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By Mathew Wace Peck     Sep 30, 2013 in Entertainment
Speculation and counter-speculation has reached fever pitch with the fast-approaching launch of season 3 of “Sherlock”, the BBC’s massively popular 21st-century re-interpretation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories.
Season 2, which aired in 2012, ended with a massive conundrum: how did Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) survive the fall to his death in the final episode, The Reichenbach Fall ?
The answer to the question – which has led to much speculation and theories being discussed on the Internet in the intervening months – will be revealed in the new series, due to be broadcast this winter.
If that’s not enough, however, last week saw another big rumour doing the rounds: that there would be a Sherlock Christmas special.
Christmas specials are nothing new to British television. For decades, festive-themed versions of popular shows have been broadcast over the Christmas period.
Many of them are often no more than the same old programme with some tinsel and holly added. However, back in the 1970s, exceptions included massively popular annual Christmas special editions of Eric and Ernie’s Morcambe and Wise and Barker and Corbett’s The Two Ronnies.
Over the last decade, TV Christmas specials have moved up a notch with a number of drama series getting in on the act. It all started in 2005, with the Doctor Who Christmas special, Russell T Davies’s aptly named The Christmas Invasion, which introduced David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor.
Prior to The Christmas Invasion, there had only ever been one Doctor Who broadcast on Christmas Day, and that was way back in 1965, with The Feast of Steven, an early episode starring William Hartnell as the First Doctor.
Since 2005, however, Doctor Who Christmas specials have become a permanent feature of the BBC’s Christmas Day broadcasting, with this year’s instalment – the ninth in a row – being Matt Smith’s swan-song episode as the Eleventh Doctor and featuring Peter Capaldi’s first scene as the Twelfth Doctor.
It’s perhaps not surprising then that, with all the current hype surrounding the return of Sherlock and the fast-approaching festive season, talk of a Christmas special of that series, too, has emerged.
Not to be, though, it seems. Sherlock ’s producer, Sue Vertue, has tweeted, “Sorry to squash the rumour but we haven’t shot a #Sherlock Xmas special I’m afraid.”
So that’s it the, unless, of course, Vertue, has taken a leaf out of her husband Steven Moffat’s book. Moffat – Sherlock ’s co-creator and co-executive producer – is famous for obfuscation and half-truths when it comes to trying to put second-guessing sci-fi fans off the scent when it comes to another series – Doctor Who – of which he is showrunner.
The third season, however, will launch this winter – though exact dates are still to be announced.
Sherlock Holmes, in its many incarnations is thriving: the US-set contemporary versionElementary – continues its successful run; Sir Ian McKellen is to play a retired Holmes in a new film – A Slight Trick of the Mind – and, for the first time ever, one of Conan Doyle’s short stories – The Speckled Band – has been translated into WelshY Cylch Brith.
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