Why did the British government organise a screening of the BBC’s Sherlock in North Korea?

The revamped and modernised Sherlock Holmes drama, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the oddball PI, has gained a vast global following.

But could that now extend to the environs of North Korea? The British government certainly wouldn’t mind, or so it would appear given that they scheduled a screening of an episode of the hit BBC series in Pyongyang in 2012.

According to official records, the purpose of the screening was with the hope of “encouraging change”.

According to the BBC, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was “one of the things we have done to encourage North Korea to be more open to the outside world.”

It’s a pretty big ask, but if anyone can do it, Sherlock can.

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