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Activity 5

Modern adaptations

Group 1: Really modern?

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Sherlock Holmes, by Guy Ritchie, 2009.

Group 2: Sherlock in 20th century London

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Sherlock, by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat.

Group 3: A psychic reflection

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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, by Max Landis.


  • arrogant (adj.)
  • bowler /ˈbəʊlə/ hat (n.)
  • grin 😀 / smile 🙂 / smirk 😉/ˈsmɜːk / (n.)
  • landmarks (n.)
  • poster /ˈpəʊstə/ (n.)
  • TV series /ˈsɪəˌriːz/ (n.)
  • walking stick (n.)
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Each group is in charge of one film or TV series.

Look at the poster and the tomatometer of the film or series you are in charge of. What strikes you?

How can you say that this is an adaptation of Sherlock Holmes? What are the characteristics you recognise?

a. Watch the trailer and take notes to present the plot briefly: Who? What? Where? When?

b. Go on the Internet to find more information about the film or series (names of the characters / place / time).

Useful vocabulary: This document is a...
There is + singular / There are + plural
I find quite interesting to see how...
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Let's talk this out!

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Share your findings with your classmates and learn about the other adaptations of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.

Have you seen one of these adaptations? Would you like to watch them?

Which adaptation is the most modern? Appealing? Funny?

Useful vocabulary: The characters are...
The scene is set in... (place / time)
As for me, I prefer... I would like to watch...
Among the three, I think that the most...
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Grammar at work

Le comparatif de supériorité

  • Dirk Gently’s series is funnier than Sherlock.
  • Sherlock Holmes in Elementary is more modern than the original one.

À quelle forme sont les structures en gras ? Comment sont-elles formées ?

Exercices p. 162 Précis grammatical p. 262
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From French to English


La traduction de « plus »

Exercices p. 162
  • plus... que : more + adj long + than ou adj court -er than. Ex : The movie is more interesting / longer than the series pilot...
  • le plus... : the most + adj long ou the adj court -est. Ex : Sherlock is the best / the most famous series in this selection.
  • ne... plus : not anymore / no longer Ex : This series is no longer broadcast on Netflix.
  • ne... non plus : not either. Ex : “This film is not British.” “This one isn’t either.”
  • moi non plus : me neither / neither do / have I... Ex : “I don’t like him.” “Neither do I!”
  • de plus : what’s more
  • de plus en plus : more and more

Let's learn!

Pass the slipper!

Each pupil gives a piece of information about one of the series. You can not repeat the same one twice. The best group is the one that speaks the most.

Over to you!

Make a video review of an adaptation

Let’s use what you have learnt in !

After watching the trailer (or more!) of a modern adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, make a video review of it.

Is it a good adaptation? Do you recommend it? Find help on p. 173.

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