Sherlock is back in The Abominable Bride ... but not as you know it [Review]

Sherlock is back in The Abominable Bride ... but not as you know it [Review]

Benedict Cumberbatch is back as Sherlock Holmes in a "Christmas special", The Abominable Bride. But it's not Sherlock as you know it - in this episode, Holmes and Watson (Martin Freeman) have been plonked back in Arthur Conan Doyle's original 19th century setting.

After a brief introduction to the characters in this new era (well, old), we're plunged into the mystery: a woman is seen to die on a busy street, yet later that day, she kills her husband.

But Holmes soon loses interest in the case - until several months later when it seems that the dead woman may be threatening the life of an important man.

And then two-thirds of the way through comes the massive, shocking twist that will leave you gaping unattractively.

The episode is full of self-referential jokes, and tidbits that only super-fans would recognise - even the title comes from a throwaway line in a Conan Doyle story. While it doesn't quite fit into the Sherlock canon, if you're a fan, you'll rejoice at the writers' sheer audacity and creativity. Be sure to stay after the credits!

Contains disturbing scenes

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This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Sherlock, but not as you know it


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