Fans of Sherlock, the hit British TV show, are in for a treat. Sherlock and Watson are heading back to their roots in a special episode. Victorian London will be the setting of a future episode according to co-creator Steven Moffat.
In case you’re not up on your Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman star as the titular characters, Yes, this is the reason Benedict Cumberbatch is in damn near every movie.
The special will be a one-off event, for now, and is fitting for the history of the story. The Sherlock stories, written by Arthur Conan Doyle, were set in the time period. It shakes the show up, and pays homage to the creator of the series.
Moffat spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the upcoming special. “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.”
Yeah, if you don’t Netflix British TV shows, be prepared for that shock. It’s not traditional American TV. You don’t get 20 episodes. You’re lucky if you get up to six. I watched Peaky Blinders and had my ‘wth’ moment when the season was done in just a few episodes.
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Before you start setting your DVR, there has not been an airtime set for the special episode. Sounds like hype building to me. Plus, we get the added bonus of this not being a part of the three-episode run per season.
While the show has pulled the characters in modern times, the show runners have managed to keep some important details in the show. John Watson is still a doctor who served in Afghanistan, just like in the original stories.
Other elements are updated for today. Technology such as cell phones are heavily used by both criminals and the sleuth duo.
The show has managed to shoehorn in famous Sherlock stories without any missteps. ‘A Scandal in Belgravia’ was a popular episode and story from the original series.
Considering the popularity of the stories, the showrunners have done a remarkable job of avoiding any pitfalls. The recent third season was hailed by the Guardian as one of the best of 2014. Entertainment Weekly picked an episode of the third season as one of the best of 2014. So, the show gets better with age.
Now, if they would just make more episodes. You’re killing me British TV.