Sherlock-Season-3-sliceWhilst Dr. Who fans around the globe have finally been treated to the 50th Anniversary Special tonight, the BBC has outdone themselves by releasing a new trailer for Sherlock Season 3.

Expected to air very early in the New Year, the third season marks the highly anticipated return of Benedict Cumberbatch in the iconic role, picking up where things left off in January 2012.

PBS has announced that the new series will premiere in the US on January 19th, but the BBC is still keeping quiet on exactly when we can expect it here. The broadcaster has first window rights, as one of the best-known programmes from our shores in recent years, so expect it no later than 19th January on BBC One. With any luck, it will be landing even sooner.

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It’s amazing to think the series has garnered such an astounding following with just six episodes to its name, and Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss deserve a lot of credit for that.

Gatiss revealed that the first episode, entitled ‘The Empty Hearse’, will be loosely based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventure of the Empty House, in which Holmes is discovered to have faked his own death, after Conan Doyle notoriously killed him off.

Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will be back for more next year, and Lars Mikkelsen is set to join them as the villain Charles Augustus Magnussen. Whilst we all eagerly count down the weeks until Sherlock Holmes’ return, here is the new trailer. Enjoy.

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