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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.

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Douglas Mackinnon
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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

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Storyline

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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Sir Eustace's impending death is announced with five orange pips, as in the original story by Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Five Orange Pips." The five Pips was previously seen in the episode The Great Game in Series one when Sherlock receives a duplicate phone with a picture of 221C which contains Carl Powers sneakers. Sherlock states that the five pips are a traditional warning in America. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film, "the bride" shoots her husband with a double barreled shotgun. However she is seen to rack a shell with the accompanied sound, as if she was using a pump shotgun. See more »

Quotes

DI Lestrade: I thought you understood everything.
Sherlock Holmes: Of course not. That would be an appalling waste of brain space. I specialize.
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Playing those mind games forever
1 January 2016 | by LejinkSee all my reviews

The BBC has been trailing the return of three (okay, four) of its most popular detective heroes in a clever advertisement showing Stella Gibson from "The Fall", John Luther and Sherlock (and Dr Watson). "The Fall" re-starts next week although it is my least anticipated of the three, while "Luther's" comeback was very good but this dazzlingly brilliant episode was the best thing I've watched this Christmas.

The writing really was terrific with a plot that had more ups and downs than a mountain range, more ins and outs than Hampton Court Maze and more twists and turns than a dozen corkscrews, in short it was a triumph. Starting with a Victorian-era impossible murder with an even more impossible murderer, guest appearances by all the previous supporting cast including a massively-bloated Mycroft, surely a homage to Sydney Greenstreet and the return of the master-criminal we've all missed, a premonition of another husband-slaying in a big old house after dark, a recreation of the real Reichenbach Fall climax of yore, an ingenious denouement anticipating female suffrage years later but perhaps the best thing of all was the promise of a new series to come.

As ever, the technical aspects of the production were great, I'm a sucker for the multiple camera-angle, 360 degrees perspective, time-freezing, computer graphics and microscopic zoom shots employed. There was humour a-plenty and hosts of references to the Conan-Doyle original, including, if I'm not mistaken, the first time this Sherlock has ever said "Elementary my dear Watson".

The playing by Cumberbatch, Freeman and Andrew Scott as the three main protagonists was never better. I'm sure there will be Sherlock-oligists who can pick apart the complexities of the plot, which for sure seemed at times like a read-across from Moffat and Gatiss's other re-creation Dr Who, but let them, they won't spoil it for me. This was the best "Sherlock" I've yet seen and sets an almost impossibly high standard for what may come after this.

Doesn't matter if they don't however, this one was so good it really was the perfect after-Christmas present.


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Release Date:

1 January 2016 (USA) See more »

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GBP3,500,000 (estimated)
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