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Why do the ‘Sherlock’ actors look like Victorians in these new photos?

These new Sherlock photos are intriguing, but most fans agree the set leaks should stop.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Posted on Jan 23, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 5:07 pm CDT

Despite the BBC’s best efforts to keep the next episode of Sherlock under wraps, more photos have leaked from the show’s latest filming location.

Earlier pictures showed Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in Victorian costumes, causing fans to speculate wildly about why the 21st-century Sherlock characters might be dressing like their literary inspirations. The new photos also show Amanda Abbington (Mary Watson) and Louise Brealey (Molly Hooper) in faux-Victorian garb.

The photos are being shared on the #Setlock hashtag, which fans use to keep track of information leaked from the film sets. This has become a hot topic in recent weeks, after Martin Freeman and writer/actor Mark Gatiss expressed discomfort with the amount of attention paid to the film sets. In some Setlock photos, you can see crowds of people behind the security barriers, although some of them look more like paparazzi than fans. In the U.K., behind-the-scenes photos from Sherlock and Doctor Who often show up in the tabloids.

This week, a Radio Times poll asked 5,000 Sherlock fans what they thought of the Setlock phenomenon, and 77 percent said that it was “no longer acceptable” for crowds of fans to show up at the Sherlock sets. So while people are obviously keen to hear more about the upcoming Christmas special, it sounds like they’d prefer if the actors could just get on with their job in peace.

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*First Published: Jan 23, 2015, 1:12 pm CST