Now that the game is no longer on and Sherlock has packed up his deerstalker, we’re finding it hard to face a week without the thought of our favourite dashing detective brightening up Sunday nights. If you’re finding life without Sherlock a struggle, here are our top tips for making giving the rest of January a little more mystery…
1. Check out the latest offerings from Cumberbatch and Freeman (which is, incidentally, a great name for a toiletries range)
The second Hobbit film (The Desolation of Smaug) is still in cinemas now, and – hairy feet aside – from the ankles up Bilbo could still pass as Watson. As for Benedict’s turn as Wikileaks rebel Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate (out on DVD at the end of the month), well, you might need to squint a bit (a lot) to see the luscious-locked detective, but he’s there underneath the anaemic surface, we promise!
[The Fifth Estate]
2. Investigate other ‘Holm-ies’ (see what we did there?)
While they’re not quite as loveable as the British twosome, it’s worth checking out the likes of Robert Downey Junior and Jonny Lee Miller. The former is apparently in discussions about a third film to add to the successful Sherlock Holmes series, while the latter appears in Elementary – a TV adaptation with Lucy Liu as Watson, now available on DVD.
3. Enjoy the perfect combination of hot male and cute critters
4. Make your wardrobe a more intriguing place by snooping out detective-inspired fashion
While only the truly fierce can work a deerstalker, there’s a way for most of us to wear houndstooth. We love this Danvey houndstooth jacket by Theory, reduced to £190.50 at Net-A-Porter and these statement socks by Pull&Bear, £3.99 from ASOS.
5. Add some super-sleuth spice to your night out
If you're looking for fresh ideas, why not recreate John Watson’s stag do from episode two of season three? All you need is a rude-but-rakishly-handsome friend, cylindrical measuring glasses for booze, a round of the forehead name guessing game and a microscope for drunken investigations (followed by vomiting) at a stranger’s house. We might not recommend the last part.
6. Failing that, plot how you would fake your own death
It's sure to perk up a dull day in the office. Derren Brown optional.