‘Sherlock’ Christmas special to be set in Victorian England

Self-contained special will be followed a new series of three episodes

Sherlock‘s next episode will be a self-contained special set in Victorian England, the show’s co-creator Steven Moffat has confirmed.

The BBC has yet to announce when the Sherlock special will air, but it is expected to be during this year’s Christmas TV season. The special will be followed by Serious Four of the hit detective drama, which will feature three additional new episodes.

“The special is its own thing,” Moffat told Entertainment Weekly yesterday (March 16). “We wouldn’t have done the story we’re doing, and the way we’re doing it, if we didn’t have this special. It’s not part of the run of three episodes.”

“It’s Victorian,” Moffat continued. “[Co-creator Mark Gatiss] and me, we wanted to do this, but it had to be a special, it had to be separate entity on its own. It’s kind of in its own little bubble.”

Sherlock‘s producer Sue Vertue had sparked rumours that the show would be taking a trip back in time by tweeting a picture of stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in Victorian clothing last November (2014). The actors were later spotted on set in Cardiff in similar outfits.

Meanwhile, co-creator Mark Gatiss has recently hinted that tragedy is to come in the show’s forthcoming fourth series, which will be its first since 2014.