Two years after the devastating effects of The Reichenbach Fall, Dr John Watson has got on with his life. New horizons, romance and a comforting domestic future beckon; but, with London under threat of a huge terrorist attack, Sherlock Holmes is about to rise from the grave with all the theatricality that comes so naturally to him.
Elizabeth plays Miss Mary Sutherland, a wealthy woman whose fiance has recently disappeared. The character is taken from “A Case of Identity”, the third story in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
Produced by Sue Vertue for Hartswood Films
Executive Producers: Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat, Beryl Vertue, Bethan Jones for BBC
Written by Mark Gatiss
Directed by Jeremy Lovering
Transmitted on BBC One on 1st January 2014; Distributed by BBC Worldwide
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