Since early 2012, the world (minus Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, of course) has been left wondering just how Sherlock Holmes survived the rooftop fall from St Barts Hospital at the end of series 2 of Sherlock. Not to worry, according to Alan Davies, who stars as the part-time magicians creative consultant, part-time sleuth, Jonathan Creek. Seems as though a similar stunt, although not exactly the same, was part of a 1998 Jonathan Creek episode, ‘The Problem at Gallows Gate’. In the episode, a young man leaps from a second-floor balcony in front of stunned guests at a house party in the country. He’s pronounced dead at the scene and his body is taken away in an ambulance, but he’s later seen strangling a woman to death. So, clearly, his own death was faked. Check out Jonathan’s explanation about 28:30 into the video below.
Fast forward 14 years to the rooftop of St Barts Hospital as Sherlock Holmes leaps from the building with Dr. John Watson waiting below across the street. More genius from the brilliant minds over at the Radio Times as they put together what seems to be a plausible explanation comparing the 1998 Creek episode with the present-day Sherlock series 2 ender. Any thoughts?
For your own comparison purposes, here’s a fan recap of the final scenes from Sherlock “The Reichenbach Fall”. Faking a bit of pavement might be a bit more difficult than a patch of grass. And, it was a rooftop and not a second floor balcony. Still, eerily cool, isn’t it?