The new season picks up two years after The Reichenbach Fall, in which we see Sherlock seemingly committing suicide by stepping off a rooftop, before closing the episode with him watching Watson by his graveside from afar.
It opens with an episode entitled, The Empty Hearse, loosely based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventure of the Empty House, in which Conan Doyle brought the character back to life after what was to be his final deathly struggle with Moriarty in The Final Problem.
Sherlock has been gone for two years. But someone isn’t quite convinced that he’s dead…
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will of course be back for more as Sherlock and Watson, with Mark Gatiss penning the opening episode, Stephen Thompson writing the second, and Steven Moffat closing the season, each writing one episode as they did in the first two seasons.
Sherlock Season 3 will begin airing in the UK on BBC One on 1st January, continuing on 5th January, and concluding on 12th January (so make sure you don’t miss the second episode, as it comes earlier than a week after the first). In the US, the programme will recommence on January 19th on PBS.