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Watch the gloriously dark Sherlock series 4 ‘teaser’ trailer

The BBC has released a trailer for the forthcoming new series of Sherlock, which will air sometime in 2017.

The Sherlock season 4 trailer begins with London’s most dangerous criminal, Moriarty, asking, “Did you miss me?” – not sure Sherlock does, to be honest, given the fact he is as dangerous as it gets and of genius intelligence.

“Something’s coming. Maybe it’s Moriarty, maybe it’s not,” Sherlock then says, deep in troubled thought, suggesting the villain could be back or that there’s someone else to fear.

That other person could be Culverton Smith, a villain from the Conan Doyle books. Actor Toby Jones is in the trailer a lot and, to add fuel to the fire, the actor accidentally updated his CV with the fact he was playing Smith.

Later in the trailer, Smith is seen saying to Sherlock: “We’re going to have endless fun Mr Holmes, aren’t we?” Sherlock replies: “No. Not endless.” A hint this is the last season, perchance?

Two other names were mentioned during the San Diego Comic-Con chat with writer and producer Steven Moffatt, Sherlock Holmes actor Benedict Cumberbatch and Mycroft actor Mark Gatiss, where the BBC trailer was released. Sherrinford is one of them.

Sherrinford was, of course, mentioned during the series 3 finale and is thought to be the eldest brother. “I’m not accustomed to outbursts of brotherly compassion. You know what happened to the other one,” Sherlock says to Mycroft rather ominously.

The internet is currently in overdrive because Tom Hiddleston may play Sherrinford, if a recent photo of him and other Sherlock cast members is anything to go by. The third name to watch for is Thatcher, but it is unclear who this is (probably not the Iron Lady, but you never know).

The trailer says,” everyone they know is under threat,” and there are various fight scenes, explosions and even Sherlock wielding a pistol so it’s going to be a gloriously dark series.

There’s also a bit in the trailer where Mrs Hudson – Sherlock’s landlady and overall good egg – is rather upset with Mycroft and it is unclear why. “Get out of my, you reptile,” she snarls.

Later Mycroft can be heard speaking to Sherlock: “The roads we walk have demons beneath. And yours have been waiting for a very long time.” Is this a hint at a betrayal? Mrs Hudson would never usually hold back from offering a spot of tea and cake. 

Whatever happens, it should be an absolute blast as Sherlock has been one of the BBC’s better offerings in a while and potentially series 4 could be the last outing.

Video: Sherlock series 4 teaser trailer

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