Sherlock Series 4, Occasional Elementary Spoilers. Plus...

December 9, 2016: The BBC has posted a Synopsis of the January 1, 2017 episode, "The Six Thatchers"/
"In episode one of this new series, written by Mark Gatiss, Sherlock waits to see where Moriarty will make his posthumous move.

"One mysterious case in particular baffles Scotland Yard - but Sherlock is more interested in a seemingly-trivial detail. Why is someone destroying images of the late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher? Is there a madman on the loose? Or is there a much darker purpose at work? Something with its roots deep in Mary Watson's past…

"Benedict Cumberbatch returns as Sherlock Holmes, with Martin Freeman as John Watson, Mark Gatiss as Mycroft, Rupert Graves as Inspector Lestrade, Una Stubbs as Mrs Hudson, Amanda Abbington as Mary Watson and Louise Brealey as Molly Hooper."

August 1, 2016: Tweet from Amanda Abbington shows video of interview at Comic Con from July 26 on Morietity and the new baby (sounds like Mary and John's baby girl). :

July 31, 2016: Tweet from Amanda Abbington on July 27. A Golden Wrap is the last day a character ever films for a series/movie. It implies that Mary will no longer be part of the show from then on:

June 2, 2016: Benedict Cumberbatch sports some heavy stubble as he films Sherlock Holmes scenes
"Shooting scenes in Cardiff City Centre, the 39-year-old actor sported a heavy layer of stubble as he filmed scenes alongside two elder gents - presumably integral to the plot of the episode.

"Clad in full-costume, and sporting the character's well worn great coat, a navy shirt, dark trousers and black Oxford shoes, Holmes was instantly recognizable amide the hub-bub of cast and crew.                         

"However, it seems that the latest shoot for the series sees Sherlock at his wit's end, as the appeared slightly weary and exhausted - something further emphasized by his loose stance and open-neck shirt."                         
The Daily Mail

June 1, 2016: The Daily Mail has video from the set
Watch a scene being filmed (no sound).

May 9, 2016: The following is from Celeb Dirty Laundry and may include guessing and speculation and just hopes
"Season 4 will have just three episodes and showrunner Steven Moffat says, “Ghosts of the past are rising in the lives of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson and terror and tragedy are looming. This is the story we’ve been telling from the beginning and it’s about to reach its climax.”

Perhaps Sherlock has a four legged companion because Dr John Watson (Martin Freeman) and wife Mary (Amanda Abbington) are prepping to become first-time parents. Freeman was also spotted on set and his character Watson was sporting a baby Bjorn with a fake baby tucked inside.

.... We also know that in addition to the now-hitched Watsons and Sherlock, Molly Hooper (Louise Brealey) is back as is Anderson (Jonathan Aris).

"Moffat has also promised a major cliffhanger that will leave viewers 'desperate' for Season 5.... Other teasers for Season 4 is that Jabez Wilson from Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Red Headed League” will feature prominently.

And for any Sherlock fans hoping to see more of Jim Moriarty (Andrew Scott), Moffat has made assurances that Sherlock’s former nemesis is well and truly dead and did not survive the bullet to the face....

"...Martin Freeman has hinted that Dr Watson will be a widower before all is said and done. Given Mary Watson’s dodgy and dangerous past, it would be sad (but not entirely surprising) if she’s taken out in some epic manner in Sherlock Season 4.

"On Mary’s future, BBC’s Sherlock co-creator Moffat said, 'John’s got a wife and Sherlock likes her and isn’t it adorable and it all goes to hell.' Also, Season 4 will introduce a new character known simply as “Passenger” played by James Holmes." See more at Celeb Dirty Laundry

See more Season 4 images from the filming of what is called "Block 1" or the first of three episodes.

December 17, 2015: Plot of the Upcoming New Years Day Special will examine how women are treated in Victorian society
"...Mary (Amanda Abbington). Watson’s wife won’t be happy with the limitations of being a woman.

“'A lot of the plot is about how women are treated in Victorian society,' executive producer Mark Gatiss (who also plays Mycroft) told TV Insider. 'There’s a bit where [the men] are about to go off on an adventure and Mary says, ‘Am I just to stay here?’ And Watson says, ‘Not at all dear. We’ll be hungry later.’ Obviously, she’s going to rebel!' 

"Abbington previously teased that her character would be affected by the change of setting. However, she also said that not even the Victorian era could keep Mary down. 'We’ve still kept her sparkiness and her glint,' the actress told Den of Geek last month. 'She’s certainly got a bit of scrappiness about her and we didn’t want to lose that. But she’s kind of fighting it.'” See more at International Business Times

The image to the right is Amanda Abbington in costume leaving a filming site for the upcoming New Years special.

November 25, 2015: BBC unveils detailed synopsis for "Sherlock: The Abominable Bride"
"What if the world's most famous consulting detective and his best friend lived in a Baker Street of steam trains, hansom cabs, top hats and frock-coats?

"Welcome to 'Sherlock' in 1895!

"Some things, though, remain reassuringly the same. Friendship, adventure and especially, MURDER...

"Why is Thomas Ricoletti a little surprised to see his wife dressed in her old wedding gown? Because, just a few hours before, she took her own life...

"Mrs Ricoletti's ghost now appears to be prowling the streets with an unslakeable thirst for revenge. From fog-shrouded Limehouse to the bowels of a ruined church, Holmes, Watson and their friends must use all their cunning to combat an enemy seemingly from beyond the grave and the final, shocking truth about... the Abominable Bride!" - See More Spoilers at blastr.com

November 21, 2015: Spoilers About 'The Abominable Bride'
  • "Amanda Abbington, Una Stubbs, and Rupert Graves reprising their roles as Mary Morstan, Mrs. Hudson, and Inspector Lestrade" will also be in it..
  • “Sherlock is a little more polished,” Moffat said at the Television Critics Association’s press tour. “He operates like a Victorian gentleman instead of a posh, rude man. He’s a lot less brattish.”
  • Dr. Watson is “'More uptight,'”
See More Spoilers at i Digital Times

Mark Gatiss spoke about the one episode special, "The series is set in 1895...."
There had been some talk that it was 1885 but Gatiss wanted to correct that. — source: BBC, mid-Aptil 2015

January 31, 2015: Remarkable Spoiler images from recent filming of upcoming 2015 special
- from the Daily Mail

Speaking at the Royal Television Society's event in the first week of March, co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss confirmed again,
That they always planned to bring Moriarty back after his "suicide" but the spoilers were that they aim at gradually continuing to make Sherlock more human, which sounds like giving him more understanding of how he affects others and maybe more control over when and how he gives offense. — source: KDrama Stars, citing The Hollywood Reporter.

Elementary has been in reruns, new episodes resume February 27, 2014 and we have spoilers for the March 6 episode, “Ears to You.”:
Lestrade has been staying at the brownstone and seems unwilling to leave. And a man receives a ransom note for the safe return of his wife, who he was suspected of murdering years ago. — source: CarterMatt's website.

TV Guide turned to series producers Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue as well as Abbington for more answers. Here's what they had to say:
"'We see the possible return of Moriarty (Andrew Scott) at the end of the episode, even though we thought we saw him die last season. Why did you want to bring him back?' 
Steven Moffat: 'We always knew what we were going to do with Moriarty. This has been the game plan since the end of Series 1 when we realized we had a crack on our hands with Andrew. This is something that the whole series has been building to. I won't say what it is we're doing, but we have plans. And I'm pretty bloody certain those plans will please people.'" — See Much More.

Series Three Spoilers Soon to Move to Other Pages:

January 27, 2014: The Hollywood Reporter Already has a full Review up on next week's episode.

"The incredible wow mansion, owned by evil... newspaper magnate Charles [Augustus] Magnussen" is played by "Swinhay House near North Nibley in Gloucestershire..."

Cute scenes, some from Season 3

From Digital Spy: 12 teasers for "His Last Vow": See complete list.: (http://www.digitalspy.com/british-tv/s129/sherlock/news/a542713/sherlock-series-3-finale-12-teasers-for-his-last-vow.html)
  1. If the warmer, more human Sherlock in 'The Sign of Three' left you unnerved, fear not: he's as close to stone-cold sociopath as he's ever been for at least 30% of this episode.
  2. See complete list at Digital Spy
  3. See complete list at Digital Spy
  4. We knew that Steven Moffat's script was based on the short story 'Charles Augustus Milverton', but it also draws heavily on elements from 'His Last Bow', the chronologically final Holmes story.
  5. See complete list at Digital Spy
  6. A lot of 'The Sign of Three' will play very differently on a re-watch in light of the events of 'His Last Vow'.
  7. See complete list at Digital Spy
  8. Despite being series three's most plot-heavy episode, 'His Last Vow' is also a character goldmine, delving deep into the psychology of Sherlock and especially John.
  9. Molly is fierce.
  10. You may already have heard whispers of a shocking development in Sherlock's life, but it won't be so shocking to anyone who has read 'Charles Augustus Milverton'.
  11. See complete list at Digital Spy
  12. We always knew John Watson was a badass, but here he's given perhaps his most straight-up BAMF moment to date. It's really, really great.
See the complete list at Digital Spy: http://www.digitalspy.com/british-tv/s129/sherlock/news/a542713/sherlock-series-3-finale-12-teasers-for-his-last-vow.html#ixzz2q0RrLYtc Follow them: @digitalspy on Twitter | digitalspyuk on Facebook

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