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Sherlock cant solve the mystery of US success.

Our favourite English detective Sherlock Holmes has admitted that he is a tad frustrated that Shermania has so far only enjoyed cult success across the Atlantic, and is hoping for a bigger audience second time round.

Benedict Cumberbatch told the New York Times: “I’m desperate for America to really take to this. It has taken it to into its heart as a cult thing, but I’d love it to hit the mainstream this time. Because I just think it’s of that quality, and it belongs there.”

The actor also added that he is desirous of the US success of Downton Abbey, recalling an incident at the Golden Globes when he was teased by PBS producer Rebecca Eaton about the costume drama’s award. “I just looked at it and went, ‘Begone, woman. Bring it back when it says Sherlock Holmes.”

However, Cumberbatch would not go any further in his criticism of Downton Abbey, simply saying: “I know too many people who are in it. I thought the first series was good. That’s what I’ll say.”

Sherlock’s second series begins in the US on May 6 on PBS.

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