This above is a first look at the Sherlock Special 2015, this time set in Victorian England, with Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch), Dr Watson (Martin Freeman) and Mrs Hudson (Una Stubbs).

Steven Moffat jokes that the went back to the books and discover the had made a major mistake and set the series in the wrong time period! How this is really explained of if it is not at all we will have to wait until December 2015 at least! The new one-off adventure is set in the same time frame as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories.

Sherlock Special - Clip
Sherlock Special – Clip ©2015 BBC, Hartswood Films, PBS

Co-creator of the series Steven Moffat told, at Comic-Con, of the challenges in writing the episode was exploring the different role played by Conan Doyle’s female characters. “One of the problems with the original, which we addressed in the modern series is that, for the most part, the women in the original Sherlock Holmes series don’t really speak very much.

“And there isn’t a Molly Hooper,” he added to much laughter, referring to the morgue registrar played by Louise Brealey. “We’d forgotten that we invented Molly.”

Sherlock Special - Clip
Sherlock Special – Clip ©2015 BBC, Hartswood Films, PBS

He also spoke about the continuing appeal of the character of Sherlock Holmes. Moffat’s own theory is that “we’re always going to be in love with the idea of a man who understands everything but himself”.

This to us looks like the first 90 seconds of the show. Note the grey look to the shots to depict a time long ago in London with the smoggy Victorian times.

The Sherlock Special is coming, soon-ish, on BBC One (UK, rumoured to be December 2015) and PBS (USA)… The special will also be shown in selected cinemas around the world, co-creator Steven Moffat has announced.

Sherlock Series 4 (3 episodes) starts shooting Spring 2016.

Sherlock Special 2015 Clip – Gallery

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Sherlock Special and Series 4 2015 Clip – 2014 Official Information

Sherlock, the hit BBC One drama produced by Hartswood Films, will return to screens for a Special, followed by a series of three new episodes.

The last series saw Sherlock’s life change a lot – he returned from the dead, his best friend John Watson married Mary Morstan and he met his match in Charles Augustus Magnussen. After the briefest of exiles, Sherlock came back only to face one of his biggest mysteries yet. Why is Moriarty’s face being broadcast on every television in the land?

Speaking about the return of the series, co-creator, writer and executive producer Steven Moffat says: “A special, plus a new series of three episodes – it’s a record-breaking run! Of course, it’s far too early to say what’s coming, but we’re reasonably confident that the very next thing to happen to Sherlock and John, is the very last thing you’d expect…”

Co-creator, writer and executive producer Mark Gatiss, adds: “Series Four! At last ! It’s always special to return to Sherlock but this time it’s even more special as we’re doing… a Special! Not only THAT, we’ll then be shooting three more episodes which will take Sherlock and John Watson into deeper and darker water than ever before. The whole Sherlock team are terrifically excited to return for four new adventures. The Game is on – again!”

Sue Vertue, Executive Producer, Hartswood Films says: “It’s taken a little while to get the dates sorted as none of the boys are exactly sitting back twiddling their thumbs but there was unanimous goodwill to make this work, so we’re thrilled that 221b is going to be inhabited again.”

Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, says: “It’s a very good day in the life of a BBC One Controller when you can announce Sherlock will return for a special plus a new three-part series. Massive thanks to Sue Vertue and Hartswood Films for pulling this off, it’s no mean feat pinning down some of this country’s most brilliant and in-demand actors and writers.”

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama, says: “Steven and Mark are ready to unleash the most shocking and surprising series of Sherlock yet. The only thing to expect is the unexpected…”

Sherlock is written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock is produced by Sue Vertue and the executive producers are Beryl Vertue, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat for Hartswood Films, Bethan Jones for BBC Cymru Wales and Rebecca Eaton for Masterpiece.

Shooting on the special will begin in January 2015, with the series shooting later next year.