Two much beloved shows are returning in January after respective shocking finales, as PBS has announced premiere dates for ‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘Sherlock.’
While viewers in the U.K. have already begun enjoying the fourth season of ‘Downton Abbey,’ which aired in September, American audiences (those who haven’t found their fix in the seedier corners on the Internet), will get a chance to return to the aristocratic drama on Jan. 5 on PBS.
The Season 3 finale of the increasingly popular British series was met with shock, worry and criticism. A tragic turn, one that took place during the year-end holiday season, left some fans adrift and dismayed. It was such a shock that the response, especially from critics, forced creator Julian Fellowes to defend the surprising developments.
Just two weeks later, the third season of ‘Sherlock’ will return to PBS after nearly a two year absence. A trio of new 90-minute episodes, “The Empty Heart,” “The Sign of Three,” and “His Last Vow,” will play across three weeks starting on Jan. 19. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, both of whom have found their way to the big screen numerous times across the last year, return as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, respectively.
The witty and stylish mystery series also left off with a major cliffhanger, as the fate of its titular character was uncertain. Unlike ‘Downton Abbey,’ whose time between seasons was much shorter, it is fans all across the globe and not just in the United States that are eagerly awaiting the new season of ‘Sherlock.’