”自2010年在中国首次推出以来，该剧便拥有了大批的粉丝，仅过去的一季就有超过9800万人观看”BBC Worldwide 说。
BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the U.K. public broadcaster, said Wednesday that the upcoming 90-minute special of hit drama Sherlock is "expected" to be released in cinemas in China.It said the planned theatrical release was “part of a global cinema event to complement the U.K. television broadcast” of the special.
The news was deal of a broader deal between BBC Worldwide and China's Shanghai Media Group, which on Wednesday also unveiled a partnership to co-produce a feature documentary with the working title Earth: One Amazing Day. It would be the first feature to be made under a U.K.-China co-production treaty ratified earlier this year。The deals are set to be made official at a Wednesday signing ceremony in London that will take place as part of a creative showcase, a part of the official Chinese state visit to the U.K.
Pending regulatory approval, the new Sherlock special will be released in an undisclosed number of theaters in China. The release would need to be approved by the Chinese government under its quota system for foreign films.
“Since first launching in China in 2010, the series has developed a major following, with over 98 million views of the last season alone,” BBC Worldwide said.
The Sherlock special will see Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman reprise their roles as Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson in a one-off episode set in Victorian London in 1895. The episode has been co-written by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.
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