Sherlock Series 3

'Sherlock’s' Series 3 Villain Revealed

Filming on the final episode of Sherlock Series 3 is officially under way this week and, subsequently, tantalizing bits of new information about the upcoming season have started to surface. With the departure of Andrew Scott’s nefarious Moriarty after the, um, rather dramatic events of the Series 2 finale, everyone’s been waiting to see who Sherlock Holmes’ next great nemesis might turn out to be. There are several intriguing bad guys littered throughout Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works who, while not necessarily as well known as Moriarty, would nevertheless be fun to see face off against Sherlock and John. And now we know – Lars Mikkelsen has officially joined the Series 3 cast as new villain Charles Augustus Magnussen.

Fans might recognize Mikkelsen from his work on the original Danish version of The Killing (called Forbrydelsen) and it turns out he’s the real-life older brother of another TV bad guy you might be familiar with – Mads Mikkelsen, who is currently starring as Dr. Hannibal Lecter on NBC’s Hannibal. (Just imagine the potential crossovers now...)

But what does this casting mean? Let’s talk about it.

Sherlock Update: Comic Con Panel, Cast Messages and An Episode 3 Title

Note: Yes, I am back from the wonderful world of San Diego! Let me know what I missed while I was gone.

One of the highlights of Comic Con International this year was the first ever panel for super popular mystery series Sherlock – in what, incidentally, was also PBS’s first appearance at the forty-some-year-old convention. The Sherlock panel was – next to perhaps only the 20th anniversary celebration for The X-Files – the convention’s most popular panel that Thursday, with many fans reporting that they camped out for twelve hours or more for a chance to be in the room and see this event.

The panel was moderated by Entertainment Weekly writer James Hibberd, and featured co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, as well as producer Sue Vertue. Moffat, Gatiss and Vertue spent an hour regaling fans with set stories, discussing Series 3 and taking question from the audience. Want some highlights and a clip or two? Read on.

Sherlock is Going to Comic-Con; US Premiere of Series 3 Set for 2014

It’s official – PBS will take its first ever trip to San Diego Comic-Con International in a couple of weeks. Popular series Sherlock will host its first panel at the gigantic fan convention, and fans everywhere are already hoping that we’ll finally get some real information about the its highly anticipated third season.

The panel will include co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, along with producer Sue Vertue, and will be hosted by Entertainment Weekly writer James Hibberd. Sadly, neither Benedict Cumberbatch nor Martin Freeman will be in attendance, what with both of them working on other projects during the ten week break from filming on Sherlock Series 3.

While we’ll all obviously miss seeing Cumberbatch and Freeman (you can already hear the fangirl wails from San Diego), it should be still be very exciting to (finally) hear a bit about Series 3 straight from the proverbial horses’ mouths. And, if we’re very lucky, maybe we’ll get a peek at some new footage? Two of the three new episodes are finished filming after all.

Sherlock Series 3: Filming Wraps on Episode 2, Airdate Rumors Debunked

Well, it’s official: Filming on the second episode of the highly anticipated third series of Sherlock wrapped this week, according to co-creator Mark Gatiss. Good news: We’re two-thirds of the way to done! Bad news: Production is about to take a two month hiatus to accommodate the busy schedules of leads Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, who have a bunch of movies to make. They’ll reconvene to shoot Episode 3 – whatever it’s going to be called – later this summer. Welcome back to the waiting game, gang!

Gatiss also took to Twitter to clarify that all the rumors surrounding a potential airdate for Series 3 are just that – rumors. “Incidentally, anything online about transmission dates etc is entirely bogus. Nothing will be decided for months yet,” he wrote. (Oh, and he also shared that rather artistic – and teasingly lit – photo of Cumberbatch you see to your right.)

So, there we have it – official confirmation that none of the wild speculation – and sometime outright declaration – that Series 3 would premiere in whatever XX timeframe are all false. The internet has been abuzz with constant chatter on this topic ever since filming started, since pretty much everyone is dying to see the world’s only consulting detective back on our screens as soon as possible. There have been supposedly confirmed reports touting UK airdates in August, September, and November making the rounds for months, even though none of these claims were sourced from anyone who might actually know something about the situation.

But, when might we actually expect to see the third series actually air? Of course, the answer is that this depends. Putting our best deductive earhats hats on, let us consider the facts.

Sherlock Series 3 Update: Filming Begins on Episode 2

Time for another update for us Sherlock fans who are currently existing on the crumbs of information slowly being revealed as filming continues on the drama’s highly-anticipated third series. Production on the second episode of Series 3, called The Sign of Three, began this morning, and, naturally, we're all excited about it.

Dun dun dunnnn! Of course, just because filming is now officially under way doesn’t mean we know anything more concrete about this episode than we did last week. But, thanks to the magic of social media, we’re gotten enough new tidbits to get the wheels of speculation turning properly.

Here’s what we do know.

Sherlock Series 3: And The Second Episode Is…

News about the highly anticipated third series of Sherlock has started coming fast and furious now that production has finally kicked off on the new episodes. Yesterday, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss officially revealed the title for the second episode of the series it is [drumroll, please] The Sign of Three.

Steve Thompson – of “Yes, I’ll Be Stomping All Over Your Heart Now” Reichenbach Fall fame – will be penning the second episode. The first episode has already been revealed as The Empty Hearse and is written by Gatiss. (This of course leaves Moffat as the writer for the third season finale so probably you just ought to start stocking up on tissues now as a precautionary measure.)

The Sign of Three continues the Moffat/Gatiss tradition of referencing classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories from the Sherlock Holmes canon in (most of) their episode names. In this particular episode, it looks like we’re redoing the novel The Sign of Four, which involves, among other things, a missing father, secret criminal pacts, corrupt prison guards, and the introduction of Holmes’ drug habit. How this episode fits in to the “three words” that producers teased as alleged clues to Series 3’s content is anyone’s guess.

Let’s engage in some wild speculation, shall we?

Sherlock Series 3: First Guest Star Revealed and More

Thanks to the official start of filming on the long-awaited third series of Sherlock, we’re finally getting some real information about what the new episodes of the drama might hold in store for fans. We already know that the first episode of Series 3 will be called The Empty Hearse and will feature (at least in part) some sort of take on the How-Sherlock-Holmes-Comes-Back-From-the-Dead plot from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Empty House.

Now with the advent of the series first bit of public shooting this week, further details about the new episodes have started to surface and a few filming photos have started to appear. (This is all going under the jump to protect anyone who’s trying not to find out anything about the new season before it airs, but other than official casting news, it’s spoiler free.)

Sherlock Series 3: First Episode Title Revealed!

As previously mentioned, after what feels like a waiting period of basically my entire life, filming has officially begun on the highly anticipated third series of Sherlock. And now, straight from the horse’s mouth – or rather, from its computer, thanks to the Twitter account of co-creator Mark Gatiss – we know the official name of the first episode of the new season.

[Insert drumroll and fanfare here.]

Sherlock Series 3 Starts Filming Today: Take a Tour of 221b Baker Street

Fans have been waiting for this day for so long, it probably ought to be some sort of official international holiday, but at last, it is finally here – filming on the highly anticipated third series of Sherlock begins today.

Set designer Arwel Wyn Jones has been tweeting up a storm during the past few weeks of pre-production and has recently shared what is possibly his best behind-the-scenes photo yet. With filming imminent, Wyn Jones has tweeted a pretty fantastic complete panoramic view of the full set for the 221b Baker Street flat, all dressed and fancy and up close and personal.

Benedict Cumberbatch Confirms Sherlock Series 4!

Congrats to everyone for surviving the horrifying ten month wait with little-to-no Sherlock news to speak of whatsoever, because apparently we have reached the promised land and the floodgates of Series 3 information have opened. Following the announcement of the official start of production on Series 3 and first episode read-through yesterday, there’s actually even better news to share. (Yes, really.)

[Normally I feel a bit bad about doing two posts on the blog in a row about the same topic, but since this news really is pretty exceptionally awesome, I hope everyone will forgive me.]

 

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