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Sherlock special will get theatrical release in China

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BBC Worldwide has announced that the upcoming Sherlock special will be released in Chinese theaters as part of “a global cinema event.”

The 90-minute special, which sets Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman’s John Watson in Victorian London for a one-off episode, will screen in theaters in China — pending regulatory approval — as a “complement” to the United Kingdom TV broadcast. The series first launched in China in 2010 and has since developed a major following, with more than 98 million views of the last season alone.

The BBC also announced a new partnership between BBC Earth Films and Shanghai Media Group Pictures, which will co-produce a new documentary feature film (working title Earth: One Amazing Day) to be released in theaters in 2017. Earth: One Amazing Day will be the sequel to 2007’s Earth, which was the second highest-grossing nature documentary ever, and it’ll be the first feature film produced under a U.K.-China co-production treaty signed earlier this year.

The Sherlock special will air later this year on PBS in the United States. Season 4 is expected to debut in 2016.

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