Sherlock
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The Blind Banker - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: When Sherlock is backstage at the circus and finds the yellow spray paint, he draws a line on the mirror. In the next shot, the line he drew is completely different (and in fact is more of a squiggle).

01:07:40

Many Happy Returns - S3-E1

Continuity mistake: The underground car seen in the CCTV video is a different car design from the one where the heroes defuse the bomb (central line design vs another design). The rounded doors is the most visible proof.

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Suggested correction: The Underground Car seen is a Jubilee Line stock (1996) however is reportedly the District Line, it is also different to the car with the bomb later in the episode as the one with the bomb is actually a District Line train (D stock).

A Study in Pink - S1-E1

Visible crew/equipment: When Sherlock and John get into the taxi in Baker Street (leaving to go to the scene of their first case) you can see a filming crane reflected in the back of the taxi.

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Liam D

The Reichenbach Fall - S2-E3

Continuity mistake: When Moriarty puts the gum on the glass case around the crown jewels, the gum moves between shots.

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The Blind Banker - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: When Sherlock and Watson first get to the bank, the time for New York is 7:45, then when Sherlock is trying to find out who the message is for, the time for New York is 7:20.

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The Blind Banker - S1-E2

Revealing mistake: When they are watching for vases, the auction website has no proper domain. It is loaded locally from the C:\ drive.

00:55:00

His Last Vow - S3-E4

Continuity mistake: In the scene in the lab where they're testing Sherlock for drugs, Sherlock stands with his arms folded, then down, then folded, then down. Molly goes to reproach him, his arms are folded. The slaps somehow happen with his arms down.

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The Blind Banker - S1-E2

Other mistake: At the end of the episode, the evil Shan is texting with (most likely) Moriarity. She is sitting at a desk facing a wall and yet the laser targeting ray appears directly on her forehead, which could only come through a window directly opposite her.

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bnemirow

The Hounds of Baskerville - S2-E2

Factual error: Sherlock finds a photo of Major Barrymore's father and says he's wearing the Distinguished Service Order. The ribbon is not that of the DSO.

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Necrothesp
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His Last Vow - S3-E4

Other mistake: The helicopter that takes Sherlock and Watson to Magnussen's house is the same one Mycroft arrives in later. Tail number G-VGMG.

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The Great Game - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: In the opening scene when John is going to the refrigerator, a white skull can be seen on the left side of the kitchen table amongst all Sherlock's science equipment. When he closes the refrigerator door again after discovering the severed head, the skull has disappeared. As he's leaving the kitchen, the skull reappears.

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Chitarra10

His Last Vow - S3-E4

Factual error: Sherlock takes pains to explain in detail that he will deliberately corrupt the magnetic code stripe on an access control card he intends to use to enter the elevator to the villain's penthouse, by carrying it next to an operational cell phone. (This is possible due to the low frequency magnetic field from a phone's vibration motor.) But when he actually goes to access the elevator, he simply touches his access card to the reader instead of swiping or inserting the card through a slot, which is how a magnetic stripe reader would operate. The elevator uses an RFID proximity reader, not a magnetic stripe reader - a phone wouldn't corrupt an embedded RFID tag.

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Stringman

The Blind Banker - S1-E2

Revealing mistake: In the bank where Sherlock is trying to get a view of the painting with the Chinese numbers, he backs into a pillar, which wobbles.

00:11:25

59211john

A Scandal in Belgravia - S2-E1

Continuity mistake: We see John come into the room and stand next to Mrs. Hudson and put on his coat. After a few shots Mrs. Hudson walks away with the plates and says, "Lovely tune, Sherlock..." As she's walking away we see John isn't wearing his coat, and he puts it on again.

00:50:00

The Hounds of Baskerville - S2-E2

Deliberate mistake: The army major wears a full beard. British Army personnel may not wear beards. (The beard is a nod to the original canon character on which he's based, John Barrymore, who is described in the book multiple times as being a "black-bearded man").

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Necrothesp

The Reichenbach Fall - S2-E3

Plot hole: For the supposed code that hacks into UK system, Sherlock deduces that the finger taps are counted as 1s in the binary code and the rest (while Moriarty's fingers are in the air) are taken as 0s. Sherlock can't know the rate at which the rests are counted in the binary code that he thinks Moriarty tapped out. So even if the key code was real, he wouldn't have known what it was.

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A Study in Pink - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: Early in the episode Sherlock and Dr. Watson enter a cab in daylight for a ride to the crime scene in Brixton, which is a part of greater London. It is night when they arrive.

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bnemirow
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His Last Vow - S3-E4

Continuity mistake: When Sherlock is being rushed to the hospital, when the paramedic rips open his shirt the body has body hair, but all the topless scenes following show that Cumberbatch has a hairless chest.

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whatfriedrice

The Great Game - S1-E3

Factual error: In a couple of scenes with the mobile phone when Sherlock is talking to the girl and she hangs up, the soundtrack has a audible "dial tone" inserted. Mobile phones don't have dial tones.

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The Sign of Three - S3-E3

Factual error: In "The Bloody Guardsman" case, Bainbridge, who is in the Welsh Guards, is referred to by everyone, including himself, as "Private Bainbridge." The Foot Guards use the rank of Guardsman instead of Private.

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Necrothesp
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The Great Game - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: When Sherlock pulls the gun on Moriarty in the pool scene, he is holding it with two hands but then puts one hand down. In the next shot, he has two hands on the gun again. Then again in the next shot he only has one hand on the gun.

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The Final Problem - S4-E4

Other mistake: When Watson was in the well he was chained down, so the way they rescued him with a helicopter using only rope makes no sense. He couldn't have climbed the rope while his legs were still chained down.

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Suggested correction: It would be a small matter to lower him bolt cutters or some other device to detach the chain before lifting him out.

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The Lying Detective - S4-E3

Continuity mistake: After Sherlock repeatedly tells Culverton that he doesn't want to die, in the closeup Culverton increases the dosage with his right hand, but when it cuts to the wideshot he's doing it with his left hand.

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A Study in Pink - S1-E1

Revealing mistake: Before John Watson closes the laptop, the screen displays a phone tracking website in the Chrome web browser, supposedly at Mephone.org.uk. In the URL address bar, however, "file:///C/http/mephone.org/mephone.html" is visible which is a standalone HTML file on the computer's hard drive.

01:08:35

The Blind Banker - S1-E2

Revealing mistake: The banker shoots himself with a Sig 226R. When you see it lying on the bed it has a screw missing from the grip. In the first episode, Watson has a gun in his desk drawer. It is a Sig 226R also with a screw missing from the grip. Obviously they only have one prop gun.

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The Empty Hearse - S3-E2

Continuity mistake: The train carriage that disappears is a Jubilee line carriage. These trains have the bars inside them painted bright yellow. However, later on in the episode when Sherlock discovers the disappeared carriage, it has magically turned into a District line carriage (the bars inside are bright green).

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swordfish

The Sign of Three - S3-E3

Continuity mistake: The scene where Sherlock says "Vatican Cameos" he is seen to be facing the right side of the shot. Yet in the shot before that he is facing the left side of the shot from the back.

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Sukhdeep Singh

The Empty Hearse - S3-E2

Continuity mistake: As Sherlock and John approach the missing subway car, and especially as they bend to peer beneath it, the interior of the car to a distance of several feet is plainly visible through the window of the door (you can see the curved ceiling inside and some unlit fluorescent light bars). However, an interior shot then shows that there is a closed door inside the car, a foot or so inside the exterior door, that Sherlock has to push open to enter the car proper. This door should have blocked their view of the inside of the car before they entered. It didn't, so it has gone from open to closed between shots without anyone touching it.

01:05:35

Aerinah

The Reichenbach Fall - S2-E3

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Sherlock is on the roof of the hospital with Moriarty, when Moriarty shoots himself in the mouth, when the camera shot quickly changes from a close up and Sherlock moves back, the gun disappears from Moriarty's hand (to the right of Sherlock). In the next shot of him, it's still in his hand.

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Liam D

A Study in Pink - S1-E1

Other mistake: Watson never orders, but somehow while in Angelo's, he has a full plate of pasta.

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A Study in Pink - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: As Sherlock and Watson come out of their apartment to hail a taxi to be taken to Brixton and the scene of a murder, two extras can be seen in the shot - one crossing the road and one walking up the far side of the street. At the top of the street there are two white colored cars, but they suddenly disappear, to be replaced by a dark colored car. Also the light of the building across the road is suddenly turned on.

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Charlie McGee

Many Happy Returns - S3-E1

Factual error: A jury in Hamburg is asked if Mr Troppoff is guilty. There are no juries at all in the German court system.

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The Sign of Three - S3-E3

Factual error: In "The Bloody Guardsman" case, the guardsmen are on sentry duty unarmed. Sentries always carry rifles.

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Necrothesp

His Last Vow - S3-E4

Continuity mistake: When the surgeons revive Sherlock, the tube/string holding his breathing tube changes positions multiple times.

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The Sign of Three - S3-E3

Continuity mistake: Sherlock is dancing with the bridesmaid towards the end. When they stop and are talking with Watson, Sherlock's hands keep switching from being behind him to in front of him, depending on the camera angle.

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The Great Game - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: When Sherlock goes to look out the window at John leaving (after the tiff about the head in the fridge), his dressing gown is hanging off his right shoulder, exposing his t-shirt. Next there is a wider shot of him from behind, and his dressing gown is on straight, covering both shoulders properly. Then there's another closeup and it's off the right shoulder again.

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Aerinah

A Scandal in Belgravia - S2-E1

Other mistake: While Sherlock sits reading the paper he gets a text alert from (we assume) Irene Adler, and John notes that he had heard this alert fifty seven times. At the end of the episode, when Sherlock is looking through the texts that she sent to him, there are not that many texts from Miss Adler.

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A Scandal in Belgravia - S2-E1

Continuity mistake: At Buckingham Palace, Watson has just sat down next to Sherlock. There is a red pillow between then on the couch. It moves, sometimes sitting straight and sometimes tilted, between shots throughout the scene.

00:14:45

ployp

A Scandal in Belgravia - S2-E1

Continuity mistake: Near the end, when Mycroft is talking to Watson, he folds his hands and places his head on them. However, in the next shot, his hands are a couple inches away from his face.

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The Blind Banker - S1-E2

Revealing mistake: When you see Sherlock and Watson in the museum, Sherlock leaves and nearly gets shot. You see him dive behind the large statue, which moves. That's unusual for a large statue, but looking closer, you can see there are wheels attached to the base.

00:49:35

59211john

The Empty Hearse - S3-E2

Factual error: The entire reason Sherlock takes up the case is because he is intrigued how a man managed to disappear from a tube carriage in between stations - it appears to be impossible to do. However, any Londoner will tell you that it is perfectly simple to do: all tube carriages have doors between them linking them. So if the man wanted to leave the carriage between stations, he'd just use the door at the end of the carriage. The train employee would not be puzzled by this, nor would Sherlock consider the case worthy of his time.

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