Latest Details on ‘Sherlock’ Season 3 Emerge as Filming Begins

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It’s been well over a year since the last episode of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ modern detective series Sherlock aired – and we still have to wait until the unspecified winter release date to see more – but fans of the show can now celebrate the fact that it has officially started filming again. Progress was stymied by the involvement of its stars – Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman – in major projects like Star Trek: Into Darkness and The Hobbit respectively, but Cumberbatch has promised that we’ll be seeing at least one more season after this one.

The show’s co-creator and actor behind Mycroft Holmes, Mark Gatiss, has already dropped a few hints as to what this new season might bring – the most notable being the reveal of the three ‘teaser words’: Rat, Wedding, Bow.

Gatiss dropped similar hints for season 2, and the three words corresponded to plot elements in each of the three episodes, so we can expect a similar set-up this time round. Two of the new episodes will be directed by Jeremy Lovering (Spooks, Vincent) and the third will be directed by Colm McCarthy, who also helmed the upcoming Doctor Who episode “The Bells of St. John“.

Bleeding Cool has rounded up some details regarding Sherlock season 3, starting with a tweet from Gatiss, who finally reveals the title of the first episode:

Exclusive! Ep 1 will be called The Empty Hearse. The game is on!

The episode title, like most of the previous ones, is a variation on the name of a story by Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle. In this case it’s The Adventure of the Empty House, which was originally published in 1903 after Doyle had faced much public outcry for killing off his beloved character in The Final Problem.







Gatiss and Moffat faced similar despair and excitement from Sherlock fans after the final episode of season 2, “The Reichenbach Fall”, concluded with Sherlock throwing himself off the roof of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital and apparently dying – only to later be seen lurking by his own graveside. It will be interesting to see the reveal on how the character pulled off his “magic trick” – somehow managing to survive a five-story fall unscathed.

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Gatiss’ tweet also included this picture of the very first slate of the new season, with a tantalising glimpse of the set reflected in it. Is that shadowy object a plot-crucial prop, or simply a studio light? Could that mysterious silhouetted figure be the outline of the famous detective himself, or simply a random grip who happened to wander into the photo? We can only hope that Gatiss keeps his finger on the social media trigger for the rest of this production block, to offer more glimpses into the long-awaited third season.

A final piece of information that has emerged is the casting of actor Tomi May in the episode, who seems like a likely candidate for the role of Moriarty’s right-hand man, Sebastian Moran. May posted an update on his Twitter page a few days ago revealing that he was on his way to rehearsals for the show.


Sherlock season 3 will air in late 2013/early 2014.

Source: Bleeding Cool

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  1. Am I the only one who, when I see the words “Sherlock” and “3″, are sadly disappointed when an in-depth look shows the article isn’t about RDJ threequel, but the BBC show!?

    • Probably, considering the BBC show is better. Don’t get me wrong, I love the movies, but, in my opinion, the show is better.

      • I’ve never watched the show before. I’d like too, I love Martin Freeman and Benedict. I understand its a BBC series, what’s the easiest way to watch in the US?

        And hopefully we’ll start hearing info on “Sherlock 3″ soon.

        • Its on Netflix. :-)

          • Sweet. I’ll check it out.

          • Season 3 isn’t on netflix!!!! I really want to see season 3… Does anyone. Know when it comes to netflix in Canada? Thanks

        • Also the movie would be Sherlock HOLMES 3 not just plain Sherlock as this is. It also says season three, and well, movies aren’t seasons.

      • Wholeheartedly agree! :-)

      • BBC show is much better than the movie, and that’s even with stephen fry playing mycroft.

    • Um, have you seen the show? If you haven’t then you wouldn’t understand why. And if you have…well that shouldn’t even be in question. >.<

      • I’m not bagging on the “Sherlock” series, simply asking a question.

    • Not to rain on your parade, but the current movie versions of Sherlock as well as the American series come across more like a spoof of the Sherlock story line than anything else. This BBC version is much more like the good old movies with Basil Rathborn as Sherlock. As well as the written original stories that I’ve read

  2. This show is a favorite of mine looking forward to season 3 so glad its finally happening feels like forever

  3. I LOVE BBC!!! Don’t know what I like better though, The Doctor, Merlin, or this……. I’m leaning torwards Doctor though mainly becuase it starts soon and I just watched the trailer. I was just like, “OMG, the doctor is SCRAED *shutters*!”

  4. Good news on season 3! Recently watched season 1 and loved it, about to watch season 2.

    • How in the world can u watch the season 3? I haven’t seen it yet?!?!?!?!

  5. how much do you want to bet that watson is gonna punch sherlock in the face when he sees him alive!

    • I’d bet a hug from Sherlock that he will.

    • Oh, I’m positive there’s gonna be a punch in the face, possibly accompanied by a loud string of swear words. I can’t help thinking about a similar situation in my own life that I thought about when I saw The Reichenbach Fall. I had a best friend when I was younger, Sherri… she and I were closer than sisters, but she died in a car accident. Losing my best friend really messed me up for a long time. When I saw that epic cliffhanger, I couldn’t help thinking about what how I would react if one day, Sherri suddenly appeared, telling me that she’d faked her death. I thought about how I’d be completely ecstatic to have my best friend back, but I would also be equally furious with her for putting me through losing and mourning my best friend, and also for not trusting me enough to let me know she wasn’t dead, no matter what the reason… and I could very easily see my reaction being, after the initial heart attack wore off, to punch her squarely in the nose. So yeah… I agree, I’m convinced that John is gonna give Sherlock a bloody nose.

  6. This is awesome to hear.
    I finally convinced my wife to watch a bit of this show as I was well into season one. She started the wrong episode and played the finale of the second season and was expecting to have another to watch. Now at least I have a bit of good news.
    I’m a big fan of this series, the movies and the Elementary. Funnily enough I’ve never been that much of a Sherlock fan in general, not that I disliked any of it, but I have really enjoyed all the recent shows.
    Another one that it is not a Sherlock show, but on film sure has elements of that type of relationship is Dirk Gently.
    Give it a whirl. Only 3 episodes, but well worth it.

  7. I’m so excited! Sherlock is by far the best television series I’ve ever seen.

  8. u n u I don’t have cable so I can only watch it on Netflix but they release it like a year after its aired so ill cry until it is on Netflix

  9. will anybody tell that what is the release date for THE EMPTY HARSE

  10. The BBC premiere of The Empty Hearse is on January 1st, 2014. PBS Masterpiece will release it for American viewers on January 14th, 2014.