The BBC have released a new promotional image of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in costume for the much-anticipated Sherlock special.
In the image, the pair – who usually play a contemporary version of Holmes and Watson – don a distinctly Victorian look, reminiscent of the costumes worn by Jeremy Brett and David Burke in the classic Sherlock Holmes series.
In an agonisingly typical move by the show’s creators, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, very little has been revealed about the upcoming episode, other than it will be set in 1895 – with all the series’ modern characters specially adapted to the Victorian period.
Back in May, Moffat stated that the decision to use a Victorian setting came about purely because of the writer’s desire to see their characters in the traditional Conan-Doyle era: “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,” he said. “That makes them the only two who’ve done both [period and contemporary]– apart from [Basil] Rathbone and [Nigel] Bruce, who we venerate, of course.”
Producer Sue Vertue has also confirmed that the show’s highly anticipated fourth series will begin shooting in Spring 2016. More details about both the special and the next three-part series are expected to arrive when the Sherlock panel takes to the stage at San Diego Comic Con, later this week.
A specific air date for the Sherlock special has yet to be set, but it is expected to premier sometime in the festive season. Remind yourself of the last series in the trailer below.