‘Sherlock’ writer Moffat teases ‘Christmas-ish special’

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Steven Moffat has revealed that the upcoming Sherlock special will have “a Christmas-y element”.

Written by the show’s co-creators, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, the one-off 90-minute episode is set in 1895 and sees Benedict Cumberbatch return as Sherlock Holmes, alongside Martin Freeman as John Watson and Amanda Abbington as Mary Watson.

> Pre-order the Christmas special on DVD on Amazon.

Moffat told Collider this week: “It is a Christmas-ish special. It will be around that time of year. I’m not being vague because I’m evil. I just don’t know. It won’t be Christmas day ‘cause that’s too crowded now, but it will be somewhere around that period. So, it’s a sort of Christmas special.”

He added: “We keep calling it the Christmas special, and there’s a Christmas-y element in it, but it’s not really. You could put it in the middle of summer and it would be fine.”

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Explaining the decision to set the special in the 19th century, Moffat commented: “We have our modern version, and we’re very pleased with our modern version. As a running joke, we’d always said, ‘Should we try to get them into Victorian gear for a scene? Should we do a wee dream sequence, or have them go to a party?’ I remember when we were shooting the little prequel for Series 3, Mark [Gatiss] was doing second unit on it and I was hanging out with him ‘cause we hang out. We had a laugh and said, ‘Could we do it just once?'”

Watch the first clip from the episode…

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Season 4 is expected to begin filming later this year.

> Here’s everything we know about the special so far.

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