Sherlock season four air date won't be until January 2017; , show creator excited about Christmas special's period setting

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The fourth season of Sherlock is not on the list for 2016 TV series because of some setbacks, but fans can temporarily fill in the gap with the 90-minute Victorian special that is set to be released this holiday season.

The standalone episode will take the place around the 1890s when its author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, originally penned the story. With this, fans get to see its main characters, Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) in a Victorian era get up. As mentioned by Steven Moffat, one of the creators of the series, “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. 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,” reported in iDigital Trends from Digital Spy.

Moffat added that compared to Sherlock’s other character portray, he will be “a little more polished” and “operates like a Victorian gentleman instead of a posh, rude man.” On the other hand, Dr. Watson will “be more uptight,” as described in the same news portal.

For its plot, the story will be focused on The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle written by the same author in 1892. It is one of the 56 short stories written and the seventh of the 12 stories in the The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes series.

Meanwhile, it was earlier revealed that Sherlock season four will focus on consequences. Moffat said, “It’s dark in some ways – obviously it’s great fun and a Sherlock Holmes romp and all that but there’s a sense of… things… coming back to bite you. It’s not a safe, sensible way to live. It’s hilarious and exhilarating some days, but some days it’s going to be bloody frightening.”

Sherlock season four will come around January 2017.