It’s Elementary! The Mystery of When the “Sherlock” Special Episode Premieres Has Been Solved

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LONDON, ENGLAND – October 24, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) – The secret has been revealed! BBC One has just announced the airdate and title of the “Sherlock” special.

It was announced via Twitter on Saturday “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride” will premiere on January 1, 2016 in both the U.S. and the U.K.

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This is the first time ever a new chapter of “Sherlock” will air in both countries the same day. Fans of the show in the U.S. have long been upset the show airs in the U.K. well before it airs in the states.

It was also announced via Twitter “Sherlock’s” fourth season will begin production in the spring, with creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss currently writing the new episodes.

Photo Courtesy: @BBCOne via Twitter

The series, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman who play Holmes and Watson, is based on the stories written of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Fans are excited about the upcoming ‘special’ because it is a departure show which finds our heroes in 1890s London, the original setting where Doyle set his stories. Series producers have already confirmed the upcoming special,“Sherlock: The Abominable Bride,”  will ‘stand alone’ from the highly anticipated fourth season.

“The special is its own thing,” Steven Moffat said in a recent interview, “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.”

“Sherlock” is produced by Hartswood Films for BBC One and co-produced by Masterpiece.

“The Abominable Bride” will premiere at 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016 on “Masterpiece Mystery!” on PBS and online at pbs.org/masterpiece. Check your local PBS station for the time it airs in your area.

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