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The fact is, Watson too preferred the silences or the friendly arguments of Baker Street to any attraction London had to offer - a circumstance in which he is at one with his adoring readers. Each man preferred the company of the other and was glad enough, no doubt, even to see a client leave the premises.
—  FromThe Private Life of Sherlock Holmesby Vincent Starrett.
I should have been more daring [with The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes].

I have this theory. I wanted Holmes [to be] homosexual and not admitting it to anyone, including maybe even himself.

The burden of keeping it a secret was the reason he took dope.

Billy Wilder, on his original intent for The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.

Reference Notes:

  • Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat have stated TPLoSH was used as their main inspiration and “template” for Sherlock, and Gatiss considers Wilder to be one of “the best screenwriters in the world”. [x]
  • Related quote on Wilder’s experience with censorship and TPLoSH here: [x]

(Quote from ‘A Foreign Affair: Billy Wilder’s American Films’ (2013) [x])

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Maybe between doctors and detectives, it’s unusual”Clueing for looks in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.

Also, Nikolai is channeling the spirit of the Mofftiss in this exchange.

John has just danced away from Sherlock in Sherlock S3, without the “slightest, remotest chance” of “going home” to 221B … while Sherlock leaves the party early and alone. 

Keep in mind that Sherlock has pretty much told us everything about how he feels about John in S3. 


Watson: What’s going on? What happened to the girls?

Nikolai: Why, do you not prefer it this way?

Watson: What way?

Nikolai: Sure you don’t have to pretend. Mr. Holmes told us everything, about you, and him.  

Watson: About me and him?

Nikolai: Come on, no need to be bashful. We’re not bourgeois … maybe between doctors and detectives, it’s unusual … but in ballet. *shrugs* It is very usual. 

Watson: What are you saying?

Nikolai: Caprice of Mother Nature … look, Misha, Boris, Dimitri, Evgeni, Sergei … *considers* …. Sergei, half and half …