Sherlock LIves, indeed…
The BBC have revealed that Sherlock Holmes will return from the dead on January 1st 2014, with the appropriately titled episode The Empty Hearse. We at FTN pretty much guessed this would be the air date from the beginning, following the series 2 debut on New Years Day 2012.
The news was confirmed in appropriate style by a funeral hearse driven through the streets of London this morning bearing the date of Sherlocks return written in flowers alongside the hashtag #SherlockLives.
Co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have kept a tight lid on exactly how he manages to outwit his arch nemesis Moriarty and recover from what appeared to be a fatal fall at the end of last series cliffhanger. But while his faithful sidekick John Watson was mourning his demise, viewers were afforded a glimpse of the detective watching over his own grave.
While many plot details are being kept tightly under wraps, we do know a new villain will be taking centre stage when the show returns with The Killing actor Lars Mikkelson confirmed to play a “terrifying” new enemy, Charles Augustus Magnussen. Trailer footage has also revealed Martin Freeman sporting a bushy moustache and My Mad Fat Diary actress Sharon Rooney heading up a group of Sherlock superfans who are sent a message revealing their hero has survived.
The return of the drama had previously been rumoured to take place on 29 December, a primetime Sunday night slot. It is not yet clear whether the second two instalments will continue running on Wednesday evenings or switch to a more desirable Sunday schedule after the New Year’s Day broadcast.