Sherlock (2010– )
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The Abominable Bride 

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Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson find themselves in 1890s London in this Christmas special.


Douglas Mackinnon





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Sherlock Holmes
Martin Freeman ... Dr John Watson
Una Stubbs ... Mrs Hudson
Rupert Graves ... Inspector Lestrade
Mark Gatiss ... Mycroft Holmes
Andrew Scott ... Professor Moriarty
Louise Brealey ... Hooper
Amanda Abbington ... Mary Watson
Jonathan Aris ... Anderson
Yasmine Akram ... Janine Donlevy
David Nellist ... Stamford
Catherine McCormack ... Lady Carmichael
Tim McInnerny ... Sir Eustace Carmichael
Natasha O'Keeffe ... Emelia Ricoletti
Tim Barlow Tim Barlow ... Wilder


Imagining himself back in the 1890s, Sherlock is visited by Inspector Lestrade after newlywed Emelia Ricoletti, having apparently killed herself in public, murders her husband Thomas in front of witnesses before vanishing. Some months later Holmes is approached by Lady Carmichael, who tells him that her husband Sir Eustace has been threatened by Emelia, who then seemingly does away with him. With an intrusive Moriarty crossing him, Holmes attempts to solve the enigma, with unexpected help from Watson's wife Mary and evidence of a conspiracy involving half the population of the country. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Welcome to Sherlock 1895!


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English | French

Release Date:

1 January 2016 (USA) See more »


Box Office


£3,500,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Despite several jokes about Mycroft's weight throughout the series, this is the first episode where Mycroft is presented as grossly overweight as described in Doyle's original story, "The Adventures of the Greek Interpreter" (1894). See more »


On the tombstone of Emelia Ricoletti, it is written that she died in 1894, even though the present Sherlock says her murder took place in 1895. See more »


Dr. John Watson: Holmes, could it have been twins?
Sherlock Holmes: No.
Dr. John Watson: Why not?
Sherlock Holmes: Because it's never twins.
DI Lestrade: Emilia was not a twin, nor did she have any sisters. She had one older brother who died four years ago.
Dr. John Watson: Mm-m-m-m. Maybe it was a secret twin.
Sherlock Holmes: A WHAT?
Dr. John Watson: A secret twin? Mm? You know? A twin that nobody knows about? This whole thing could have been planned.
Sherlock Holmes: Since the moment of conception? How breathtakingly prescient of her. It is never twins, Watson!
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Largely entertaining
1 January 2016 | by moriartylivesSee all my reviews

Very different from the episodes that precede it but still very enjoyable and well worth watching. I was looking forward to this episode for a full year and I was not disappointed. Now only another year plus until the 4th season...if I overdose now I should be able to sleep until then. Don't go into this expecting to be blown away. The cinematic intensity of the 9 episodes its elder is not present. The depth and complexity of the plot are less structured. However, even though it's not quite up to par with Sherlock episodes of days past, it is still superior to the majority of television programs and I would say enjoyable enough to watch more than once.

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