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'Nudity' in Sherlock criticised by The Mail

The BBC has been criticised for the appearance of a nude dominatrix in its series Sherlock. The character of Irene Adler, played by Lara Pulver, appears wearing nothing but earrings and high heels during a scene in the episode A Scandal in Belgravia which aired on New Year’s Day in a pre-watershed slot.

In the scene where Adler approaches Sherlock naked so he cannot analyse her through deduction, her ‘modesty’ is covered by editing. This was shown 25 minutes before the 9pm watershed. Other ‘incidents’ involved Adler tampering Sherlock’s mobile phone so when it received texts from her, the tone was a sexual moan.

According to the Daily Mail, admittedly not the most reliable of sources, nearly 10 million people tuned in to watch Sherlock and some of those complained about the racy scenes.

They reported that one viewer tweeted: "Dominatrix?! Watershed anyone? My ten year-old was watching that."

Another supposedly tweeted: "How was Sherlock on pre-watershed with that slut walking round with no clothes on for most of it?!"

The page nine article in the Daily Mail contained outrage and shock about Pulver’s nudity in the pre-watershed slot. They then followed up the article with a picture of Pulver’s ‘nudity’ during the episode.


A spokesman for the BBC responded by saying:

“We're delighted with the critical and audience response to the first episode, which has been extremely positive, and have received no complaints at this stage.”

Sherlock’s co-creator and writer of the episode A Scandal in Belgravia, Steven Moffat had previously said that Adler was introduced as Holmes' latest foe in order to offset the gay undercurrent between him and his sidekick Dr Watson. Moffat came under fire from Twitter users who complained about the characters’ frequent references of a “cameraphone” instead of a “smartphone”.

The Guardian have reported that the BBC will not edit out the nude scenes. The BBC said that when Sherlock airs from 7pm on Saturday night on BBC3 these, which went out before the watershed on BBC1, the scenes will be aired in full.


You can see the latest episode of Sherlock featuring the criticised scenes on the BBC iPlayer service here