Guy Davis

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cases in the Big Ap­ple when Sher­lock is en­listed by Greg­son as a con­sul­tant.

‘‘They first crossed paths af­ter Septem­ber 11 and that’s where Greg­son first saw how bril­liant and wacky he was but pri­mar­ily he saw how ef­fec­tive he was,’’ says Quinn.

‘‘I think un­der­neath there’s some un­spo­ken thing be­tween Greg­son and Holmes – I think Greg­son finds him funny, has a kind of af­fec­tion for him and wants to help him in his re­cov­ery.’’

Don’t go think­ing that Greg­son is go­ing to tol­er­ate ev­ery lit­tle Holmes ec­cen­tric­ity, though.

‘‘You’ll also see episodes where we really go at it,’’ smiles Quinn.

‘‘He really gets un­der my skin. So, yeah, it’s an in­ter­est­ing re­la­tion­ship.’’

Af­ter sup­port­ing roles in se­ries like Third Watch and the re­cent US re­make of Prime Sus­pect, Quinn wasn’t nec­es­sar­ily look­ing for an­other tele­vi­sion project.

But the clev­er­ness of Ele­men­taryRob Do­herty’s scripts drew him in. ‘‘It was very smartly writ­ten,’’ he says. ‘‘And the pro­duc­ers ex­plained what they were go­ing to do with it, how they were go­ing to do it and how they were go­ing to en­rich my char­ac­ter in a really in­ter­est­ing way as the show went along.

‘‘So there’s that, and a phe­nom­e­nal cast and good writ­ing and I got to work at home here in New York. As you get into the higher reaches of age, those are all good things.’’

Sher­lock Holmes would ap­pear to be the man of the moment, and Quinn at­tributes the rise in the char­ac­ter’s pop­u­lar­ity to the source ma­te­rial – the sto­ries by Sir Arthur Co­nan Doyle.

‘‘The orig­i­nal nov­els – the first of which I read when we started film­ing – are really well writ­ten,’’ he says.

‘‘As for their ap­peal, I think maybe in­tu­itively we know we only use a tiny pro­por­tion of our brains and if we could use more we’d be a lot more ef­fec­tive.

‘‘There are the quirks of the char­ac­ter as well, and with what our cre­ator Rob has done with his sar­donic and very bright wit, well, it’s fun to be around that when it’s un­leashed.’’

Ten, Ten SC

Sun­days, 8.30pm,

. . . with Ai­dan Quinn.

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