When they aren’t busy being iconic characters in Peter Jackson’s The Lords of the Rings movies, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman portray Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, but set in modern day London instead of the more traditional Victorian London. The BBC series Sherlock has been marvelous, as Holmes and Watson help the police solves crimes, from murder to blackmail. Alas, the rate at which new episodes appear has been frustrating for fans, to say the very least. That’s about to see at least some remedy.
Showrunner Steven Moffat has decided to transplant his modernized characters back into a setting closer to their original source material. This treat for the fans will air New Year’s Day 2016 with The Abominable Bride, the first new episode of Sherlock in two years.
This new special finds the pair in 1890’s London, the setting of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original series of books. The Abominable Bride may be a ghost seeking revenge, but it’s up to Homes and Watson to uncover the truth. Though the setting is different, the characters and relationships remain the same.
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, will air on the BBC, PBS, and select UK theaters January 1. It will be shown in US theaters on January 5 and 6.
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