‘Sherlock’: First picture of Cumberbatch, Freeman in 2015 Christmas Special

Picture shows actors dressed as Arthur Conan Doyle's classic Sherlock and Watson

The first picture of Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in the show’s 2015 Christmas Special has been revealed.

Producer Sue Vertue shared the picture on Twitter yesterday (November 25) after previously revealing that the show’s stars were going to be taking part in a draft script read-through that day. The picture shows the actors dressed in the style of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic Sherlock and Watson, rather than the modern-day incarnations they portray in the hit BBC drama.

Filming on the next run of Sherlock episodes begins early next year, with a Christmas special set to air in 2015 followed by a trio of new episodes in 2016.

The show’s co-creator Mark Gatiss has recently hinted that tragedy is to come in the show’s forthcoming fourth series.

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is being tipped for an Oscar nomination for his performance in Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game, which opened in cinemas on November 14. His co-star, Watson actor Martin Freeman, will be seen next on the big screen in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which is released in cinemas on December 12.