Sherlock: Series Three

Two years after the devastating events of The Reichenbach Fall, Dr John Watson has got on with his life. New horizons and romance beckon in the shape of the beautiful and smart Mary Morstan. But Sherlock Holmes is about to rise from the grave. And even though it’s what his best friend wanted more than anything, for John Watson it might well be a case of ‘be careful what you wish for!’

In three brand new adventures, Sherlock and John face baffling mystery beneath the streets of London; a wedding that’s not quite what it seems – and the arrival of the repellent and terrifying blackmailer Charles Augustus Magnussen. Who is the mysterious disappearing man? How can a Royal Guardsman bleed to death in a locked room? And what is the secret that threatens to blow apart everything the reunited friends hold dear?

Sherlock is back, but will things ever be the same again?


Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, Martin Freeman as Dr John Watson, Una Stubbs as Mrs Hudson, Rupert Graves as Detective Inspector Lestrade, Louise Brealey as Molly Hooper, Amanda Abbington as Mary Morstan

Produced by

Episodes 1&3 by Sue Vertue, episode 2 by Susie Liggat and Sue Vertue

Executive producer(s)

Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat, Beryl Vertue, Bethan Jones for BBC

Written by

Episode 1 by Mark Gatiss, episode 2 by Steve Thompson, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, episode 3 by Steven Moffat

Directed by

Episode 1 by Jeremy Lovering, episode 2 by Colm McCarthy, episode 3 by Nick Hurran



First transmitted

1st January 2014


S3 3 x 90'

Press comments

“Captivating, heart-stopping and utterly mesmerising this is one of those TV events that is, quite simply, magical, enjoy.” TV Times

The Empty Hearse couldn’t be more of a treat if it came wrapped up in tissue paper and ribbon and was delivered to each of us individually by the Red Arrows. It’s a playful, funny, exhilarating 90 minute adventure…” Radio Times

Sherlock has been a spectacular success for the BBC, and the first episode of this new series will only increase its popularity. The acting is superb, the plotting is ingenious, the humour is wry and the production values are sky high. This is a series that does what it does with consummate skill and style.” The Times 

“[The Empty Hearse] is packed with explosive sparkle, fizz and wiz and wit.” The Guardian G2

“A challenge to keep up with, a joy to watch – there’s a reason this kind of telly takes two years to make. But oh, how we’ve missed it, and oh how it was worth the wait.” Huffington Post

“Simply unmissable” The Observer 

The Sign of Three was as clever as the season opener, if not more clever, for it was shaped round and within Sherlock’s rambling best man’s speech for Watson. You might have imagined the writers were doodling. They never doodle. Beneath, the episode is as tightly sprung as a Swiss watch – or a cuckoo clock.” The Times

“It’s not often that a series captures the public’s imagination to the extent that Sherlock has, but then, it’s meticulously designed to do so. In trademark style, this final episode [His Last Vow] of the current run deftly weaves multiple plot strands, veering between humour, pathos and drama, at breakneck speed.” Daily Mail Weekend

“As for [His Last Vow], a reworking of Conan Doyle’s The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton for a privacy-obsessed digital age – I can’t be sure, but I think it was perfect.” The Guardian G2

Sherlock requires attentive viewing, but it rewards your attention tenfold. There was enough detail in this episode to justify watching it again and again, once weekly, until the series starts again.” The Independent

“Bold, budget-busting and a bit bonkers, His Last Vow felt like a real series finale… It delivered the goods, and (figuratively speaking) had them sent in a private jet. How often do you see something this grand, this impressive, this BIG on British TV?” Empire Online


Sherlock Series Three Awards


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