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by James Wheatley-Bradford
There is little doubt that hearts were pulsing last night as a sociopathic detective, whose apathetic powers of observation only tend to intensify his quick-wit and capability to ensnare friends and foes, returned alongside his counterpart, who donned a moustache.
I am, of course, referring to Sherlock‘s latest episode, ‘The Abominable Bride’. In this latest episode, the case-cracking duo – played by Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman – were sent back to the Victorian era that their creator lived through.
Having kept the majority of the storyline under their deerstalkers, show-writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss made known that the intricate narrative was inspired by the ‘untold tale’ mentioned in The Musgrave Ritual: ‘Ricoletti of the Club Foot and His Abominable Wife’.
If, like myself, you are familiar with the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, you will know that this ‘untold tale’ is merely one of Holmes’s throwaway references, but it is one that has inspired fans and critics to mull over what actually happened.
This long-awaited Christmas Special was watched by show fans with bated breath and only strengthened their fondness for unique story-telling.