Moffat Talks ‘Sherlock’ Victorian Christmas Special

"We've got, I think you can safely say, the Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson of a generation"

For a few months now fans have been just a little curious as to why Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss decided to take ‘Sherlock’ back to Victorian England for the one off Christmas special, which is sett in 1895.

Over weekend while accepting a BAFTA for the hit series Steven Moffat explained the reasoning behind taking ‘Sherlock’ back to the period setting.

“We’ve got, I think you can safely say, the Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson of a generation – we want to see them do it in the proper outfits, just once,” Moffat said backstage at last night’s (May 10) House of Fraser BAFTA Television Awards.

“That makes them the only two who’ve done both [period and contemporary] – apart from [Basil] Rathbone and [Nigel] Bruce, who we venerate, of course.”

Moffat admitted that he and Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss were “giddy” on set for the Victorian special.

“We were ridiculous,” he admitted. “Running around, saying, ‘He’s wearing a deerstalker! Look at that moustache!’ It’s very exciting.”


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