‘Sherlock’ Season 3, ‘Musketeers’ & More Previewed in New BBC Teasers

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The BBC has not exactly been generous so far with promotional material for Sherlock season 3, perhaps out of an awareness that the show already has a very strong fanbase that has spent almost two years in anticipation of a follow-up to the season 2 cliffhanger. So far we’ve seen a 30-second teaser for Sherlock Holmes’ (Benedict Cumberbatch) reunion with the various characters in the show, including a newly-mustachioed John Watson (Martin Freeman), but no official air date for the episode has yet been announced.

Sherlock season 3 has just finished filming, according to a tweet from writer and star Mark Gatiss, and the first new episode is expected to air this fall. Sherlock isn’t the only show in the BBC’s fall line-up, however, and the broadcaster has now released a promotional trailer to showcase series – both new and continuing – that will be airing on BBC One in the coming  months.

The promo features a few short clips from the Sherlock teaser that was previously released, but also unveils the first piece of spoken dialogue from season 3. Amidst a montage of appropriate clips, Sherlock is seen apparently trying to spur John into action with the words, “The thrill of the chase, the blood pumping through your veins – just the two of us against the rest of the world.” It’s out of context, of course, but is most likely part of what will no doubt be a tricky campaign to earn John’s forgiveness for the faked death scenario and get the team back to the old status quo.

That may be easier said than done, since Amanda Abbington has joined the cast this season as Mary Morstan, whom John married in the Arthur Conan Doyle stories before subsequently moving out of the 221B Baker Street bachelor pad, which also serves as a headquarters for Sherlock’s sleuthing. If the episode titles are anything to go by, we may be hearing wedding bells for John and Mary before Sherlock season 3 is finished.

David Tennant in The Escape Artist Sherlock Season 3, Musketeers & More Previewed in New BBC Teasers

Also featured in the promo is The Musketeers, a new series based on Alexander Dumas’ novel; miniseries The Great Train Robbery; murder-mystery What Remains and crime drama By Any Means. Gabriel Byrne will star as a chief pathologist working in a Dublin morgue in 1950s period drama Quirke, and Matthew Macfadyen returns for a second season of 19th century police procedural Ripper Street.

Clips from Doctor Who were notably absent (perhaps because the show is classed as sci-fi rather than pure drama), but fans of the Tenth Doctor should keep an eye out for David Tennant playing a brilliant junior barrister who becomes embroiled in a nasty murder case, in three-episode miniseries The Escape Artist. Tennant is also returning to Doctor Who in the upcoming 50th Anniversary Special, along with Billie Piper as Rose, the first companion of the rebooted series. You can also spot soon-to-be Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, playing Cardinal Richelieu in one of the clips from The Musketeers.

This really is a great teaser, accompanied by Sigur Rós track “Brennisteinn”, and many of the shows on offer look like worthy additions to the fall and winter line-up. Hopefully at least some of them will be aired in the US for overseas audiences to appreciate as well, so tell us which of the shows featured in the promo you’d most be interested in watching.


Sherlock season 3 is expected to air on BBC One starting in late 2013, and on PBS some time in 2014.

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  1. If I’m remembering correctly it wasn’t until late spring / early summer that season 2 of Sherlock aired here in the U.S. and I hope we don’t have to wait that long again.

    • First series aired in 2010 in the UK and then 2012 for the second because there was mass rioting in London that delayed production. The wait shouldn’t be so severe this time.

  2. Dang, Tennant looks so old!
    Not a big ‘Sherlock’ fan (at all), but I gotta say, even I’m excited to see season 3.

  3. Cant wait for series 3! I hope we get a longer trailer in the coming weeks now that they are finished filming. And hopefully we get a confirmed airdate soon but i think i read somewhere that they dont set a airdate until they are done editing. so since they just finished filming, that might be a while.

    As for doctor who, im sure ive seen DW clips in these BBC Drama previews before, so funny there werent any with this one.

  4. This news of Season 3 actually got my mind thinking:

    Are they going to leave the Guy Ritchie universe as is or end it with a 3rd movie? I could see why it would end there, but I’d like to see Jude Law and RDJ back as Watson and Holmes just one more time :)

    • As far as I know, they are still planning on a third. A while back i heard they had someone writing the script and i think earlier this year Jude Law said that filming could start sometime in 2014. but that was a while ago and i havent heard any official news in a while so who knows. because yeah, i would love to see a Sherlock Holmes 3. Hopefully to end the franchise on a better note then Game of Shadows did. I liked the second one, but the first was WAY better.

      Between the movies, Sherlock, and Elementary its a good time to be a Sherlock Holmes fan. Well depending on how you feel about Elementary. As a Sherlock Holmes fan that series makes me mad but i still enjoy it and will watch it again once season 2 starts.

      • “Game of Shadows” was entertaining, but I do agree the 1st film captured the detective element a lot better than GOS did.

        However, as I recall, “The Final Problem” was a very different Holmes story and that it was a more “on the run” type of reading rather than the traditional Watson and Holmes you see in Doyle’s other stories.

        That being said, I would love the 3rd film to return to the roots of the 1st film as I like the traditional Doyle atmosphere much more than any other adaption of Sherlock Holmes, which Guy Ritchie hit the nail dead on the head at in the 1st film (and the last half hour of GOS).

        • Couldn’t have said it better myself!

          And yes, they are working on a third one. I have no idea how they’re going to get everyone’s schedules to line up: RDJ being RDJ, Ritchie having quite a few projects lined up for the next few years and Jude Law, well… appearing in more period dramas, I guess? :/

          In any case, SH3 is being written. Hopefully there’ll be many more installments in that franchise.

  5. Man I can’t wait to see how they explain the end of season two of Sherlock.

    Also,I know that it’s common for British TV to have short seasons compared to US shows,but I REALLY wish that Sherlock was more than three episodes per.I think 5-6 would be perfect.

    • If you break it down into half-hour sessions then each season can be 9 episodes long. ;-)

      • I would rather have them as six,one hour episodes.

  6. Am down for anything Three Musketeers but definitely looking forward to the second season of Ripper Street. If you haven’t checked out the first season, do so.