Cumberbatch ‘Sherlock’ special episode to air January 1, 2016

One-off special episode, “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride,” set in Victorian Era. Regular Season 4 episodes of quirky Holmes update set for shooting this spring.

Benedict Cumberbatch (center) and Martin Freeman (left) return as Holmes and Watson in special Victorian episode of "Sherlock." (Screen shot of trailer)

WASHINGTON, October 25, 2015 – Good news for long-suffering fans of “Sherlock,” the BBC/PBS short-season update of Arthur Conan Doyle’s immortal Victorian detective Sherlock Holmes. A special, out-of-sequence episode of the series, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as his sidekick and biographer Dr. Watson, is in the can and set to air on January 1, 2016 on most U.S. PBS stations.

For the first time ever, this new, one-off entry in the series will debut on the same day it’s first aired in the U.K., addressing, at least for once, the long time-lag between the time “Sherlock” episodes air in Great Britain and when they show up on PBS channels here.

This special episode of “Sherlock” will be set in Victorian times, back in the time when Doyle’s original Holmes plied his trade in London and environs. Entitled “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride,” this special series entry promises to be Holmes’ most baffling mystery yet. All Holmes’ mysteries are, of course. But the current series has tended to be so quirky that the clues and plot turns for this episode are likely to tax even the keenest of Holmes’ many fans and armchair sleuths.

Several sources are reporting that the next series of regular “Sherlock” episodes (Season 4) are set to film this spring. So it’s likely that U.S. fans will have to wait at least until Fall 2016 or perhaps Winter/Spring 2017 to see them.

In the meantime, we have the following recently-released trailer for “The Abominable Bride” right here.


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Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17