Full Sherlock series 3 UK air dates revealedBookmark and Share

Friday, 29 November 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
The new series of Sherlock will start in the UK on Wednesday 1st January - with the first and second episodes being shown inside a week, it was announced today.

As a publicity stunt, a hearse was driven around London this morning via location filming sites, with the BBC One show's title and date of broadcast of the first episode - entitled The Empty Hearse - spelled out in flowers.

Producer Sue Vertue started the ball rolling yesterday evening with the following tweet, alerting fans to the fact that something was going to happen:


The BBC subsequently confirmed to website Sherlockology that episode 2 - The Sign of Three - will go out on Sunday 5th January, just four days after the first one, with the third and final episode, His Last Vow, airing on Sunday 12th January. The broadcast times of all three are yet to be confirmed.

A sell-out preview screening of The Empty Hearse is to be held at the BFI on Sunday 15th December.

The series will start in the USA on Sunday 19th January on PBS at 10pm ET.

UPDATE - WEDNESDAY 4th DECEMBER: The first episode will air in the UK from 9pm to 10.25pm.
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 . . .




New Sherlock series 3 trailer releasedBookmark and Share

Monday, 25 November 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
A new teaser trailer for the third series of Sherlock has been uploaded by the BBC for general viewing.

It initially aired on BBC One on Saturday immediately after The Day of the Doctor, the 50th-anniversary episode of Doctor Who, and has now been posted on both the BBC's YouTube channel and the programme's official website.


This is the second teaser so far for the forthcoming series, with the first one being released in August.

A date for the start of the third series in the UK is yet to be announced, although a sell-out preview screening of the first episode - The Empty Hearse - will take place at the BFI on Sunday 15th December. The new series will start in the USA on Sunday 19th January at 10pm ET on PBS.




Pythons to reunite on stageBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
The surviving members of Monty Python's Flying Circus are to reunite on stage.

Terry Jones, one of the iconic group of comedians, told the BBC:
We're getting together and putting on a show - it's real. I'm quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!
His announcement ended speculation following tweets by fellow Python Eric Idle yesterday and today in which he said:


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It is understood that John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam will join Jones and Idle for the press conference, which is expected to be held at The Playhouse Theatre in London, where the hit stage show Spamalot is playing.

The sixth member of the comedy group, Graham Chapman, died of cancer in October 1989.

The five surviving Pythons last appeared together at the 1998 Aspen Comedy Festival.

The comedy group started life as a BBC television sketch show that ran for four series between 1969 and 1974, spawning five films as well as various books and albums, and proved to be a massive influence on comedy.

UPDATE - FRIDAY 22nd NOVEMBER: The show will take place at the O2 Arena in London on Tuesday 1st July 2014, and will see the team performing some of their best-known sketches "with modern and topical Pythonesque twists", as well as new material. Tickets go on sale on Monday 25th November from 10am, with prices starting at £27.50 and going up to £95 (plus fees). More details are available via this link. The performance will be filmed and released commercially.




Sherlock Series 3: The first official pictureBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 5 November 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
The first official picture from the third series of Sherlock was released today by the BBC.

Taken by Robert Viglasky, it shows Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character and Martin Freeman as his flatmate, friend, and colleague Dr John Watson.

The BBC One show's start date in the UK is yet to be confirmed, but in a press release the BBC said:
The question on everyone's lips will finally be answered when Sherlock returns with three brand-new action-packed adventures. How did he do it? And how will John take the news that his best friend faked his own death? What will Sherlock think when he finds out John has fallen in love with Mary Morstan? She's sensible, quick-witted, and not at all taken in by Sherlock's posturing. Once again, the game is on for Sherlock and John.
Speaking about the return of the series, executive producer, writer, and co-creator Steven Moffat said:
It's been a long time since Sherlock Holmes jumped off that roof - it's time to reveal the truth about what happened between him and the pavement.
Fellow executive producer, writer, and co-creator Mark Gatiss, who has written the first episode The Empty Hearse, added:
Sherlock and John Watson are back at last! And they're just where we want them - on the streets of London having mad, thrilling adventures.


As previously reported, series 3 will start in the USA on Sunday 19th January as part of PBS's Masterpiece strand.

Sherlock is inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It has been made by Hartswood Films, with Sue Vertue as the producer. The executive producers are Beryl Vertue, Gatiss, and Moffat for Hartswood Films, Bethan Jones for the BBC, and Rebecca Eaton for Masterpiece. The drama was commissioned by Danny Cohen, former controller of BBC One (now director of BBC Television), and Ben Stephenson, the BBC's controller of drama commissioning.

UPDATE - 3.48pm: The BFI will be holding an exclusive preview screening of the first episode, followed by a question-and-answer session with cast and crew members, on Sunday 15th December at 1pm. Tickets go on sale to members tomorrow at 11.30am, with public booking opening on Tuesday 12th November from 11.30am. More details via this link.