'Sherlock' Emmy Success a Bright Spot on Mixed Night for U.K.

The quirky BBC detective drama's three awards has British media buzzing and made up for 'Downton Abbey' and 'Derek' snubs

The U.K. awoke to the news that BBC's Sherlock had scored big at the 66th Annual Emmy Award held Monday night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, taking home three of the most coveted awards. 

Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch beat a strong field to win Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, with Martin Freeman bagging the Supporting Actor award. And series co-creator, and Doctor Who showrunner, Steven Moffat picked up an award Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special for the epic finale to season 3, Sherlock: His Last Vow.  

The British media have always been effusive in their praise for Sherlock, and the reaction to the Emmy success was unsurprisingly enthusiastic, although some media outlets mirrored the surprise felt on the other side of the Atlantic at the show's victory over some strong U.S. shows this year. British media were also quick to point out the comparative failure of Downton Abbey and Derek to make an impact.  

The Daily Mail said that Sherlock's trio of wins was all the more remarkable as  Cumberbatch, Freeman and Moffat were "rank outsiders." The Mail made great play of the fact neither lead actors in Sherlock made the Emmy awards show. "Embarrassingly neither actor turned up to the glittering ceremony - maybe because they thought they didn't have a chance of winning their tough categories."

The Mirror said Brits had "swept up" at the Emmys with the three wins for Sherlock alongside a win for Fargo director Colin Bucksey (Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special). Although the newspaper noted the mixed fortunes for other British shows Downton Abbey and Derek among them. The Telegraph also felt Sherlock and "a native of England" Bucksey's win were "the only bright light in an otherwise disappointing year."  The Express said that "Sherlock completely overshadowed Downton Abbey," the period drama which has been a favorite of the TV Academy for many years. 

The BBC, the public broadcaster behind Sherlock was overjoyed by the show's success. Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama said: "It's great to see Sherlock being recognized so spectacularly at the Emmys. I'm delighted that the BBC is home to so much world class acting and writing talent."

Aug. 26, 3:00 a.m. A previous version of this story incorrectly identified the title of the final episode of season 3 as Sherlock: His Last Bow, the article has been corrected to the correct title; Sherlock: His Last Vow. THR regrets the error.

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