Matthew Holehouse: Is Holmes dead or alive. Not elementary, even to the faithful Watson ...
Fans of Sherlock, the BBC detective drama based on the novels of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and which ended its second series on Sunday night, have pooled their wits in a bid to crack the mystery.
In the climax to the three-part series, Sherlock Holmes, played by Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy star Benedict Cumberbatch, stood on the roof of St Bartholomew’s hospital in central London and telephoned his best friend and side-kick Dr Watson, played by The Office’s Martin Freeman, to bid him farewell.
He is then seen leaping from the parapet and striking the pavement, before being carried away without a pulse and bleeding from the head by paramedics.