The upcoming Netflix series The Irregulars will bring Sherlock Holmes to life in live action. Created by Oscar-nominated writer Tom Bidwell (Watership Down), The Irregulars will tell the story of the street kids who in Conan Doyle’s canon were helping Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson with their investigation. Netflix will premiere the series on March 26, 2021.
Netflix unveiled its new show on February 20, 2021. It released the first glimpse pictures as well as the first trailer. More promotion is expected in March 2021.
Johnny Kenton, Endeavour's director, is also attached to this project along with Weronika Tofilska (short film director).
Bidwell spoke out about working with The Irregulars during a BBC interview.
“It’s my dream project and my oldest idea (I’ve been pitching it for ten years) and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working on it with the team I made My Mad Fat Diary with at Drama Republic. 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.”
Not very much is known about the plot since this is only an original work based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters. It is very similar to the Enola Holmes series of books by Nancy Springer, which was made into a Netflix movie starring Millie Bobbie Brown and Henry Cavill in Stranger Things.
The Synopsis of The Irregulars is:
“Set in Victorian London, The Irregulars follows a gang of troubled delinquent teens who are manipulated into solving crimes for the sinister Doctor Watson and his mysterious business partner. As the crimes take on a horrifying supernatural edge and a dark power emerges, it’ll be up to the Irregulars to come together to save London, each other, and potentially the entire world.”
The iconic Baker Street duo of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson will be played by Henry-Lloyd Hughes (Indian Summers, Killing Eve) and Royce Pierreson (The Witcher, Wanderlust) respectively. Aidan McArdle, Sense8, The Fall will play Inspector Lestrade.
The Irregulars will be played in their entirety by Thaddea, Darci, McKell David and Jojo Mcari. Graham, Shaw and David will play the roles of Billy, Spike, Jessie and David respectively. Clarke Peters and Olivia Grant will also be in the ensemble. Their roles include Patricia Coleman Jones, Leopold and Linen Man.
Eight one-hour episodes will be featured in the first season of The Irregulars.
Production on the first season of The Irregulars started back in September 2019 and was halted in January 2020 due to one of the lead actress’ injury. It was then canceled again due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Season one filming resumed in August, and was completed on September 16, 2020. Filming took place in cities like Liverpool and Manchester, UK.
Below are some social media posts by the cast regarding the wrap of the season.
Thaddea Graham, on September 27, announced that filming was complete with this statement:
“2,450 boards, 144 call sheets + 1 global pandemic later … we’ve officially wrapped on The Irregulars. Very proud of our incredible team that have dedicated so much of their time, hard work + heart to collectively tell Tom Bidwell’s incredible story. Can’t wait to share what we’ve created”
These behind-the scenes photos show the production of The Irregulars.
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