BBC and PBS announce surprising title and release date for SHERLOCK’s next outing!
We’ve know about the upcoming Sherlock holiday special for quite some time now, but the big details have been a slow leak. It was during filming that fans first saw Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in Victorian garb on the streets of London, but the setting wasn’t confirmed until much later, along with the fact that the special was not related to the show. And even with a trailer released and vague description, the actual plot of the special isn’t quite clear. But at least we’ve got a title and release date now!
In a joint release, BBC and PBS have announced the title and release date. Sherlock: The Abominable Bride will air January 1, 2016 in both the UK and the US! This is a first for the show, which typically airs in the UK much earlier than it does the US.
When announced at London Comic-Con, Mark Gatiss said the special’s title was a reference to “Ricoletti of the club foot and his abominable wife”, an old throwaway case Sherlock mentions only once in Arthur Conan Doyle’s short The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual. But the reference is only that– a throwaway– and there’s not much else to be learned from it.
It looks like we can’t really call it a Christmas special anymore, since it will be out the week after! To reflect this, PBS has released an updated version of the trailer.
“Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) return as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in the acclaimed modern retelling of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic stories. But now our heroes find themselves in 1890s London. Beloved characters Mary Morstan (played by Amanda Abbington), Inspector Lestrade (Rupert Graves) and Mrs. Hudson (Una Stubbs) also turn up at 221b Baker Street.”