Monday 9 December 2013

Sherlock: Series 3 Launch Trailer - BBC One/ BBC1 on 1 January 2014.

After two years, Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock is back from the dead – but, as this brand new footage shows, he faces questions from his friends

"I don't care how you faked it. I wanna know why."

Forget the teaser: a full trailer for Sherlock, which will air on BBC1 on 1 January 2014, has been released, showing new footage from the show's third series. A terrorist attack on London appears imminent and of course there's only one man who can prevent it. Here, we see Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock returning to life after two years of being presumed dead. But how will his loved ones take the news?

Are you looking forward to the new series of Sherlock? And just how did he fake it? Leave your thoughts below.

Sherlock Season 3: We try to answer 10 questions about the hit BBC show

Following the trailer for Sherlock Season 3, we try to answer 10 questions we have about the show – from how Sherlock survived to how Watson will react...

After the latest trailer for Sherlock Season 3 was shown on BBC at the weekend anticipation is building for the next installment. So, we have decided to try and collate what we know about the new season and what we think might happen.

We know Sherlock will survive the fall, otherwise there could not be a season 3 –  finally we get to find out how. Plus we have two new characters that will feature in Sherlock season 3 – Mary Motsan and Charles Augustus Magnussen.

After the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode a trailer was shown for Sherlock Series 3 that showed John Watson seemingly seeing Sherlock Holmes for the first time and then fans of the famous sleuth receiving tweets that he was alive, with the signature theme music and messages appearing on screen, such as #sherlocklives, #SherlockIsNotDead and #SherlockHolmesAlive.

So, as we wait, somewhat impatiently, here is what we know, and think we know, about Sherlock season 3...

1. How did he survive the fall?

There has been plenty of speculation as to how Sherlock tricked everyone, including his best friend John Watson, into believing he was dead. Now at last we will get to find out.

Benedict Cumberbatch did tease in an online interview on Reddit: "Haven't you seen winged suits on YouTube?? I told you I was into skydiving. How many more clues do you need people?". Meanwhile, other online speculation has ranged from Watson been gassed by the toxin from the The Hounds of Baskerville episode to him landing in a rubbish truck. But what role did the cyclist play?

OUR VERDICT: We're scratching our heads but reckon the cyclist and rubbish truck were involved.

2. How will Watson react to Sherlock being alive?

In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, Watson faints and then is overjoyed to see his friend but Sherlock writer Mark Gatiss said, in an interview with the Radio Times: "I always found it a little unlikely that Dr Watson's only reaction was to faint... as opposed to possibly a stream of terrible swear words."

OUR VERDICT: We expect a very fast five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. The anger stage may involve Sherlock receiving a punch.

3. Will Irene Adler reappear?

Although Irene Adler only actually appeared in one story from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (A Scandal in Bohemia), and so far only appeared in one episode of Sherlock (A Scandal in Belgravia) there is speculation she may make a return to the show.

Lara Pulver, who portrayed Adler in season two of the show, told the Radio Times in April that "As far as I know, I’m not going to be a part of series three". But in September she sparked rumours of her return in another interview with the magazine when she said: “I don’t think I said you wouldn’t be seeing me. I said there are other key characters they’re introducing."

OUR VERDICT: The chemistry between the two was electric, so we believe she will appear again. Perhaps at the end of the season, leading to a bigger role in season 4?

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