Sherlock: Special

Sherlock Special WW

“Dr John Watson, meet Mr Sherlock Holmes.”

We’ve been here before – but what if this wasn’t the modern day but the late Victorian period? What if the world’s most famous consulting detective and his best friend lived in a Baker Street of steam trains, hansom cabs, top hats and frock-coats? Welcome to Sherlock in 1895!

Some things, though, remain reassuringly the same. Friendship, adventure and especially MURDER…

Why is Thomas Ricoletti a little surprised to see his wife dressed in her old wedding gown? Because, just a few hours before, she took her own life… Mrs Ricoletti’s ghost now appears to be prowling the streets with an unshakeable thirst for revenge. From fog-shrouded Limehouse to the bowels of a ruined church, Holmes, Watson, and their friends must use all their cunning to combat an enemy seemingly from beyond the grave, and the final, shocking truth about… The Abominable Bride!


Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, Martin Freeman as Dr John Watson, Una Stubbs as Mrs Hudson, Rupert Graves as Inspector Lestrade, Mark Gatiss as Mycroft Holmes, Louise Brealey as Molly Hooper, Amanda Abbington as Mary Watson

Produced by

Sue Vertue

Executive producer(s)

Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat, Beryl Vertue

Written by

Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat

Directed by

Douglas Mackinnon



First transmitted

1st January 2016


1 x 90''

Press comments

“A marvellous, mysterious Victorian treat” The Times

“Pick of the day… an unbeatable treat to start the New Year” Event

“This was at once Christmassy and timeless, classic and contemporary. TV in 2016 just got off to a superlative start.” The Telegraph

“An utterly dazzling display, with bravura performances from the actors – and the plotting… was a thing of wonder… A joyous and sumptuous celebration of what television and talent that trusts in itself can do, all tipped out in one gorgeous, unstoppable rush.” The Guardian

“The series has blossomed into nothing less than a television phenomenon” Daily Mail Weekend


Sherlock Special Awards


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