On Saturday, we reported that the new Sherlock special would air on New Year’s Day, 2016, in both the UK and the USA, and that the title of the 90-minute special would be “The Abominable Bride.” Sunday, the BBC released an extended trailer for the special that incorporates more of the story, and we get a glimpse of the bride in question, a frothing, gun-toting woman who looks much more suited to a horror movie than a holiday mystery. Or maybe they’re one in the same. The Bride looks to me like she’s been played by Natasha O’Keeffe, late of Misfits, but I can’t confirm that.
This trailer, 30 seconds longer than the one we told you about earlier in the month, offers us a better look at the atmosphere, which looks exceedingly Victorian and creepily misty, as well as some of the supporting characters. Rupert Graves’ Inspector Lestrade and his mighty mutton chops look justly dumbfounded by everything going on, and I’m glad Amanda Abbington’s Mary hasn’t lost all of her edge with this being set in the time of the original stories, out of the continuity of the series up to this point.
The UK has a tradition of spooky things around the winter holidays, for reasons we here in North America don’t really grasp, but this special certainly appears to have all the requisite chills befitting a scary mystery such as this. We still don’t know what the mystery is, of course, but we’re sure excited to see it.
“The Abominable Bride,” written by Steven Moffat & Mark Gatiss and directed by Doctor Who veteran Douglas Mackinnon, will air January 1, 2016, on PBS! Let us know what you think of the new trailer in the comments below!
Image: BBC One
Kyle Anderson is the Weekend Editor and a film and TV critic for Nerdist.com. Follow him on Twitter!