January 7th, 2013

Sherlock - Pilot S&J

Sherlock Transcript: Pilot episode - "A Study in Pink" (part 1)

Sherlock, Season 1 transcript: A Study in Pink – the pilot episode

What I did on my Christmas vacation: Finally! A transcript of the pilot episode of A Study in Pink which appears on the Season 1 DVD.

Added bonus: A side-by-side comparison of the broadcast episode and the pilot episode. This sets out identical/similar scenes side-by-side and lines up each identical or similar line, plus shows where the two episodes were different. Here’s an example (and if it looks a bit skewed here, it’s much better laid out in the final version, I promise! I’m just not good with LJ tables):

Broadcast episode

Pilot

Later he is at his psychotherapist’s office and is sitting in a chair opposite her.

Later he is at his psychotherapist’s office and is sitting in a chair opposite her.

ELLA: How’s your blog going?

ELLA: How’s your blog going?

JOHN: Yeah, good. (He clears his throat awkwardly.) Very good.

JOHN: Mmm, fine! Good. Very good.

ELLA: You haven’t written a word, have you?

ELLA: Written much?

JOHN (pointing to Ella’s notepad on her lap): You just wrote “Still has trust issues”.
ELLA: And you read my writing upside down. D’you see what I mean?
(John smiles awkwardly.)

JOHN (instantly): Not a word.
(They both nod.)

ELLA: John, you’re a soldier, and it’s gonna take you a while to adjust to civilian life; and writing a blog about everything that happens to you will honestly help you.

ELLA: John, it’s going to take you a while to adjust to civilian life ...
(John grimaces.)
JOHN: Sure.
ELLA: ... and it will help so much to write about everything that’s happening to you.

(John gazes back at her, his face full of despair.)

(John gazes back at her, his face full of despair.)

JOHN: Nothing happens to me.

JOHN: Nothing happens to me.



It’s a big file so the document is presented in pdf format. You can download it here (with thanks to verityburns for loading this for me).
Additional note: Both online transcripts have been updated since this file was loaded, improving the phrasing and the grammar. The changes are mostly minor, but I thought it worth mentioning that the downloadable file will occasionally contain slightly different wording.

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