“Crank up the pantsmobile, this palace is toilet. Your bird has more Uggs than a Jack Wills bargain bin!”
The British have some of the most amazing slang. (Believe it or not, that makes sense to them! It’s legit, I got it from my British friend).
They also have the best holiday specials.
And this holiday season brings with it a spectacular special from the BBC bound to make Sherlock fans everywhere giddy with joy. That’s right! Tune in to MASTERPIECE Mystery! on Friday, January 1st to see a brand new special of Sherlock.
Sherlock fans (including yours truly) have been waiting eagerly for the next installment featuring our favorite highly functioning sociopath since the winter of 2014. That’s a long time to wait. We got bored.
And guess what? Just in case you haven’t heard the news — The new special, called Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, is set in Victorian England.
Check out the trailers for yourself.
I know, I know. It’s weird. It makes no sense. Nobody knows what’s going on just yet. But, thanks to some recently released trailers and interviews with the director, there is some information we DO know. Let’s make like Sherlock himself and deduce what we can from the facts. 5 facts, specifically.
Sherlock and Watson do not seem weirded out by the fact that, all of a sudden, they’re living in the past (1895, to be precise). They do, however comment on it. “After all, this is the 19th century,” Watson wryly quips in one trailer. This leads me to assume that they somehow have traveled back in time and are just dealing with it. Personally, I’m betting on a Doctor Who Christmas special crossover to explain the whole thing. In all seriousness though, I do think setting Sherlock in the Victorian era has always been a dream of producers and they just needed an excuse (cough, Christmas, cough) to do it. The Victorian setting might get no explanation at all in the show, and that’s just fine by me. Side note: Lastrade is also there…and he is rocking those mutton chops.
This is going to be a ghost story. Back in the day in England, most Christmas stories were ghost stories (A Christmas Carol, anyone?) and this is undoubtedly a tribute to that former time. The abominable bride herself shows up in a BBC trailer and is creepy af, toting a shotgun. This bride is out for revenge. The only problem? She committed suicide and is supposed to be dead. Will Sherlock’s logical mind palace be able to deal with this seemingly improbable fact?
It involves some kind of strange cult. This is just a guess on my part…but all of those dudes with tall, pointed hats? ILLUMINATI CONFIRMED.
We know it’s a mostly original story. Writer Mark Gatiss (fun fact: he also plays Mycroft Holmes) says the title The Abominable Bride comes from a brief reference Sherlock makes to a former case in one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels. “Here’s the record of the Tarleton murders,” Sherlock says in The Adventure Of The Musgrave Ritual. “As well as a full account of Ricoletti of the club foot and his abominable wife.” Doyle never wrote another word about the case of Mr. Ricoletti and his abominable wife, so it appears Gatiss and Steven Moffat, his co-writer on this episode, were ready to fill in the blanks. I’ll bet dollars to donuts Mr. Ricoletti (the husband of the bride in this episode) has a club foot.
It’s a one-off. If the Victorian garb and Watson’s hipster mustache are just too much for you, fear not. Writer Mark Gatiss says this is intended to be a standalone. Sherlock and Watson will be back in modern times as soon as series 4 debuts. Sadly, that won’t be for quite some time, as filming for the next series doesn’t begin until this spring.
There you have it! 5 things we know about the upcoming Sherlock episode. If you’re still hungry for more info, try following some of the key players on Twitter.
@Markgatiss Mark Gatiss (Writer & Mycroft Holmes)
@suevertue Sue Vertue (Producer)
@CHIMPSINSOCKS Amanda Abbington (Mary Watson)
@drmuig Douglas Mackinnon (Director)
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride airs January 1 at 8:00 PM on TPT 2.
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