Following the release of a new promotional image, a clip from the highly anticipated Sherlock special has been unveiled. The teaser depicts Victorian-era Baker Street, and sees Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and John (Martin Freeman) arriving at 221B by horse and carriage – where a disgruntled Mrs Hudson (Una Stubbs) is waiting.
The distribution of the clip coincided with the show’s Comic Con panel, where creator Steven Moffat, producer Sue Vertue and actor, Rupert Graves (who plays Lestrade) discussed the future of the series to a live audience.
Speaking of the one-off period setting of the special, Moffat stated; “It’s still the same sense of humour, it’s very much the show you know – but in the correct era.”
During the panel, Moffat also revealed that the episode, which is expected to air around Christmas, will be available for fans to watch on the big screen at selected cinemas worldwide.
The panel also spoke a little about the upcoming fourth series, in which we will return to the ongoing contemporary narrative and finally receive some answers in regard to the season 3 cliffhanger. Though Moffat and his co-creator Mark Gatiss have not yet started writing the scripts for series 4, Moffat confirmed that they knew where the plot was heading and that it would “suckerpunch you into emotional devastation.”
The Sherlock special is expected to air on BBC One during the festive season. The fourth series will start filming in Spring 2016. Watch the new clip below.