| Unaired Pilot
Series 01, Episode 00
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Unaired Pilot refers to a 60 minute pilot episode of Sherlock which was made but not broadcast. The pilot, which essentially follows the same plot as "A Study in Pink" was originally intended to be the first episode of the show.
The BBC however decided that they wanted Sherlock to have 90 minute episodes and asked the team to remake it. The pilot episode has been released as an extra on the series DVDs.
- "Nothing happens to me"
- ―Dr. John Watson
There are many differences between the pilot and "A Study in Pink" such as:
- The pilot is 60 minutes, "A Study in Pink" is 90 minutes.
- Mycroft doesn't appear in the pilot.
- The front of 221b appears as 'Mrs Hudson's Snax 'n' Sarnies' rather than 'Speedy's Cafe'
- "A Study in Pink" is a much darker production.
- In the pilot, John meets Sherlock in a computer lab. In "A Study in Pink" they meet in a chemistry lab.
- A few shots of Sherlock whipping the corpse with a riding crop are about the only scenes the two episodes share.
- The "A Study in Pink" shows flashbacks of each victim not seen in the pilot.
- The news conference is only seen in "A Study in Pink"
- The "Rache" device is not used in the original pilot
- In the Pilot, Sherlock's rooms are modern and more organised. In "A Study in Pink" his rooms appear very dated and disorganised.
- In "A Study in Pink", Lestrade uses the ruse of a drugs search to motivate Sherlock to assist him.
- In the pilot, the final standoff takes place in Sherlock's rooms while in "A Study in Pink" it takes place in a large university hall.
- "A Study in Pink" has a long chase scene of Sherlock and Watson intercepting the suspect cab by navigating side streets and roof tops.
- The pilot has Sherlock being outwitted by the killer who drugs him without him noticing. In "A Study in Pink" it's the killer who comes to collect Sherlock from his rooms in full view of the police.
- "A Study in Pink" shows John retrieving his sidearm from his rooms.
- The pilot has Angelo helping Sherlock in a ruse to fool the killer.
- "A Study in Pink" uses a visualisation effect where we see the graphics on screen of text messages rather than seeing the screens themselves as in the pilot.
- Sergeant Donovan is played by a different actress, and is a uniformed police constable rather than a plain-dressed detective sergeant.
- Moriarty is not mentioned as the killer's accomplice in the pilot.