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It’s a running joke in the current BBC reboot starring Benedict Cumberbatch’s cheekbones that everyone assumes the Baker Street detective is gay. The only female to take Holmes’s interest was Irene Adler, his adversary in A Scandal in Bohemia and referred to as “the woman”. The opposite sex remain a mystery to Holmes, who says: “Their motives are so inscrutable. How can you build on such quicksand? Their most trivial actions may mean volumes, their most extraordinary conduct may depend upon a hairpin.” His creator, Conan Doyle, added: “Holmes is as inhuman as Babbage’s calculating machine and just as likely to fall in love.”