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Sherlock set for a very Victorian Christmas

A few months ago, the BBC posted a very different image of Sherlock and Watson as it teased the 2014 special of Sherlock. Dressed up as Victorian gentlemen they appeared much more like the tradition characters of Arthur Conan Doyle's books then the modern BBC adaption that has captivated audiences since 2010.

Now writer and Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat has confirmed to Entertainment Weekly something that fans have long suspected; the next Sherlock will be set in the Victorian period, taking the character right back to his literary roots.

“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.”

There has been no confirmation yet of when the special will be broadcast, though the current rumours are that it air on BBC 1 between Christmas Day and New year. As for the story, an adaptation of The Blue Carbuncle is the hot fan-favoutite with Gatiss and Sherlock-special director Douglas Mackinnon both quoting lines from the Arthur Conan Doyle story on their Twitter accounts.

One thing is for certain, this episode of Sherlock will be different to its predecessors and will likely not be dealing with the 'is Moriaty alive?' cliff-hanger from series three's His last Vow. We will have to wait for that in series four, due sometime in 2016...

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