Meet The Irregulars: Bea, Jessie, Billy, Spike and Leo. Join this ragtag gang as they uncover the demonic and mysterious depths of Victorian London alongside the sinister Dr Watson and his enigmatic business partner, Sherlock Holmes. (synopsis via YouTube (c) Netflix)
It is getting very crowded in the world of Sherlock Holmes.
Countless new characters keep being added to the Victorian world dreamt up by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, including last year’s cinematic joy, Enola Holmes, and it appears that with the addition of Netflix’s new ye olde mutants series, The Irregulars, that the famed literary detective may have to get himself a bigger office and a HR manager. (Though to be fair, the Baker Street Irregulars, as they’re known, did feature in the original stories by Doyle so aren’t a new creation though this more supernatural take on them certainly is.)
That aside, and the fact that once again the barrier between worlds is breaking down – honestly, you can’t get a decent barrier builder these days – the series looking interesting with the series creator, Oscar-nominated Tom Bidwell, having a thoroughly taken on Holmes and his regular, or irregular helpers:
“‘Sherlock Holmes [in Conan Doyle’s books] had a group of street kids he’d use to help him gather clues, so our series is what if Sherlock was a drug addict and a delinquent and the kids solve the whole case whilst he takes credit?
‘It’s my dream project and my oldest idea (I’ve been pitching it for 10 years). Netflix are incredibly supportive for our vision for the show, and it’s allowing us to be very ambitious with the way we’re telling our stories.'” (Digital Spy)
The Irregulars premieres on 26 March via Netflix.