Here’s a reason to look forward to 2016: The long-awaited “Sherlock” special set in the Victorian era finally has a premiere date — on New Year’s Day.

PBS released a trailer for the special, called “The Abominable Bride,” on Saturday. It will air at 9 p.m. ET/PT Jan. 1. It’s also airing in the U.K. on New Year’s Day, marking the first time “Sherlock” has had a day-and-date release on both sides of the Atlantic.

“The Abominable Bride” sets Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) in 19th-century England, the era of Arthur Conan Doyle’s original Holmes stories.

Season 4 of “Sherlock,” meanwhile, is due to begin filming in the spring. An airdate hasn’t been set.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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