It’s been 18 months since the last episode of Sherlock aired (sob!). But fans can now breathe a sigh of release as pictures have been released of stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in full costume for a special episode, expected for broadcast around Christmas, this year…
The one-off episode will mark Cumberbatch’s first role since he and his theatre director wife, Sophie Hunter, welcomed their first child last month.
Sherlock creator Steven Moffat revealed earlier this year the episode would be a historical adventure separate from the main series (Series 4 of Sherlock is due to hit screens in 2017).
Moffat who spoke ahead of a Sherlock panel at Comic-Con after pictures were released today said the 90-minute episode, set in Victorian England, would be “a different version of the show we’re used to”. This might go way of explaining the duo’s makeover in the teaser pictures released – check out Martin Freeman (sorry, Watson’s!) neatly curled mustache, and Sherlock’s slick hair do.
Moffat explains Cumberbatch and Freeman’s new look, “The first few days we were just so excited because we saw our show with Benedict and Martin in the proper gear and his extraordinary sideburns and you think ‘why didn’t we always do this? Why did we make that silly mistake of updating it?’
“It’s like we checked the books and discovered we’d set it in the wrong time period by mistake and it’s like we’re correcting it,” he said.
“We’re really proud of it, we think it’s a real cracker. But that’ll be it until series four.”
We’re counting down the days!
By Emma Firth