BBC chiefs were reported to be 'ecstatic' this morning, as their updated version of Sherlock Holmes proved to be a smash hit with the viewing public.
It was a calculated risk, hauling Holmes, Doctor Watson, Inspector LeStrade, Mycroft and Moriarty into the 21st Century, but the BBC production, 'A Study In Pink' based on Conan Doyle's original 'A Study In Scarlet' succeeded on every level, and left even the most hardened Holmes fan eager to catch the next episode.
The actor, Benedict Cumberbund made a true to type Holmes, but in a texting, laptop, way, while Martin Freeman's Afghanistan veteran Doctor Watson remained faithful to his Victorian counterpart.
And it had proper taxis, rather than horse drawn Hansom cabs.
The viewers loved it.
"The end was maybe a bit predictable," viewer Marcus Trevelyan commented. "But I liked it. It was weird seeing Sherlock using cell phones, laptops and nicotine patches, but it worked for me."
The big question regarding the upcoming two feature length episodes, is whether Doctor Watson will actually say the line:
"No shit, Sherlock."
Bookmakers anticipate a run on betting this morning by punters convinced that the contemporary line will crop up at some point, and will respond as the betting comes in.
Bookmaker, Whitechapel Rhodes has already closed his book on that possibility.
"Simple mate innit," he grinned. "They couldn't have no Victorian Holmes say that line, but in the 21st Century, it's gonna be almost compulsory. It'll be the comedy line of the year, and everybody'll be sayin' it - No shit Sherlock - it's a dead cert mate!"
More as we get it.