The episode depicts Sherlock Holmes' Benedict Cumberbatch confrontation with Irene Adler Lara Pulver , a dominatrix who has compromising photographs taken with a female member of the royal family. The photographs are stored inside her mobile phone , along with other valuable information which makes her a target of various political factions. Sherlock spends much of the episode keeping the device out of enemy hands while trying to deduce its password. Besides referring to the Doyle short story, the episode title names Belgravia , a district of London adjacent to the grounds of Buckingham Palace. After its broadcast on BBC One, the episode was given consolidated figures of
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Irene Adler - Wikipedia
Irene Adler , professionally known as " The Woman ", was a brilliant dominatrix who has an apparently romantic attraction to Sherlock Holmes. Whilst Mycroft is telling Sherlock about Irene, he states that she is a dominatrix who gives out 'recreational scolding' to people. She has been in the middle of two political scandals in recent years, one of them involving a famous author, in which she had an affair with both sides. She is brought to Sherlock's attention when he and John are summoned to Buckingham Palace by Mycroft and are asked to take on a case of national importance. Irene had taken compromising images of a young female member of the British Royal family during a dominatrix session. Even though Irene does not want money or power for the pictures, Sherlock is tasked in getting them back.
A Scandal in Belgravia
She tells Rosamund Urwin about shooting that scene with Benedict Cumberbatch and how it changed her life. If Lara Pulver is sick of talking about that scene, she does a convincing job of hiding it. When I mentioned to male colleagues that I had interviewed Pulver, they went gooey-eyed — although the year-old has plenty of female admirers too. As well as drawing in almost nine million TV viewers on the night, the episode also attracted complaints.
Readers of a sensitive disposition look away now. Actor Lara Pulver, whose role as an occasionally naked whip-wielding dominatrix in BBC1's Sherlock prompted more than complaints from viewers, has revealed that she filmed the scenes entirely in the buff. She revealed the intricacies of filming a nude scene for television in an interview for the new issue of the Radio Times. And Louboutin shoes," said Pulver.