PBS posted a first look at the upcoming “Sherlock” Victorian special to YouTube on Thursday. The popular series stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic detective Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as his sidekick and companion Dr. John Watson.
Executive producer Steven Moffat told Comic-Con fans on Thursday that the Christmas episode of the BBC and PBS co-production would premiere in select theaters around the world.
“It’s still the same sense of humor, it’s very much the show you know — but in the correct era,” Moffat told the audience from Ballroom 20 of the San Diego Convention Center.
In the video, Mrs. Hudson (Una Stubbs) greets Holmes and Watson as they arrive at Baker Street on a snowy day. The cast wears Victorian costumes, and Holmes indulges in the character’s trademark pipe — though he’s a struggling nicotine addict in the contemporary portion of the series.
Executive producer Sue Vertue and actor Rupert Graves who appears as DI Lestrade in “Sherlock” also took the stage for the panel, while Cumberbatch, actor Andy Scott, who plays villain Moriarty, and executive producer Mark Gatiss, who plays Holmes’ brother Mycroft, appeared in a video introduction to the scene that played for rapt fans.
Cumberbatch, nominated for Best Actor Oscar for “The Imitation Game” in 2015, and prolific writer, actor and producer Gatiss are in London in stage performances — “Hamlet” for Cumberbatch and Gatiss prepping “Three Days in the Country” — and could not attend Comic-Con, while Scott is filming James Bond film “Spectre.”
“Sherlock” won Best Drama Series BAFTA award in 2010 and was nominated for Emmy awards in 2011, 2012 and 2014, winning in numerous categories in 2014, including lead actor in a miniseries or a movie for Cumberbatch, supporting actor in a miniseries or a movie for Freeman and a best writing award for Moffat.