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.
Check out the official portraits, and the behind the scenes glimpses below.
Cumberbatch, doing his best Jeremy Brett impersonation.
Watson, and Watson’s mustaches.
I’m not crazy about Mary’s hat.
And Mrs. Hudson, looking very Mrs. Hudson.
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.
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?”