The archetypal encounter between Holmes and the curse of the Baskervilles is perhaps the best known of the consulting detective's adventure and most adapted for film, television, novel and radio. In brief, the story centres around Holmes and his ever trusty assistant, Watson, who together investigate the curse of Baskerville, a hound from hell seeking revenge on any member of the Baskerville family, and their task is to protect the newly adopted country squire Sir Henry Baskerville (just arrived from the USA). All set in the beautiful backdrop of Dartmoor, it is a classic story of murder, deception, red herrings, folklore and suspense, scattered with a host of suspects resulting in a climatic ending where the villain is unmasked and Baker Street's finest faces the evil hound.
There's a scene in the film of The Krays (1990), where Steven Berkoff, as George Cornell, is infuriated due to the fact that the only name he is hearing on the street is the surname of the twins, Ronnie and Reggie, and the respect it has. In addition, at the start of 2012, that is exactly how I felt when I kept on hearing the name of Stephen Moffat and the media labelling him as genius.