‘Sherlock’ special trailer mystery: Why are Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in Victorian times?

“Sherlock” fans rejoice. After a two-year wait, we finally are getting a new adventure. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman return to their Emmy-winning roles as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson in a special edition due to air on the BBC and PBS during the Christmas holidays. In the just-released trailer (watch below), the crime-solving duo are back in the Victorian era, the original time frame of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s classic novels.

Don’t fret about the time shift. This one-off telefilm is not part of the storyline that will be threaded through the forthcoming fourth season, due sometime next spring. While the plot is still under wraps, the trailer gives us a taste of what we can expect, with at least one murder mystery for our favorite detectives to solve. The production values look top-notch and Holmes is seen sporting his trademark cape and deer-stalker hat. Donning the latter makes for a pungent punchline from Watson. 

At the 2014 Emmys, “The Last Vow” — the third of the three telefilms that comprised season 3 of “Sherlock” — won seven awards including Best Movie/Mini Actor, Supporting Actor and Writing. Those were all upsets against the heavily favored adaptation of Larry Kramer‘s landmark play “The Normal Heart.” The first two seasons of “Sherlock” had been blanked by the Emmys. 

After watching the trailer, join the intense conversation about “Sherlock” taking place in our forums. Hollywood insiders are dissecting every frame of this preview, searching for clues. 

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