Sherlock The Abominable Bride: trailers, spoilers, news, post-mortem

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman's latest Sherlock outing was The Abominable Bride. See its creators dissect it here...

Sherlock special latest news

This is our frequently updated article where we get excited about everything to do with Sherlock’s The Abominable Bride special. Here’s our review.

A wonderful, in-depth video exploration of The Abominable Bride has arrived online, thanks to TV journalist Boyd Hilton. It features Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Sue Vertue and Amanda Abbington dissecting the secrets of the episode with Mr Hilton in a posh-looking room (well, there’s a tablecloth).

It’s packed with episode spoilers, necessarily so. You can watch the video in full here if you have an hour to spare. We very much recommend that you do.

— boydhilton (@boydhilton) February 22, 2016

Sherlock Special: air date

In the UK, The Abominable Bride is set to air on the 1st of January, 2016, in the now-traditional New Year’s Day slot on BBC One. American audiences will get it the same day, on PBS. Some lucky fellows willing to venture out of their pyjamas and houses that day will be able to see it on a cinema release at over 100 UK cinemas. Find out more about that at Sherlockology

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Sherlock Special: The Abominable Bride

The script has been co-written by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, with Douglas Mackinnon (Doctor Who, Line Of Duty, Jekyll) directing the episode. Production Designer Arwel Jones is back of course, while Suzie Lavelle (Doctor Who, Ripper Street) joins the team as the Director Of Photography.

For all those wondering why the Sherlock images pertaining to the 2015 special featured Victorian-era clothing, Steven Moffat has provided an answer. As many predicted, it would seem the characters are being sent to a different period of time altogether, for a story unrelated to the main Sherlock continuity. Here’s his full quote from an interview with 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 separate entity on its own. It’s kind of in its own little bubble.”

Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss that The Abominable Bride “is mostly an original story, inspired by a reference in one of the [Doyle] stories to one of the ones that Dr Watson never wrote about.” Steven Moffat continued, “There are loads and loads of details from the original stories, and there is a case referenced in the story about ‘Ricoletti with the club foot and his abominable wife’, so this is broadly speaking, that.”

When the Sherlock Special was first announced, Doyle’s goose/jewel romp The Adventure Of The Blue Carbuncle has been a hot tip amongst fans for the basis of the story. But we now know that the Doyle story in question is The Adventure Of The Musgrave Ritual, a tale of riddles, hidden treasure and death, and here’s the line to which Moffat refers, spoken by Sherlock Holmes, “Here’s the record of the Tarleton murders and the case of Vamberry, the wine merchant, and the adventure of the old Russian woman, and the singular affair of the aluminium crutch, as well as a full account of Ricoletti of the club foot and his abominable wife.”

“Proper Gothic horror” is Amanda Abbington’s description of the Special, with Gatiss calling it “a Christmas ghost story” and “the definition of a treat”.

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Head over to Digital Spy to watch the short video. 

Filming on the 2015 Sherlock Special kicked off in Bristol on Monday the 5th of January and is thought to be continuing in the Cardiff studios as we speak. The Victorian vaulted cellars of music venue Colstan Hall are reported to be providing one of the Bristol backdrops for the episode.

Sherlock Special: The Abominable Bride trailers and clips

Thanks to PBS – who will screen the episode in America – we’ve now got a new trailer for this festive season’s Victorian-era Sherlock special, The Abominable Bride. See if you can spot the new footage in here… 

And here’s the first full-length trailer that the BBC has released for the Victorian-era Sherlock special


Now this is the stuff. The BBC has released the first clip of the Sherlock Victorian-set Christmas special, and here it is:

Sherlock Special: The Abominable Bride synopsis

Here’s a full synopsis for The Abominable Bride:

“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!

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“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 unslakeable 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!”


Sherlock special: cast interviews

We’ve been on the set Abominable Bride and had chats with Benedict CumberbatchMartin FreemanSteven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, and Amanda Abbington.

Sherlock special cast

(Image sourced from @Derya_Yavuzz. Please get in touch if you know the original source so we can properly attribute.)

Misfits’ Natasha O’Keeffe will be appearing in the Special, thanks to this image snapped of her in what looks like a floral bridal headdress on the Bristol set.

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The confirmed cast includes leads Cumberbatch and Freeman and regulars Amanda Abbington as Mary Watson (Morstan – well, nee something undisclosed beginning with an A but you know what we mean), Louise Brealey as Molly Hooper and Jonathan Aris as Anderson. We can expect more of the regulars to turn up as filming progresses, including the likes of Una Stubbs and Rupert Graves.

Blackadder alumnus Tim McInnerny (he most famously played Lord Percy Percy and Captain Darling in the BBC comedy) will be appearing as Sir Edwin, a name shared with Simon Kunz’ character from His Last Vow. Is that just a coincidence? It would seem unlikely.

Stephanie Hyam will appear as a new character called Jane, and that David Nellist will return as Mike Stamford (the mutual friend who brought Sherlock and John together in episode 1).

Follow the Sherlock team on Twitter

(Image sourced from @FearsomeHippo74.)

The hashtags to search for more updates (if you don’t mind spoilers, that is) are: #Setlock, #SHSpesh and #221back.

And here are some of the key players to follow on Twitter:

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@Markgatiss Mark Gatiss (Writer & Mycroft Holmes)

@suevertue Sue Vertue (Producer)

@arwelwjones Arwel Jones (Production Designer)

@CHIMPSINSOCKS Amanda Abbington (Mary Watson)

@louisebrealey Louise Brealey (Molly Hooper)

@drmuig Douglas Mackinnon (Director)

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