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“Sherlock” Series 3 Release Dates and Synopsis

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Sherlock Holmes and John Watson return for another installment of Sherlock, the hit detective show enjoyed by Britishers, American Anglophiles, and “Cumberbitches” alike.

Sherlock will premiere January 1, 2014 on BBC One and January 19, 2014 on PBS with “The Empty Hearse.” The second and third episodes, titled “The Sign of Three” and “His Last Vow,” will air on January 5th and January 12th on BBC One. If you recall, series 2 ended with Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) falling to his supposed death and Watson (Martin Freeman) standing over his grave. Of course, unbeknownst to Watson, the last few minutes revealed that Sherlock was very much alive.

Here’s the synopsis for the first episode:

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…

Co-creator Mark Gatiss, who also plays Sherlock’s brother Mycroft, tweeted: