'Sherlock' Season 2: Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman match wits with Lara Pulver's dominatrix Irene Adler

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Since the late 19th century, the sexual proclivities -- or apparent lack thereof -- of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective Sherlock Holmes have been the subject of everything from literary debate to armchair psychoanalysis.When the second season of PBS' 21st-century version of "Sherlock" -- starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role, with Martin Freeman as war veteran Dr. John Watson -- premieres Sunday, May 6, on "Masterpiece Mystery!" expect the conversation to start again in earnest.Devotees of the consulting detective know the only woman (aside from his housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson) in Holmes' life -- indeed, she is "The Woman" -- is Irene Adler. In Doyle's original, she is a beautiful, brilliant opera singer with an adventurous romantic past who gets embroiled in a royal scandal.In "A Scandal in Belgravia," the first of three new episodes, Irene (Lara Pulver) is now a dominatrix. She's still involved in a royal brouhaha, but now it's with a...


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