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


GBP3,500,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Sherlock calls John "Dr. Watson" in this episode. See more »


When we first see Holmes he is standing next to a door frame that has been painted with Dulux Ultragloss, which wasn't available in the 1890's and, in fact, was only developed and released to the market in 1974. See more »


Sherlock Holmes: [in his apartment, to Moriarty] For the sake of Mrs. Hudson's wallpaper, I must remind you that one false move with your finger and you will be dead.
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good if you go along with the conceit
2 January 2016 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

The long-awaited Sherlock special, "The Abominable Bride," is supposed to satiate our hunger for Sherlock, since we see him so rarely.

It did and it didn't.

I want to disclose up front that I flew to London to see Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet.

This episode was as divisive as Cumberbatch's looks. Some people thought this was the worst thing they've ever seen, and others thought it was wonderful.

I'm somewhere in between. Without giving anything away, I'll say, given the idea behind this episode, the story as it unfolded made sense. It was chaotic, confusing, and filled with strange things -- it was supposed to be.

Instead of taking the idea so literally, I would have preferred something more straightforward with Sherlock returning to Victorian times. There were too many interwoven ideas and people popping up.

One thing I was very impressed by was how much, in Victorian times, Cumberbatch resembled the standard idea of Sherlock Holmes' appearance. He looked amazing.

The production values and acting were both excellent; besides the leads, Andrew Scott was incredible. A good deal of the dialogue was fun. "He said the crime solution was so easy that even I could have solved it," Lestrade tells Mrs. Hudson. "Oh, I'm sure he was exaggerating," she assures him.

I wish they would release more episodes before 2017. For a man the producers objected to when he was cast, Cumberbatch is now too busy to be available for episodes. The price of fame.

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