Netflix has dipped its toe into the Sherlock Holmes world again, this time with The Irregulars, but is it a case worth solving?
When The Irregulars opens, we are thrown into the world of Victorian London and the nightmares of Jessie (Darci Shaw), a street teen living with her sister Bea (Thaddea Graham), who will do anything for her sister. The duo is joined by naturally-charming Spike (David McKell) and tough-boy Bill (Jojo Macari).
The friends quickly gain the attention of the resident doctor John Watson (Royce Pierreson) and his mysterious business partner, the elusive Sherlock Holmes (Henry Lloyd-Hughes) of 221B Baker Street. They are quickly drawn into the case of missing babies, which Watson needs their help to solve.
During the course of their investigation, Bea crosses paths with the dashingly mysterious Leo (Harrison Osterfield), who’s struggling with his royal life. As things progress, it’s apparent that it’ll be up to the Irregulars to come together to save not only London, but the entire world.
The cast are all such a captivating bunch that I really can’t pick who specifically to watch out for. Each character has some surprising story arcs, so everyone gets their chance to shine.
Creator Tom Bidwell has taken elements of one of the world’s favourite detectives, and while Sherlock is crucial, he’s not your standard crime-solving Sherlock, and this is a great thing as it allows the audience to fall in love with the Irregulars first.
Over the course of the eight episodes, the cases are given a supernatural twist and modern dialogue that offers a fresh take Sherlock Holmes fans can’t help but fall in love with.
If you’re in need of a spooky murder mystery and a fresh take on Sherlock, add The Irregulars to your weekend watch-list!
The Irregulars is now streaming on Netflix.