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Benedict Cumberbatch recalls "thrilling" 'Sherlock' reaction

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Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock: S01E02: The Blind Banker

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Benedict Cumberbatch has reminisced fondly over the initial success of Sherlock.

Cumberbatch, who debuted on screen as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC drama in July 2010, recalls watching the first episode as it went out with writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.

"All the Twittery stuff started to happen,' he told Metro. "We were trending, which is apparently brilliant.

"And by the end of it I thought there would be people abseiling into the garden just to have a peek at us because this thing had exploded that night. It was thrilling."

The star, 35, added: "There was an amazing feeling of love for it. Of course, it had its detractors and it would be weird if it didn't, but the feeling was one of great goodwill."

The drama's opening three episodes - 'A Study in Pink', 'The Blind Banker' and 'The Great Game' - received a positive reaction from critics and high audience figures.

Sherlock, which also stars Martin Freeman as Dr John Watson, returns to BBC One for another three stories on New Year's Day at 8.10pm on BBC One.

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