It has been some time since season two of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ version of Sherlock concluded with a surprise ending.
Sherlock seemed to be dead and it looked as this new reimagining of Sherlock Holmes was at an end.
However on BBC1 on New Year’s Day, season three will begin. It seems as if Sherlock faked his own death and it will be interesting to see how Mark’s episode explains how he did it.
Fans of the show should note that on the BBC website where there is an mini episode called Many Happy Returns which serves as a prelude to the first episode of the new series. The second ninety minute episode will be screened on the fifth of January with the third and last one showing a week later. And then…? Perhaps a series four if the lead actors Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Martin Freeman (Dr. John Watson) can fit one into their busy schedules? This modern day version of Sherlock Holmes uses some of the classic Conan Doyle stories as an inspiration and puts a very modern take on them. Unfortunately Stephen Moffat seems to have the idea of ‘less can be more’ when it comes to Sherlock with there being only three feature length episodes each season.
So it is a shame that the third series will be over this January with possibly another long wait before another series materialises. Fan favourites from the previous season - Mycroft Holmes (Mark Gatiss), Mrs. Hudson (Una Stubbs) and Det. Inspector Lestrade (Rupert Graves) will all reappear this season. In addition there are two important new cast members - Mary (Amanda Abbington) who is due to marry Watson and Charles Augustus Mafgnussen (Lars Mikkelson) who has an important role in the final episode. Ian K