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
. . . with Aidan Quinn.