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Sherlock returns in January

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Oct 23, 2013 11:36 AM

Benedict Cumberbatch (The Fifth Estate, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, The Office UK) return as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in three new 90-minute episodes of the contemporary reinvention of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle classic, created by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) and Mark Gatiss on witf.

Nearly 11 million viewers tuned into the second season of Sherlock, which ended with one of the most shocking cliffhangers in television history. Fans flocked to the internet to speculate about
Sherlock’s “demise,” and express their eagerness to find out what happens next.

Emmy® and Golden Globe®-nominated and winner of a Peabody Award, Sherlock has been a television sensation since the first season aired in 2010, with critics calling it "triumphant" (Hollywood Reporter), "crackling with imagination" (San Francisco Chronicle), and "seduction through deduction" (Los Angeles Times).

Sherlock helped make megastars of Cumberbatch and Freeman, whose portrayals of the famous crime fighting duo USA Today described as “two of the best performances you’ll see anywhere.”
As in previous seasons, titles for the three episodes are pegged to a classic Sherlock Holmes title by Arthur Conan Doyle—delightfully, wittily, and briskly updated, of course.

Sherlock Series 3 on Masterpiece Mystery will follow Downton Abbey at 10:00pm beginning January 19 on witf.

  • "The Empty Hearse" premieres Sunday, January 19.
  • "The Sign of Three" premieres Sunday, January 26.
  • "His Last Vow" premieres Sunday, February 2.

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