A Christmas special, a Victorian special, a 19th Century special — no matter what you call it, the brand new “Sherlock” coming to PBS later this year means more Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as the iconic English detectives.
In fitting tradition for British television, the upcoming special features a fair bit of whimsy, not the least of which is the time travel that will change more than their clothes. Taking place in the 19th century, the special harkens back to “classic” Sherlock tales of yesteryear with its new setting and tone. (Holmes is a bit better behaved in the special than in the modern series.) Co-creator Stephen Moffat confirmed there won’t be any explanation for the new era at the Summer TCAs, saying, “We never bothered explaining why he’s in modern day London. Why explain why we’re in Victorian [times]?”
But don’t expect all fun and games. This ghost story will push Sherlock and Watson to their limits. “Every great cause has martyrs,” Holmes says in the above trailer. “Every war has suicide missions, and make no mistake: This is war.”
The “Sherlock” special will air later this year on PBS. Watch the trailer above.