but as likeable, returnable crime dramas go, it's good fun – and slightly compelling.
What I’ll be watching next week: As yet unconfirmed in a timeslot but slated for next week, BBC 2's The Hour is back for series two.