Sherlock Christmas Special To Be Set In Victorian Times
It’s been confirmed – the upcoming Sherlock Christmas special will be set during the Victorian era!
Suspicions were first aroused when promotional images for the special revealed Sherlock and Watson to be wearing 19th century clothing, complete with bowler hats and twirly mustaches. Stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman were later seen wearing the same clothing at a shoot on location in London in January.
The special is reportedly set in an alternative universe to the rest of the series, and has no bearing on the previous three series or the upcoming fourth series. Showrunner Steven Moffat told Entertainment Weekly, “The special is its own thing. We wouldn’t have done the story we’re doing, and the way we’re doing it, if we didn’t have this special.”
“It’s not part of the run of three episodes. So we had this to do it – as we could hardly conceal – it’s Victorian. [Co-creator Mark Gatiss] and me, we wanted to do this, but it had to be a special, it had to be a separate entity on its own.”
Moffat also confirmed that filming for the special was almost complete and that he was “very pleased” with everything so far.
The air date for the special is unconfirmed, though it was reported last year it would be around Christmas time. The special will be followed by a fourth series, which will pick up from where the third left off.