Sherlock special to be set in Victorian London

The BBC series starring Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch travels back in time

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Sherlock special to be set in Victorian London

Following a picture released by the BBC last November of lead actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman looking dashing in Victorian dress, Steven Moffat, co-creator of the BAFTA-winning drama Sherlock, has announced that the upcoming special will be set in Victorian London.

The previous three series of the BBC drama brought the world’s most famous consulting detective into the 21st century, adapting Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories to a world of forensic science and smartphones.

The new setting will only apply to the special, which stands alone from the much anticipated fourth series. As Moffat explained to 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.’

The BBC has yet to confirm when the episode will be broadcast but speculation points to a Christmas or New Year 2015/16 special, in keeping with previous releases.

The Sherlock special will be broadcast on BBC One, date TBC.

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