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 ... 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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The scene of Moriarty walking up the stairs and the exchange between him and Sherlock is taken directly from the Sherlock Holmes film "The Woman In Green" which both Steven Moffat and Mark Gattiss have said is one of their favorites. Also, the exchange between Sherlock and Moriarty is from the Doyle story "The Final Problem." See more »


Sherlock jumps down by the waterfall and his clothes wobble down during the fall. This is against physics and we should've seen clothes skidding upside due to drag created by air. See more »


[Sherlock has been sitting on the floor not moving for two days]
DI Lestrade: What's he doing, do you think?
Mrs. Hudson: He says he's waiting.
DI Lestrade: For what?
Mrs. Hudson: The devil. I wouldn't be surprised. We get all sorts here.
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Sherlock is finally back
2 January 2016 | by midas-jacobsSee all my reviews

There might have slipped through some spoilers.

This episode takes place in Victorian London, which was in the first place something weird, because we are used that this series takes place in present day. In Victorian Londen we see how Watson and Sherlock would have met if the whole series took place in Victorian London. Then we get a speed forward and we get to know the case of this episode. There was this bride that suddenly started to kill people and thereafter kills herself, but the weird part has yet to come. The bride kills her own husband after she died... Now Sherlock and Watson are put on to this case, to explain the mystery.

The directing and cinematography of this episode was nice, as always with this series. I loved every shot, . The editing was cool to, you had some nice transitions between scenes. Like when Watson and Sherlock are waiting for the 'gohst' to appear, there is this spinning the camera movement, and while the camera is spinning the time goes by. And by this you can see the camera spinning as a clock, which was a fun thing, in my opinion. The make-up was good too, the blown out brains etcetera. The set design was amazing, I just can't understand how they could have changed the city like that, the BBC has done this earlier with 'Peaky Blinders' a less good show, again in my opinion. I loved that they took the apartment where they filmed the original show in, and made it look like it was from the 19the century. The costumes as well were cool. They gave Sherlock his stereotypical hat back, where they made fun of in the rest of the show. The music was nice as always. They took the original theme song, but did a thing different, which I can't really explain.

The acting of this special was very good as always. Sherlock was played by Bennedict Cumberbatch. I think that he is the best person that they could have chosen to play Sherlock. He was a bit stiff in the beginning of the episode (a bit more about this later on), but overall he was good. Martin Freeman played Doctor John Watson. He was good as well, he had some great chemistry with Sherlock, this can also be seen in the rest of the series. Mark Gatis, the writer of the show, and also the actor of Mycroft Holmes, came back as well. I didn't really like what they did with his character. They made him fat. Really, really fat. It was meant as a joke, but for me it wasn't really funny. In the present day he was back as his normal self, and there he acted well. The 'fat-suit' they put him in looked also fake. The actress who played the bride was scary, and acted good.

The script was very nicely written. As I have said earlier, I taught that everything was a bit stubborn, and stiff in the beginning, maybe this was like this, because I haven't seen a Sherlock episode in a while, huh, BBC?, but after a couple of minutes it loosened up and everything went back to normal. What I very much liked is the way why everything is now in Victorian London. It fitted the theme well. The only thing that botterd me is that they left us with a cliffhanger... AGAIN. The jokes they put in there were almost always funny, but the fat Mark Gatis, just didn't feel right for me. The references put in there were fun to spot, and I am not going to spoil them, so you can go find them yourself :).

Anyway, this was a fun and scary episode. Finally we got back a Sherlock episode, and I am glad that that happened.

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