Later today, our Baker Street correspondent will hop a hansom cab to a unique sort of drawing room tonight: an event to kick off the U.K. miniseries Sherlock's second season debut stateside May 6th on PBS Masterpiece. Expected in attendance are actor Benedict Cumberbatch (who plays the title role), alongside series co-creator (and Doctor Who showrunner) Steven Moffat, producer Sue Vertue (Coupling, Mr. Bean), executive producer Rebecca Eaton (Downton Abbey, Upstairs Downstairs) and 25 fans chosen from a network promotion.
Cumberbatch's star has gone supernova since Sherlock bowed two years ago (our verdict then: he had a name and cheekbones bound for glory), becoming especially well-known to science fiction and fantasy aficionados. Both he and Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman, who plays partner-in-crime-fighting Dr. John Watson, appear in Peter Jackson's upcoming Hobbit adaptations (as the voice of the dragon Smaug and Bilbo Baggins, respectively), and Cumberbatch also has a villainous part to play in J.J. Abrams' buzzed-about second Star Trek reboot.
Moffat still does does double duty as Doctor Who head writer and producer. He co-created Sherlock with his Whovian partner-in-crime Mark Gatiss (who does a sort of triple duty as a writer while filling the polished shoes of Sherlock's enigmatic, umbrella-happy older brother Mycroft). Moffat and Gatiss pitched each other ideas for a present-day reimagining of literature's most famous consulting detective on frequent rail-trips between London and Cardiff that we can only wish were gaslit.
Sherlock resets Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Victorian sleuths to a contemporary, tech-drenched London with a discerning eye on our modern anxieties, mysteries and machinery. A top-notch cast, smartly aware scripts with constant nods to the source material and ever-increasing plot stakes made the first season a resounding success — these elements have all aged well in the second. Sherlock has met with positive acclaim, huge audience numbers and found a diverse following. Its fandom, ever flourishing, is one of the most devotedly productive on the internet.
We have a range of queries we'd love to lob at anyone involved in the all-around excellent production that is Sherlock, including but not limited to Mr. Cumberbatch's feelings on otters, but we want to hear what you want to know. Leave your questions in the comments below, and we'll bring the best of them with us for investigatory purposes. Please be careful to avoid revealing second-season spoilers to those who have yet to start their trip into Sherlock's delightfully dark and twisty world.