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'The Irregulars' are coming to life in the new Netflix series

Sherlock Holmes's world gets spooky in the new Netflix teaser trailer of 'The Irregulars', where a bunch of street kids are working for the famous detective

By Ingrid Mateos

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The Irregulars (Netflix)

See you later, Mr. Holmes, “The Irregulars” are taking this case! Netflix has released the first teaser trailer for their newest series. The date of its release is set on March 26. Written and created by Tom Bidwell  (Watership Down) 'The Irregulars' take these characters from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories regarding the famous detective Sherlock Holmes, but, instead of following the detective we will follow a gang of teens living under the roof of Baker Street, and following the instructions of Holmes companion, Doctor John Watson played by Royce Pierreson. Originally, the Irregulars was a group of kids living on the street, and eventually, the sleuth employs them in cases to get information.

The onscreen version of the Irregulars is led by headstrong, fierce Bea (Thaddea Graham) and includes her younger sister Jessie (Darci Shaw) and their friends Billy (Jojo Macari), Spike (McKell David), and newcomer Leopold (Harrison Osterfield) They're brought into the world of the supernatural and magical by Dr. Watson (Royce Pierreson), the business partner of the legendary Holmes (Henry Lloyd-Hughes)

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The official description can be read as follows "The Irregulars is a dark, mysterious eight-part drama that follows a gang of troubled street teens who are manipulated into solving crimes for the sinister Doctor Watson and his mysterious business partner, the elusive Sherlock Holmes. As the crimes take on a horrifying supernatural edge and a dark power emerges, the Irregulars (based on the Baker Street Irregulars gang from the original books by Sir Arther Conan Doyle) must come together to defeat larger-than-life forces."

The creator made a few more changes to the Netflix show that's equal parts mystery, action, and romance in an effort to make it more modern. "I wanted to stay away from things that are classic period Victorian, more like Dickensian stuff. I wanted to make it feel exciting and scary and very, very fresh so these characters are very accessible to a modern audience. They have problems that we have, they don't speak in a period way, they speak to each other in a more contemporary way than you would probably expect from a Victorian adaptation."

Perhaps the biggest change from classic Holmes stories is Bidwell's choice to use a real supernatural threat. "The supernatural element brings a kind of Victorian horror to the show that's very different to what you'd expect in the Sherlock Holmes novels," he says. "Because sometimes I'm reading the Sherlock Holmes novels and I end up wishing that those [supernatural-seeming elements] were real. [Laughs] In our show, the mysteries can be solved, but they can't be very easily explained with rational thought — there's monsters and ghouls and horrors attacking the city of London."

"I didn't want to just take Sherlock and shred it to pieces just for the sake of doing it," he says. "I love the Sherlock Holmes books but I knew I wanted to make something very different, and make something that had a different type of Arther Conan Doyle stamp on it."

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