Elementary in London, Day 4 & 5: "221B"

'Elementary' brings a stateside Sherlock to London

Sherlock Holmes is back on home turf in the second-season premiere of "Elementary" — and so, a bit uncomfortably, is star Jonny Lee Miller. "It's a little bit surreal, to be honest with you," said the British actor.

It was the U.S. setting that convinced him to do the show. There were grumbles in the media about a Sherlock glut, and Miller says he felt some trepidation about taking on the iconic role. "I turned it down because of that, initially," said Miller. "I wouldn't have done it here" in London, he said.

A season in, "Elementary" is a hit for CBS, and here Miller is, filming the start of season two this week at London locations including Paddington Station and Trafalgar Square.

Miller says he's a "huge fan" of Cumberbatch's "Sherlock."

Once "Elementary" debuted last fall to mostly positive reviews and strong viewing figures, many of the doubters stopped comparing "Elementary" to other incarnations of the Holmes stories — and Miller did, too.

"I just have confidence in our differences in our show, and I have confidence in what I am doing now," he said. "It was a risk, but ... it was a confidence in the material, and in the basic idea. And the fact we were going over to America to do it.

"And at the end of the day, the world's big enough for various interpretations of a bit of fiction."

The show's second season will introduce other characters from the Holmes canon, including Scotland Yard Inspector Lestrade (Sean Pertwee), and Sherlock's brilliant older brother Mycroft, played by "The Amazing Spider-Man" actor Rhys Ifans.

Filming in Trafalgar Square this week provided the show's makers with an archetypal London scene — pigeons, tourists, Nelson's Column, red double-decker buses. The only thing amiss was the weather. It was warm. The sun shone. So much for those classic images of 221B Baker St. in the rain.

"When we started writing the script I just assumed that it would be the London I've seen in so many movies and shows before," ''Elementary" creator and executive producer Robert Doherty said. "But this is great. This is perfect. For our purposes and given the time of year that we're going to premiere, I'd rather have a big, beautiful, lush and sunny London for the American audience."

Season 2 of "Elementary" starts Sept. 26 on CBS.

Day 4 & 5 Tweets & Photos

They transformed the Labour and Wait shop on 85 Redchurch Street (R) into Mycroft's 221B (L).

Source: AP, Jonny Lee Miller, Writers, Sean Pertwee

That's a wrap for Londonmentary 2013! They will film the rest of the premiere in New York next week. No Comic-Con for these people, unfortunately.