It’s been far too long since Sherlock Holmes has been on our TV screens. No, that impostor over on Elementary doesn’t count (even if he does a fine job). We need the real Sherlock Holmes. And by real Sherlock Holmes, I mean Benedict Cumberbatch’s cantankerous contemporary incarnation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famed 19th century literary detective. Yes, that guy! The one from the BBC!
After a nearly two year hiatus (during which time Cumberbatch and co-star Martin Freeman went off to become even bigger Hollywood movie stars), this Christmas will finally see the modern-day Holmes and his sidekick Watson return… to the 19th century. Heh?
Don’t worry, we’re as confused as you are as the upcoming Sherlock Christmas special is somehow going to be set in Victorian London. Showrunner Steven Moffat assures us that there is a valid reason for the period change – and no, it has nothing to do with a certain other show that he runs that features a time-travelling alien in a flying blue police box – but at this point the “How?” of it all is still a mystery.
Luckily, solving mysteries is what Sherlock is all about and we’ve just got our first big clue in this first official trailer for the Christmas special. Check it out below!
Ah, the game is afoot! And the mustache is also on Martin Freeman’s face!
Seriously though, is it just me or do you also think Watson and Sherlock’s dialogue exchanges, especially in the final scene, just smacks of self-awareness? It feels like they clearly know that they’re in 19th century and don’t belong there. Could that be the mystery – how they ended up in this period? Sounds intriguing. Unless this is just Steven Moffat ripping of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village!
The Sherlock Christmas special airs on BBC on, well, Christmas day. Elementary!
Last Updated: October 8, 2015