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Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch in 'Sherlock: The Abominable Bride' (Photo: BBC)

Before we watch this, let’s go through the checklist of things one would need to see in a trailer for the Sherlock Victorian special in order to be reassured that setting the entire series back over 100 years into the past wasn’t a great way of making everything that is wonderful about it vanish in a puff of very interesting smoke.

You’d need to see superciliousness from Sherlock; impatience from John Watson; some quips; something that looks supernatural but very probably isn’t; the same something that looks hard to figure out and very probably is; and there would need to be a general air of foreboding and some discussion of hats.

This, from BBC One, has all bases covered:

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, will premiere on Masterpiece Mystery on January 1, 2016

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By Fraser McAlpine