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Sherlock Season 3 Premiere

Sherlock Season 3

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman on MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!
January 19, 26, and February 2 at 9 pm on PBS

You can’t keep a dead detective down. Seemingly six feet under at the end of the last series, Sherlock is miraculously back as the acclaimed super-sleuth played by Benedict Cumberbatch (The Fifth Estate, Star Trek Into Darkness) with Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, The Office UK) as his too-trusting sidekick, Dr. John Watson. The eagerly anticipated Sherlock Season 3 airs on MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! in three exhilarating episodes on Sundays, January 19, 26, and February 2, 2014 at 9:58pm, following the broadcast of Downton Abbey on PBS (check local listings).The series is a contemporary reinvention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic stories by creative team Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) and Mark Gatiss.

The writers, cast, and crew have been honored with a Peabody Award, a host of Primetime Emmy nominations, and many other accolades.Like viewers, critics have been insatiable. The San Francisco Chronicle wrote: “If the proof of quality is that a show leaves you craving more, Sherlock has quality to burn.” And Daily Variety implored: “…to borrow a line from another famous U.K. author, ‘Please sir, I want some more.’”Cumberbatch and Freeman are joined by co-star Amanda Abbington (Mr. Selfridge, Case Histories) as Mary Morstan, Dr. Watson’s devoted love interest. Also appearing is Lars Mikkelsen (Borgen, English title: The Killing) as the arch-villain that Sherlock calls “the most dangerous man we’ve ever encountered”—which is saying a lot!

Returning cast members include Rupert Graves (The Forsyte Saga, God on Trial) as D.I. Greg Lestrade, Sherlock's friend at Scotland Yard; Mark Gatiss (Game of Thrones) as Mycroft, aka "Mike," the sleuth's hyper-competitive older brother; Una Stubbs (Till Death Us Do Part) as Mrs. Hudson, the compulsively cheery landlady at 221B Baker Street; and Louise Brealey (Bleak House) as Molly Hooper, the ever-helpful pathologist at St. Bart's morgue.

One of the mysteries tackled during the new season is how, exactly, Sherlock effected his escape from death at the end of Season 2, when he was apparently spurred to commit suicide by the megalomaniac Moriarty. There were witnesses galore, but as depicted in the first episode, a Sherlock fan club called “The Empty Hearse” has several theories on how their hero pulled it off.

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