Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes will zip back in time to the 1890s for a one-off episode set in Victorian London to be aired on New Year’s Day.
The series’ creator Steven Moffat appeared at London’s ComicCon on Saturday to tell fans about the one-off 90 minute special which will be called The Abominable Bride. He also unveiled a new trailer (above) that shows how London locations familiar from the modern day set drama have been dressed to look like they would have back in Conan Doyle’s day.
Holmes’ house gets a maximalist interior makeover while outside Baker Street is clogged with snow and horse-drawn carriages. St Paul’s pokes it's spire through a nicely thick pea-souper and, by the looks of it, there’s a shoot-out on the cobbled streets of the capital too.
Meanwhile Cumberbatch finally gets to wear the full cape and deerstalker combo; Martin Freeman as Dr Watson sports a handlebar moustache that would shame most modern hipsters; and Rupert Grave’s Lestrade is given some impressively whiskery mutton-chop sideburns. The clothes, it seems, were the key to shifting the show's setting from modern London back to the Victorian era. As Moffat said on Saturday: “We've got, I think you can safely say, the Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson of a generation. We want to see them do it in the proper outfits — just once.”
In addition to the New Year’s special, a full fourth season of Sherlock is slated to start production in spring 2016.
The Abominable Bride, written by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, will air on 1 January 2016 on BBC1.
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