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Sherlock Special news roundup * 08 November 2014

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Production on the next episode of Sherlock is beginning to swing into operation, and another key element of the behind the scenes team for the one-off special has been revealed - the director.

Douglas MacKinnon, responsible for several episodes of Doctor Who since its return in 2006 - including three episodes in the 2014 series - will helm the episode. The news was revealed by Mackinnon himself on his personal Twitter account. He has also directed episodes of Hartswood Films' Jekyll in 2007, and instalments from both series of the acclaimed BBC Two police drama Line of Duty.

The Sherlock one-off special features both Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss on writing duty, and has now officially entered pre-production ahead of filming in January 2015 with production designer Arwel Wyn Jones in the process of location scouting this week - give him a follow on Twitter to keep an eye on his mysterious journeys!

While there is no confirmed airdate for the special, it is widely presumed to be a Christmas special to air next year.

Sherlock Series 4 itself will film later in 2015.