Now that we have made it through some of the holiday specials that aired in the United Kingdom on Christmas Day, we’re excited to be moving forward towards the New Year with a show that will be returning to television after a two-year break in “Sherlock.” Granted, “The Abominable Bride” is more of a one-off than a proper series, but isn’t it better than nothing? It’s also different from the typical special in that we are also dealing with a particular period of time in the Victorian Era.
With the special so close to airing some of the cast and crew are starting to do press interviews. Benedict Cumberbatch recently chatted with the Telegraph, and despite the conventional nature of this episode and the fact that it is not exactly canon to the rest of the series, he admitted that he was more than happy to take this on:
“The minute I read it, it was clear what they were trying to do and I thought it was fantastic,” he says. “In fact it’s thrilling, because a lot of the heavy lifting is done for you. It’s Holmes in his natural time and era. I don’t feel like I’m trying to carry the thing that the modern version does, where he’s a Victorian man in a modern era … It’s very nice to have the language and the kit and the environs of where he really belongs.”
Of course, we hope that Cumberbatch does not miss these things too much when they are gone, given that we highly doubt that there will be another special like this for quite some time, if ever. Given the actors’ busy schedule, there is not that much time to play around with the era and the format. The fact that they are doing it just once is remarkable in itself.
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