Sherlock

‘Sherlock’ Plus ‘Downton Abbey’ Equals the Best Sunday Nights Ever in 2014

Basically, we’re all counting down to the New Year not because we want to celebrate turning over a new calendar page or anything, but because crossing into 2014 means that two of the most (if not absolute most) highly anticipated pieces of British television will be just days away from airing. Megahits Downton Abbey and Sherlock are both set to return to US television screens this January, airing back-to-back on Sunday nights, and fans everywhere are basically beside themselves with excitement.

PBS has put together a special promo touting the fact that Sunday nights in January are about to become a Very Big Deal with the back-to-back airings of two of the networks biggest hits to date. The new spot features snippets from both shows – sadly, predominantly from earlier seasons – along a similar theme that looks to the future.

Watch the new double-feature promo for yourselves below – and start getting excited for Sunday nights!

Sherlock Meets the Doctor in This Amazing Fan-Made Mash-Up Video You’ll Wish Was Real

Surprisingly, there tends to be quite a bit of overlap between the sorts of fans who are die-hard supporters of iconic sci-fi series Doctor Who and those who are equally obsessed with crime drama Sherlock. Or maybe it’s not really that surprising, considering that both shows currently involve Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss behind the scenes, boast many extremely talented and popular British actors on their payrolls, and frequently feature twisty plots or brutal cliffhangers.

This phenomenon has spawned a whole fannish subculture, called “Wholock” which imagines what would happen in the worlds of these two shows managed to have some kind of crossover, even if it were only of the wink-wink-nudge-nudge in-joke variety. Which would then undoubtedly cause the entire internet to break down under the weight of so much geek joy. We all know it’s unlikely, but it’s nice to dream, right?

Prepare Your Emotions: A Full 'Sherlock' Series 3 Trailer is Here

So, remember what I was saying earlier about a positive avalanche of new Sherlock material emerging over the past couple of weeks, by way of apology for making us all wait two years for Series 3? Well, the most awesome bit of all may have arrived at last. (And it’s so awesome, I’m breaking my own personal rule about posting on the blog twice in a row about the same subject. I expect you’ll all forgive me.)

Yes, an actual full minute long trailer for Series 3 premiere The Empty Hearse is here, and it’s amazing. There’s actual dialogue, and footage, and a fairly big emotional punch in the gut at the same time.

LOOK: Photos from ‘Sherlock’ Series 3 Premiere ‘The Empty Hearse’

Well, it would seem that when your fanbase has to wait two years for new material, it’s pretty much right and proper to provide them with a ton of it when you have the chance.

This seems to be the philosophy being adopting regarding the new series of everyone’s favorite mystery drama Sherlock, which (FINALLY) returns to our television screens next month in both the UK (January 1) and US (January 19). There have already been a ridiculous amount of new extras in the past couple weeks, including a hearse-related promotional announcement, new behind the scenes pictures, a new teaser trailer, and the announcement of a holiday prequel mini-episode. But, now it’s time to really steel your nerves. With the premiere(s) inching ever closer, there’s been a positive flood of promotional photos from a variety of sources over the past several days, and it’s possible you’re going to need to sit down for a minute.

But we’re okay with it. Really we are. We promise.

Click through for a long-awaited look at the new season that includes pretty much every major cast member – including Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Rupert Graves, Una Stubbs and Louise Brealey – as well as a new face you might recognize.

An Awesome Present: 'Sherlock' Christmas Mini-Episode to Arrive December 25

Looks like Santa is bringing Sherlock fans something special this year!

While the hotly anticipated third series of the mega-popular crime drama doesn’t air until the new year (January 1 in the UK, January 19 in America), the BBC has announced that a special Christmas mini-episode will be screened on its Red Button interactive platform this December. The new segment will be called Many Happy Returns and will go live on Christmas Day.

See Two More ‘Sherlock’ Behind the Scenes Pictures From Series 3

Two new images from Sherlock Series 3 filming have been released by the BBC and while – yet again – they don’t show any actual episodic shots that are clear enough to figure out what’s going on, they’re still quite lovely to look at. (These have apparently been out for a week or so, but what with all the other Sherlock news of late, seem to have passed under our radar. Apologies!)

The behind-the-scenes pictures show stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman filming the upcoming third season and show various dramatic expressions worn by Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.

I think we’re all assuming these two must be from sometime near or around filming of the Holmes/Watson reunion and subsequent fall-out, right? Everyone looks so angsty! Freeman’s expression here is particularly amazing. That better be in an episode.

See the new shots for yourselves below, courtesy of the BBC.

The BBC Announces ‘Sherlock’ Series 3 UK Premiere Dates in Grand Fashion

Talk about coming back in style.

In a move packed with so much dramatic flourish that we can only assume the consulting detective himself would approve, the BBC announced that the highly anticipated third series of Sherlock would begin on January 1, 2014 in the UK. And they did so by having an actual hearse drive around London’s several notable Sherlock-related landmarks with the premiere date emblazoned in tribute wreaths.

Yes, really.

It’s pretty fitting, actually, given that Series 2 finale The Reichenbach Fall ended with Sherlock Holmes presumed dead (though it seems like everyone but poor John Watson knows that’s not exactly true) and that Series 3 will begin with an episode entitled The Empty Hearse. Whether this particular promotional hearse is the same as the one we all presume will show up in that episode at some point, is anyone’s guess.

The premiere date hearse, sporting a hashtag in the window that read #SherlockLives, made the circuit of important Sherlock filming locations in London, including St. Bart’s hospital and the North Gower Street address that houses both the actual Speedy’s Café and the building that stands in for the exterior of Sherlock and John’s Baker Street flat.

Get a look for yourselves below.

It's That Time of Year Again: Things We Are Thankful For 2013 Edition

Happy Thanksgiving, Telly Visions readers! Thanksgiving is one of the few quintessentially American things we acknowledge here around the blog, but it seems important to take the opportunity to say THANK YOU as loudly and as often as possible, so here we are. We like to do this every year, because, well. Sometimes it needs saying.

Thank you for reading and commenting and liking and tweeting and basically being willing to enable my otherwise embarrassing obsessions with British television generally and Benedict Cumberbatch specifically.

Thank you for watching some really great programming with us and for being so smart and thoughtful in your discussion of it. Thank you for loving so much of the same stuff that those of us around here do – isn’t it nice to feel part of a group?

Mostly, thank you for being here and just for being generally awesome people. We’ve got big plans for 2014, so stick around.

As is now a Telly Visions tradition, here is what I’m thankful for this year, in list form.

Sherlock Lives: A New 'Sherlock' Series 3 Teaser Trailer is Here

Just in case your emotions weren’t already in hyper-meltdown thanks to the Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebration and all its assorted wonders this weekend, there’s also a bit of good news to share with the long-suffering fans of mystery series Sherlock, who have been suffering through their own Great Hiatus the past..well, quite long while.

A brand new teaser trailer for the massively anticipated third series is here and while it’s another clip that’s barely thirty seconds long, it’s still more than enough to leave fans everywhere aggressively drawing circles around January 19 on their calendars. (If you didn’t remember, that’s when Series 3 premieres in the US. Start preparing your emotions now.)

Watch for yourselves below.

‘Sherlock’ Composers Promise Epic, Tear-Filled Series 3

Well, there’s nothing like setting the bar high out of the gate, right?

Sherlock composer Michael Price, along with his partner in crime David Arnold have been putting the finishing touches on the music for the drama’s highly-anticipated third season, and they’re promising fans an intense ride – at least musically, if nothing else.

Via Twitter, Price has stated that Series 3 will not only contain more strings than ever before, but also more “epicness” and more tears along with it. Probably best to start preparing yourselves now.

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