This Fan-Made ‘Sherlock’ Series 4 Promo is Pretty Amazing

Dramatic Sherlock is dramatic. (Photo: Photo: Courtesy of (C)Robert Viglasky/Hartswood Films 2013 for MASTERPIECE)
Dramatic Sherlock is dramatic. (Photo: Photo: Courtesy of (C)Robert Viglasky/Hartswood Films 2013 for MASTERPIECE)
Now that we know we’re a pretty long wait before we see Sherlock again in any form (the new special seems likely to drop at Christmas 2015, with Series 4 TBD), it’s more vital than ever to keep ourselves well-stocked with consulting detective-themed goodies to take our mind off the fact that we still don’t know how Moriarty survived or that we don’t really know what’s up with Mary’s past and that we’re all slowly fading away without Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman on our screens.

Luckily, this fan-made Series 4 trailer is here to kick your brain into gear about what you’d like to see when the show returns. 

This – let’s repeat, completely fan-made – clip imagines a much darker and more moody Series 4, in a way that actually makes the possible return of Moriarty seem menacing rather than dumb, and that neatly seems to tie the Napoleon of crime to the secrets of Mary’s mysteriously murderous past.

Made predominantly from Sherlock footage, eagle-eyed viewers will also spot a few shots from other works that feature the show’s cast – particularly Andrew Scott, Amanda Abbington and Lara Pulver – but they’re cut together in such a way that they still work. 

Still though – if it weren’t for that random shot from Skyfall up in there (I will always remember Ben Whishaw accurately, sorry vidmakers), I could almost believe this is legit. Plus, the cover of Tears for Fears’ Everybody Wants to Rule the World they used is A+ amazing.

It’s so ominous that you can almost believe Moriarty is scary again. Let’s hope the real deal – whenever we get to see it – is similarly themed!

The clip was been put together by intrepid Youtuber Beautifullytragic6, who seems to be working on something of a Series 4 promo series, if you like her style. (Though, granted, the other clips do veer off into sort of a storyline of their own which less closely mirrors the show. But still, fun!)

Do you have any favorite Sherlock fan videos? Do share - It’s a long way to Series 4 and we need all the help we can get! 


Lacy Baugher

Lacy's love of British TV is embarrassingly extensive, but primarily centers around evangelizing all things Doctor Who, and watching as many period dramas as possible.

Digital media type by day, she also has a fairly useless degree in British medieval literature, and dearly loves to talk about dream poetry, liminality and the medieval religious vision. (Sadly, that opportunity presents itself very infrequently.) York apologist, Ninth Doctor enthusiast and unabashed Ravenclaw. Say hi on Twitter at @LacyMB