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vrijdag 11 januari 2013

Sherlock and the case of the Russian knock-off

A new Russian crime series seems to have taken ahem, inspiration from the BBC Sherlock's opening credits...

Good-naturedly retweeted today by Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss with the words "Ha! The sincerest form of flattery" were the opening credits to new Russian crime series, the title of which translates as Freud's Method.

And to think, Sherlock producer Sue Vertue was worried about CBS' Elementary infringing on the BBC show's rights...

Freud's Method tells the story of a special consultant to the police who solves "complex cases using outstanding insight and brilliant logic". Here are what appear to be the synopsis and first trailer for the show, courtesy of production company StarMediaFilm:

"Special consultant Roman Freydin is introduced to the crime detection department under the Prosecutor’s Office. A psychologist and professional poker player in his younger days, Freydin traveled extensivelythroughout Russia and Europe dealing with many people from different professions - from qualified psychoanalysts to magicians and fortune-tellers, from celebrated scientists to illegal gamblers.

When investigating a crime, Freydin uses scientific methods but is ultimately guided by his intuition. He pieces together events from the crime scene creating psychological and physical profiles of the perpetrators so that he is able to preempt their next move leading to their capture. While the foundation of Roman’s approach is psychological science, his method – Freud’s method – is about directly provoking his suspects in order to catch them out. Unfortunately, he also employs this method in dealing with his new colleagues, which is met with a variety of negative responses.

Nevertheless, his fellow officers acknowledge Freudakov as a brilliant expert and perhaps because of his odd and eccentric methods, Freud is able to solve some of the most complex cases using his outstanding insight and brilliant logic."