John, Magnussen, and Sherlock

“Who Would He Bother Protecting?” — Sherlock: His Last Vow.

Previously on Sherlock: The Sign of Three.

The answer to that — the usual. John Watson.

I recall calling The Reichenbach Fall brilliant television and a veritable rollercoaster of emotions. Then what am I to call this? Because this is even bloody better.

The facts of the case are these: Sherlock Holmes is a murderer. Continue reading →

Sherlock, John, and Mary -- and the best man's speech.

Sherlock: The Marriage of Three (follow-up).

Previously on Sherlock: The Sign of Three.

I talked a lot about how Sherlock feels in my review of the second episode of Series 3. I’ve talked about how he’s terrified of losing John to domestic bliss, but also determined to let him and Mary go if that will ensure his absolute happiness — rather than Sherlock’s own.

But there’s another dimension to this, and that’s John and Mary.
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Sherlock, John, and Mary -- and the best man's speech.

“He’s Clueing for Looks.” — Sherlock: The Sign of Three.

Previously on Sherlock: The Empty Hearse.

The producers have described this episode as the most “un-Sherlock” episode of Sherlock ever — but then, that’s not quite true. Why? Because this episode is about John and Sherlock. And that’s always been Sherlock at its best, and at its heart and core. Continue reading →

Sherlock Mini-Episode: Many Happy Returns

Leading up to a video message for John, Lestrade and Anderson discuss Sherlock — and all the clues, clever editing, and funny sort of coincidences point towards the game being very much BACK ON.

Two things that may make you cry and whimper a little at your leisure:

  • Anderson was so stricken with grief and guilt over Sherlock’s alleged suicide that he started obsessing about proving that he wasn’t dead and lost his job with the Yard.
  • What John wants from Sherlock as a birthday gift is his best friend not being dead.

Many happy returns, John. Be careful what you wish for.

Sherlock Series 3 news: UK air dates revealed

The empty hearse presenting the premiere date for Sherlock Series 3

Click the image to get to the BBC’s image gallery for the event (more pictures to follow)

The BBC have announced the UK broadcast date for the series premiere of Sherlock‘s returning 3rd series in a most extravagant and morbidly fitting fashion: by sending an empty hearse decorated with flowers through the streets of London this very morning. Images of the event were hashtagged #r3spects.

The broadcast dates run as follows:

The Empty Hearse — January 1, 2014 in the UK on BBC One, in the US January 19, 2014 on PBS Masterpiece.

The Sign of Three — January 5, 2014 in the UK on BBC One, in the US January 26, 2014 on PBS Masterpiece.

His Last Vow — January 12, 2014 in the UK on BBC One, in the US February 2, 2014 on PBS Masterpiece.

Confirmed: Sherlock Series 3 to start broadcast at Christmas

In a very roundabout way, the BBC One Twitter handle tonight also told us a little more about The Empty Hearse, strongly implying that our favourite consulting detective would return for the festive season:

It was properly confirmed this morning by the BBC One tumblr:

Our multi-award-winning drama #Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, returns for an eagerly awaited third series of three, 90-minute films this Christmas.

Sherlock Lives — the first official trailer for Series 3

So many, many questions. How is John going to react (by which I mean: how many times, exactly, is he going to punch Sherlock in the face)? Anderson, what are you doing in a room full of Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts? And just how hard is #SherlockLives going to be trending on twitter for the foreseeable future — and on the night The Empty Hearse actually airs?