Masterpiece Releases New “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride” Pictures

The Sherlock series continues to refer to the upcoming one-off as a Christmas special, despite the fact that the episode will air on the BBC and PBS on New Years. They also continue to treat the news dumps like they do the Christmas specials, with the promotional photos released at midnight UK time this morning, along with all the other Holiday specials.

In this case, it was Masterpiece PBS who got the photos up first. Most are portraiture of the actors in their period costume, but some are some high-resolution behind the scenes looks for the making of the program.

MASTERPIECE Sherlock: The Abominable Bride Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) return as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in the acclaimed modern retelling of Arthur Conan Doyle's classic stories. But now our heroes find themselves in 1890s London. Beloved characters Mary Morstan (played by Amanda Abbington), Inspector Lestrade (Rupert Graves) and Mrs. Hudson (Una Stubbs) also turn up at 221b Baker Street. Sherlock: The Abominable Bride is a 90-minute Sherlock Special. Picture Shows: Sherlock Holmes (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH)  © Robert Viglasky/Hartswood Films and BBC Wales for BBC One and MASTERPIECE This image may be used only in the direct promotion of MASTERPIECE. No other rights are granted. All rights are reserved. Editorial use only.

Check out the official portraits, and the behind the scenes glimpses below.


Cumberbatch, doing his best Jeremy Brett impersonation.

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

Watson, and Watson’s mustaches.

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

I’m not crazy about Mary’s hat.

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

And Mrs. Hudson, looking very Mrs. Hudson.

the bride

The titular Bride.


According to The Independent, the new story is one inspired by a case mentioned in passing in “The Musgrave Ritual,” which solves the question of where it came from.


Cumberbatch was actually thankful to do a period piece, because it meant he could get a hair cut.


He and Freeman weren’t totally on board at first though, because they didn’t understand it was a one-off. Cumberbatch says they couldn’t figure out how Gatiss and Moffat thought they’d be able to get away with it.

BTS_51_1920X1080Once they got the full picture, they were more on board, which makes it sound like the story pitched is a good one.


If Gatiss and Moffat look self-satisfied in this picture, it’s because they are. Gatiss says: “It’s called the Adventure of Having Your Cake and Eating It.”



Freeman was also initially resistant to the idea of a Victorian episode. “But then I was originally resistant to Sherlock because it was modern,” he reveals. “Before I read the scripts [for series one] I thought ‘Hmmm, modern Sherlock Holmes could be rubbish.


“We are very good at making people wait – it’s what we do,” quips Gatiss. “Whole civilisations have risen and fallen between seasons of Sherlock.”


Freeman: “I’ve overheard Mark and Steven say a couple of times while we’ve been on set that, ‘Finally we’re doing it properly, we’re doing the correct version at last’. It’s nice to ring some changes, I guess.”


Even with all his other commitments, Cumberbatch is very attached to playing Sherlock. “We’ll see how the next series goes, but I’d love to keep ageing with him. It would be an interesting experiment to do. Martin and I started this relatively young compared to other Holmes and Watsons, so why not?”



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