Star of the BBC hit series Sherlock admits to having reservations about setting the standalone Christmas special in the characters original Victorian era. Speaking to the Independent, Benedict Cumberbatch confessed to telling creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss “you’re mad“. The series has gone to great lengths to modernise the detective and is now heading back to 1985.
However Cumberbatch continued to say he got the more detailed pitch and thought, “OK, this is going to be great fun’, And it really is. It’s so nice to play him in his era. The things that are asked of me in the modern version, the sense that this is a man clearly slightly out of his time… to put him back in the era he was written in originally is just a joy. It feels easier“.
The special episode The Abominable Bride inspired by a case mentioned by Dr Watson in the 1893 short story The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual will be aired on BBC one on Friday, January 1 and in selected cinemas.