The BBC have released a few more character pictures from the highly anticipated fourth series of ‘Sherlock’.

They feature the show’s co-creator and writer Mark Gatiss in his role as Sherlock’s brother and government ’employee’ Mycroft Holmes. There is a lovely shot of Louise Brealey as Molly Hooper and of course this release would be lacking without a look at high-functioning sociopath Sherlock Holmes played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

The final is a group shot of the complete cast including Martin Freeman as John Watson, his wife Mary played by Amanda Abbington, Rupert Graves is Detective Inspector Lestrade and the wonderful Una Stubbs takes centre spot as Mrs Hudson.

These new pictures enforce what has already been promised as the ‘darkest series yet’.

Sherlock - TX: 01/01/2017 - Episode: Sherlock S4 - Generic (No. 1) - Picture Shows: Mycroft Holmes (MARK GATISS) - (C) Hartswood Films - Photographer: Todd Antony
Sherlock – TX: 01/01/2017 – Episode: Sherlock S4 – Generic (No. 1) – Picture Shows: Mycroft Holmes (MARK GATISS) – (C) Hartswood Films – Photographer: Todd Antony
Sherlock - TX: 01/01/2017 - Episode: Sherlock S4 - Generic (No. 1) - Picture Shows: Molly Hooper (LOUISE BREALEY) - (C) Hartswo
Sherlock – TX: 01/01/2017 – Episode: Sherlock S4 – Generic (No. 1) – Picture Shows: Molly Hooper (LOUISE BREALEY) – (C) Hartswood Films – Photographer: Todd Antony
Sherlock - TX: 01/01/2017 - Episode: Sherlock S4 - Generic (No. 1) - Picture Shows: (L-R) Detective Inspector Lestrade (RUPERT GRAVES), Mary Watson (AMANDA ABBINGTON), Dr John Watson (MARTIN FREEMAN), Mrs Hudson (UNA STUBBS), Mycroft Holmes (MARK GATISS), Sherlock Holmes (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH), Molly Hooper (LOUISE BREALEY) - (C) Hartswood Films - Photographer: Todd Antony
Sherlock – TX: 01/01/2017 – Episode: Sherlock S4 – Generic (No. 1) – Picture Shows: (L-R) Detective Inspector Lestrade (RUPERT GRAVES), Mary Watson (AMANDA ABBINGTON), Dr John Watson (MARTIN FREEMAN), Mrs Hudson (UNA STUBBS), Mycroft Holmes (MARK GATISS), Sherlock Holmes (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH), Molly Hooper (LOUISE BREALEY) – (C) Hartswood Films – Photographer: Todd Antony

Series 4 premieres Sundays starting January 1st on BBC One at 8:30pm and PBS Masterpiece.

In episode one, written by Mark Gatiss, Sherlock waits to see where Moriarty will make his posthumous move.

One mysterious case in particular baffles Scotland Yard – but Sherlock is more interested in a seemingly trivial detail. Why is someone destroying images of the late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher? Is there a madman on the loose? Or is there a much darker purpose at work? Something with its roots deep in Mary Watson’s past…

About Sherlock

“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.

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