'Sherlock' news: Season 4 to start filming in Spring, will air holiday special on New Year's Day

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Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch is back in the 1890s as detective Sherlock Holmes in the BBC series “Sherlock.”

Now going on its fourth season, the highly acclaimed British TV series will bring back fans to Sherlock’s original time period in a special Victorian episode. “Sherlock” co-showrunner Steven Moffat explained during this year’s British Academy Film and TV Awards last May that they really wanted to put Sherlock back in his original time and environment which was around late 1880s as reported by iDigital Times. “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,” he explains.

The upcoming episode with the title “Abominable Bride” is set to hit TV screens New Year’s Day of 2016. This will also mark two full years after season 3. The episode will also feature Dr. John H. Watson, Holmes’ long time pal and side kick, played by Martin Freeman.

As for the fourth season, Moffat revealed that the crew will start filming spring of 2016, somewhere around April. Unfortunately, it is still unknown if the “Sherlock” production will hold continued shooting or in staggered time frame given the busy schedule of lead actors Cumberbatch and Freeman. Cumberbatch especially is set for Marvel’s comic based movie adaptation “Doctor Strange”  set to drop Nov. 4, 2016.

Fortunately, everything is still going as it is in the original time table for the show. The series is still set to be back on its usual comeback time in January 2017.

Earlier this year, Moffat also talked about season 4 possible scenarios. As Entertainment Weekly quoted the creator, “There are answers coming to questions which nobody has asked. There’s one thing that no one has really brought up… There’s a lot of humor in Sherlock Holmes, and it’s ignored in a lot of adaptations. [Season 4] is going to be… I suppose you’d say… consequences. It’s consequences.”