Published: 28/12/2015 15:31 - Updated: 30/12/2015 16:19

Sherlock - big screen, little screen?

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman return, but step back in time...
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman return, but step back in time...

THOUGH setting Sherlock today has been the novelty of the BBC hit series, there's a special twist when it  returns for a one-off episode on New Year's Day on TV and in cinemas.

What if the world's most famous consulting detective and his best friend lived in a Baker Street of steam trains, hansom cabs, top hats and frock-coats - back in 1895!

But some things are refreshingly the same with the Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Dr John Watson (Martin Freeman) double act. The friendship, adventure - and especially the murder.

The Abominable Bride opens with Thomas Ricoletti a little surprised to see his wife dressed in her old wedding gown.

Why? Because, just a few hours before, she took her own life...

Mrs Ricoletti's ghost now appears to be prowling the streets with a thirst for revenge. From fog-shrouded Limehouse to the bowels of a ruined church, Holmes, Watson and their friends must use all their cunning to combat an enemy seemingly from beyond the grave and the final, shocking truth about the bride!

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman (inset).
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman (inset).


So what was it like to be sent back in time?

Actor Benedict said: "Great fun to play, and I mean, great, great fun. To muck around with a pipe and a deerstalker for real is wonderful."

But if you don't fancy switching on BBC1 at 9pm on January 1 and settling down on your own sofa, you could always opt for the big screen version and see it at Vue Inverness (starting at 8.55pm).

As well as the 90-minute episode, cinema-goers will also see exclusive bonus material, including a guided tour of 221B Baker Street from Steven Moffat and a look behind the scenes at how the special episode was made featuring all the lead cast and crew.
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