BBC has announced the details of the Sherlock Christmas Special. Sherlock is a highly anticipated BBC One super hit, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. The Christmas special episode titled The Abominable Bride will air on New Year’s Day.

The Abominable Bride is set in a Victorian era setting, the original setting of the Sherlock adventures in the book. The episode will have Sherlock and Watson thrown into a ghoulish adventure pushing them to their limits. BBC has released a new trailer for the special during the Sherlock the London Comic Con.

The wait for the new series has been very long with the third season of the highly successful series premiering in January 2014. Filming for the fourth season of the regular modern-day Sherlock was to begin earlier this year but is now expected to begin in early 2016 for telecast in 2017. Hence this Victorian special will serve to soften the blow of the long wait for the fans of the series.

Sherlock and Watson on Baker Street

The Abominable Bride sees Sherlock wrangle with his assistant as they set out to uncover the truth of their new case. The 90 minute special is set in 1890s London and stars Amanda Abbington, Rupert Graves and Una StubbsMoffat has confirmed that the upcoming special will be a stand-alone event from the highly anticipated fourth season. Also missing from the trailer is Moriarty who had arisen from the dead at the end of last episode of season three, as the special sees Sherlock battle new enemies.

The episode will have Sherlock and Watson are thrown into a ghoulish adventure pushing them to their limits.

Benedict Cumbarbatch as Sherlock

“The special is its own thing,” Moffat said. “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.”

Sherlock playing the violin

The Abominable Bride will premiere at 9pm EST on Jan 1, 2016 on PBS and BBC has confirmed it will air in UK on the same day. There are plans afoot to have the special release in select cinemas worldwide, although no details have been released for the same yet.

Sherlock is produced by Hartswood Films for BBC One and co-produced by Masterpiece. The Abominable Bride has been co-written by Moffat and Gatiss. Beryl Vertue, Gatiss, Moffat, Sue Vertue and Rebecca Eaton serve as Executive Producers for Masterpiece.