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.







Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Sherlock Holmes
... Dr. John Watson
... Mrs. Hudson
... DI Lestrade
... Mycroft Holmes
... Professor Moriarty
... Molly Hooper
... Mary Watson
... Anderson
... Janine Donlevy
... Stamford
... Lady Carmichael
... Sir Eustace Carmichael
... Emelia Ricoletti
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!


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

1 January 2016 (USA)  »


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£3,500,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


'The Monstrous Regiment', as Sherlock suggests calling his adventure, is also the name of a Terry Pratchett novel in which a group of women disguise themselves as men in order to enlist, much as Dr. Hooper pretends to be a man in order to work in the morgue. See more »


When we see the groom for the first time, he exits a building with Chinese characters to the left of the doorway. The characters used are from the simplified character set which is not possible for 1890s London as it was first introduced by the government of the People's Republic of China in the 1950s. See more »


Mycroft Holmes: I have access to the top level of the MI5 archive.
Mary Morstan: [already looking at that archive via her phone] Yep, that's where I'm looking.
Mycroft Holmes: What do you think of MI5 security?
Mary Morstan: I think it would be a good idea.
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Not at its best but just enough to remind us how brilliant the show is
6 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

Almost the perfect episode until the last 20 minutes. They didn't have to make it so complicated. The story was great , the setting was perfect and the acting as always was impeccable. Not going to go on about the story but just lightly summarize the drawbacks and the SHERLOCK moments. The episode as it stands I feel didn't need to be connected to where we left in season 3. The story and the setting was good enough for it to be stand alone episode. Though I did enjoy the subtle scene references from the main Sherlock. More importantly the episode for god sake just needed have a good solid ending. I am sure most of the viewers would complain about how the makers tried too hard to pull off a "SHERLOCK" ending. It just needed to be enough to quench the beaming desire of the fans for another year as they wait to see their favorite detective on his adventures.

What I did enjoy about the episode is as is the case with every sherlock episode is the dialogs. They take a moment to seep in and when they do: wow. The references to the main series are also enjoyable. For the first 1hr the episode hits the high standards it has set since its inception, but where it does falter is in the last 30 minutes where just needs to wrap it up in good solid way.

No matter for that, Sherlock fans will definitely enjoy it. To sum up, the episode as Moriarty would say if he was to represent the whole series: MISS ME

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