The BBC have officially announced that the third series of Sherlock will kick off on BBC One on New Year’s Day. As a follow up, The Radio Times have gone ahead and published the airdates for the subsequent two episodes as being January 5th and 12th.
That means we’ll get through the whole lot of season 3 in just 11 days and 90 minutes. Not quite the four and a half hours it would take if it was released straight to Netflix, mind you.
The three episodes, if you need reminding, will be called The Empty Hearse, and The Sign of Three andHis Last Vow. Here’s the official blurb for the new run:
The contemporary re-imagining of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic, co-created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, has caused a sensation since it first aired in the summer of 2010, the last series delivering an audience of more than 10 million viewers who have tuned in to watch Sherlock and John Watson navigate a maze of cryptic clues and lethal killers in three thrilling, action-packed adventures.
In episode one of this new series, two years after the devastating effects of The Reichenbach Fall, Dr John Watson has got on with his life. New horizons, romance and a comforting domestic future beckon. But, with London under threat of a huge terrorist attack, Sherlock Holmes is about to rise from the grave with all the theatricality that comes so naturally to him. It’s what his best friend wanted more than anything, but for John Watson it might well be a case of ‘be careful what you wish for’! If Sherlock thinks everything will be just as he left it though, he’s in for a very big surprise…
Benedict Cumberbatch returns as Sherlock Holmes, with Martin Freeman as John Watson, Mark Gatiss as Mycroft, Rupert Graves as Inspector Lestrade, Una Stubbs as Mrs Hudson, Amanda Abbington as Mary Morstan and Louise Brealey as Molly Hooper.