“The Six Thatchers” is the title of the Sherlock season four premiere
The BBC has has just revealed that the Sherlock season four premiere will arrive on January 1, 2017. “The Six Thatchers” is the new episode’s title and it marks the first new episode of Sherlock since the hit series’ 2015 Christmas special, “The Abominable Bride.” In fact, the Sherlock season four premiere arrives nearly two years after the end of the show’s third season. You can check out a new teaser image for the premiere in the gallery viewer below.
The title of the Sherlock season four premiere is almost certainly a reference to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1904 short story “The Adventure of the Six Napoleons” (later collected in The Return of Sherlock Holmes), swapping the French revolutionary with a more recent political figure. The original story follows Holmes and Watson as they investigate a series of crimes tied to smashed statues. You can read the full text by clicking here.
Promising laughter, tears, shocks, surprises and extraordinary cases, it was announced previously that series four will begin with the nation’s favourite detective, the mercurial Sherlock Holmes, back once more on British soil – as Doctor Watson and his wife, Mary, prepare for their biggest ever challenge – becoming parents for the first time.
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride was the most watched program over the festive season with 11.6 million viewers and the highest-ever audience share for a Sherlock episode. The Victorian special was also released in thousands of theaters around the world to complement the TV broadcast.
Sherlock is written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock is produced by Sue Vertue, and the executive producers are Beryl Vertue, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat for Hartswood Films, Bethan Jones for BBC Cymru Wales and Rebecca Eaton for Masterpiece. It is distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide.
The Sherlock season four premiere is also coming to Masterpiece on PBS in 2017.