First official image from Sherlock series 3

News Louisa Mellor
5 Nov 2013 - 07:15

Watson is deep in thought and Holmes looks in from the cold in this first official image from Sherlock's third series...

Sherlock's creators know that, thanks to their talented actors, the relationship between Watson and Holmes has become integral to the success of the series, and it's just that relationship that's being teased in this first official picture from the third run. 

As a moustache-less Watson nurses a coffee, alone, Sherlock looks in from the cold. Is he really there, or a figment of John's imagination? No matter how deep a grief-fug one was in, it'd be hard to miss six feet of elegantly-coat-wrapped cheekboned genius looming in at you. We know John's not the detective, but give him credit...

 Here's what Steven Moffat had to say about the forthcoming new series, still expected (but not confirmed) to start on January the 1st in the UK: “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.”

Mark Gatiss adds, "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."

Here's the official bumpf from the BBC: "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 in the first episode of the new series, The Empty Hearse written by Mark Gatiss."

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