The BBC has confirmed that the 90 minute Sherlock special will air on BBC One in a prime-time slot on New Year’s Day (Friday January 1st) and released a new extended trailer. In addition, in a first, the special will air on PBS in the United States on the same day.
Beyond confirming the air date and announcing that the title will be The Abominable Bride, the BBC has been very tight-lipped about the special, refusing to release anything resembling spoilers or the plotline. That said, it has been confirmed that Amanda Abbington will be reprising her role as Mary Morstan. Elsewhere, the BBC has revealed that the three episode fourth season will enter production in the Spring for a 2016 premiere.
Based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock was developed for television by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss and is described as a modern take on the Holmes stories. The drama series focusses on Holmes and Watson as they consult on cases, usually for the Metropolitan Police Service. Sherlock is produced by Hartswood Films and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Mark Gatiss, Rupert Graves and Una Stubbs
As previously reported, the new special is not part of the greater continuity of the series and is instead set in the Victorian era, as are the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. All four primary cast members (Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs and Rupert Graves) will star in the one-off 90 minute special, which was written by series creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.
Check out thew new trailer below: