Sherlock goes Victorian~

Sherlock goes Victorian~

In arguably one of the most meta-moments in pop culture ever BBC’s  intensely popular series Sherlock will have a special episode set in Victorian times.

Back in 2010 creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat brought a contemporary portrait of the world’s most famous detective to life on British television. Others have tried to update Holmes from the Victorian era to the modern, most have failed spectacularly. But not Sherlock. And now the team, for one story at least, will be taking the titular hero and his partner, Dr John Watson, back to his roots.

As Moffat informed Entertainment Weekly:

“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.”

Read the full story on the BBC’s website: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-31920229

The upcoming Sherlock special will be set in Victorian London, the show’s co-creator, Steven Moffat, has confirmed.

Last year, the BBC released an image of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in character as the detective and his assistant in Victorian clothing.

It led fans to speculate whether the special would be set in the past, or if the pair were merely dressing up.

But Moffat told Entertainment Weekly it would be an historical adventure that stood alone from the main series.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

Moffat added filming had been completed on the special and he was “very pleased” with the result.

The BBC has yet to confirm when it will be broadcast.

Meanwhile, Sherlock co-creator and star Mark Gatiss has said he based his character, Mycroft, on the British Labour Party politician Peter Mandelson.

“It was explicit even before I was going to play him,” he told the Radio Times.

“Steven… and I talked about how Mandelsonian Mycroft was. Conan Doyle says Mycroft is the British government. He’s the power behind the throne.”

Gattiss is playing Mandelson for real in the new Channel 4 drama, Coalition, which airs on Thursday. 26 March.

The one-off special charts the turmoil that followed 2010’s General Election, as the three main parties scrambled to form a coalition government.

It also stars Bertie Carvel as Nick Clegg, Ian Grieve as Gordon Brown and Mark Dexter as David Cameron.

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