Henry Lloyd-Hughes to play Sherlock in Netflix’s The Irregulars
Staff Reporter | On 21, Dec 2019Reading time: 3 mins
Henry Lloyd-Hughes will play Sherlock Holmes in Netflix’s new series The Irregulars.
Set in Victorian London, the drama 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 series stars Thaddea Graham (Letter For The King, Us) as Bea; Darci Shaw (Judy, The Bay) as Jessie; Jojo Marcari (Sex Education, Hard Sun) as Billy; McKell David (Snatch, Damilola Our Loved Boy) as Spike and Harrison Osterfield (Catch 22) as Leopold; Henry Lloyd-Hughes (Killing Eve, The Inbetweeners, Indian Summers) as Sherlock; Royce Pierreson (Judy, The Witcher, Line of Duty) as Doctor Watson; Clarke Peters (His Dark Materials, The Wire, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) as Linen Man.
Written and executive produced by Tom Bidwell (Watership Down, My Mad Fat Diary), The Irregulars is also executive produced by Jude Liknaitzky (My Mad Fat Diary, Doctor Foster) and Greg Brenman (Peaky Blinders, The Honourable Woman). The series is produced by Rebecca Hodgson (Good Cop, Deep Water) and lead director is Johnny Kenton (Endeavour) with Joss Agnew (The Split, Poldark) and Weronika Tofilska (Last Train) also directing.
Production is now underway in the UK.
Photo: Henry Lloyd-Hughes in Killing Eve (Nick Wall/BBCAmerica)
The Irregulars: Sherlock Holmes series in the works at Netflix
20th December 2018
A new Sherlock Holmes seres is in the works at Netflix – but it won’t be Sherlock Holmes as we know him.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic detective has undergone many interpretations over the years, from Basil Rathbone’s traditional incarnation to the BBC’s modern spin on the sleuth, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman pictured above. Now, another take on the Baker Street tales are on the way to our screens, courtesy of Netflix.
Called The Irregulars, the series follows the street kids Sherlock used to help solve cases. It’s penned by Tom Bidwell, who has previously adapted Rae Earl’s My Mad Fat Diary for E4 and Jacqueline Wilson’s Katy for CBBC – and, most recently, Watership Down. A co-production between the BBC and Netflix, the new animation airs on BBC One this weekend, in two 90-minute parts, before being released on Netflix internationally outside of the UK.
Speaking to BBC Writers Room about the series, Bidwell revealed that he was also teaming up with the streaming giant again for a new detective drama.
“I’m currently working on a Netflix Original series called The Irregulars. Sherlock Holmes 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,” he explained.
“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.”
The interview, published by the BBC this week and spotted by Cultbox and Brendon Connelly, also brought to light a pitch book for the project by Drama Republic, which you can see photos of by Luke Pajak here.
That details one of the members of the eponymous gang as Bea, a 16-year-old living in a workhouse who is described as “far too bold and outspoken”, who “thinks she is responsible for the gang she keeps around yet her proclivity towards danger and her sheer fearlessness suggests otherwise”.