BBC WORLDWIDE NORTH AMERICA AND FATHOM EVENTS CELEBRATE SHERLOCK: THE ABOMINABLE BRIDE IN U.S. THEATERS FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME ON JANUARY 5 & 6, 2016
TWO-NIGHT SPECIAL SCREENING ENGAGEMENT WITH EXCLUSIVE CONTENT ONLY AVAILABLE IN THEATERS
DENVER – October 26, 2015 – BBC Worldwide North America and Fathom Events are teaming up again for a special theatrical screening event of Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, marking the debut of Emmy Award® winners Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman on the big screen in their iconic roles as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. The feature-length screening will premiere on Tuesday, January 5 with an encore on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, both at 7:30 p.m. local time. Theater audiences will experience 20 minutes of exclusive, additional footage which will include a guided set tour of 221B Baker Street hosted by co-writer/executive producer Steven Moffat prior to the feature, and a “making of” short film starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and many more, immediately following the feature content. Sherlock is produced by Hartswood Films for BBC One and co-produced by Masterpiece.
Tickets for Sherlock: The Abominable Bride will be available beginning Friday, November 6 and can be purchased online at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. The special is expected to play in over 500 movie theaters across the U.S. through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride will see Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman reprise their roles as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson in a one-off episode set in Victorian London in 1895. The episode has been co-written by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss with performances by Rupert Graves, Una Stubbs, Louise Brealey and Amanda Abbington. It is directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Doctor Who, Line of Duty).
Sherlock is a global phenomenon, engaging audiences from Berlin to Beijing, from Texas to Tokyo. The show has sold to over 240 territories across the world, won 12 BAFTAs, 7 Emmys® and a prestigious Peabody Award as well as accolades at the Edinburgh TV Festival and the Television Critics Association. Sherlock made its mark in U.S. pop-culture being one of only three British TV shows that have appeared on the cover of Entertainment Weekly.
“Sherlock on the big screen. For us, it’s a giant leap backwards – into Victorian London. The mean streets of 1895 have never looked so good,” states co-writer Steven Moffat, October 2015.
“It’s not suddenly going to be a different show. It’s essentially our Sherlock as if we’d always done it set in 1895. It has the same sensibility. The language is obviously slightly different but we wanted it to feel as funny and as vivid as our modern-day one. Otherwise it would be a sort of dusty period piece which is not what we are interested in,” states co-writer Mark Gatiss, August 2015.
Soumya Sriraman, EVP Film, Home Entertainment and Licensing for BBC Worldwide North America, commented, “We want to give a very special thank you gift to the Sherlock fans in America who are incredibly loyal and supportive of the show. Watching Benedict and Martin on the big screen will be a real treat for them and we’ve got some exclusive footage they won’t want to miss.”
“We’re thrilled to partner again with BBC Worldwide North America to continue the popular ‘British invasion’ here in U.S. cinemas. Sherlock fans have a great opportunity to see this unique special on the big screen with top quality picture and sound, all among fellow fans,” said Fathom Events VP of Programming Kymberli Frueh.
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride will be shown on MASTERPIECE on PBS stations and pbs.org the same day as the UK on Friday, January 1 at 9pm ET, with an on-air encore on Sunday, January 10 at 10pm ET.
About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is the recognized leader in the alternative entertainment industry, offering a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events in movie theaters nationwide that include live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, the performing arts, major sporting events, music concerts, comedy series, Broadway shows, original programming featuring entertainment’s biggest stars, socially relevant documentaries with audience Q&A and much more. Fathom Events takes audiences behind-the-scenes and offers unique extras, creating the ultimate entertainment experience. It is owned by a consortium called AC JV, LLC., comprised of AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), the three largest movie theater circuits in the United States. In addition, Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live events to 820 locations in 177 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
About BBC Worldwide North America
BBC Worldwide North America is the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) operating in the U.S. and Canada. The company exists to maximize the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the UK license payer and invests in public service programming in return for rights. The company operates four businesses in the territory – linear and digital content sales and co-productions, consumer products, BBC.com, and BBC Worldwide Productions, the production arm responsible for the smash hit Dancing with the Stars. The company also owns a 50.1% share in cable channel BBC AMERICA through a joint venture with AMC Networks.