Sherlock (2010– )
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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.


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 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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English | French

Release Date:

1 January 2016 (USA) See more »


Box Office


£3,500,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Also released in cinemas in the U.K and U.S., where it screened with twenty-five minutes of exclusive bonus content that included a behind-the-scenes feature and a tour of 221B Baker Street. See more »


When we see the groom for the first time, he exits a building with Chinese characters to the left of the doorway. The characters used are from the simplified character set which is not possible for 1890s London as it was first introduced by the government of the People's Republic of China in the 1950s. See more »


DI Lestrade: Mrs. Hudson didn't seem to be talking.
Sherlock Holmes: I fear she has branched into literary criticism by mean of satire. It is a distressing trend in the modern landlady.
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Largely entertaining
1 January 2016 | by moriartylivesSee all my reviews

Very different from the episodes that precede it but still very enjoyable and well worth watching. I was looking forward to this episode for a full year and I was not disappointed. Now only another year plus until the 4th season...if I overdose now I should be able to sleep until then. Don't go into this expecting to be blown away. The cinematic intensity of the 9 episodes its elder is not present. The depth and complexity of the plot are less structured. However, even though it's not quite up to par with Sherlock episodes of days past, it is still superior to the majority of television programs and I would say enjoyable enough to watch more than once.

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