'Sherlock' Season 3 to Air a Bonus Mini-Episode for Christmas


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'Sherlock' fans are in for a very special treat this holiday.

Many of you have probably resigned yourselves to the fact that a certain detective and doctor won't be gracing our television screens for well over another month (a bit less if you're lucky enough to live in the U.K.). However, it looks like the crime-solving series could be coming back into our lives a little sooner than expected.

BBC One has confirmed that a special, bonus "mini-episode" of the Benedict Cumberbatch/Martin Freeman-centered detective drama will air just in time for Christmas Day on Dec. 25. Now THAT is what we call a true Christmas miracle!

Titled, "Many Happy Returns," the episode will serve as a sort of prequel to the upcoming third installment and pick up two years after Sherlock's climactic fall during the Season 2 finale. The official snyopsis reads as follows: “Sherlock has been gone for 2 years. But someone isn’t quite convinced that he’s dead…”

As for who that certain "someone" could be, remains up to us viewers to try and deduce. Perhaps Watson is still in denial over his dear friend's passing. Or maybe Mycroft, with all his government connections, has picked up a hint of his brother's whereabouts. Who knows — maybe it's someone we haven't heard from in a while like Irene Adler.

The possibilities are endless. But given how little we know about this surprising new episode, it's hard to even know for sure if Cumberbatch or Freeman will even be making an appearance. (The two actors are a little busy these days with a certain Hobbit franchise.) Fingers crossed that they at least make a few cameos. Either way, we'll take any extra form of 'Sherlock' we can get!

BBC One is making the mini-episode available online and via its Red Button service. Meanwhile, PBS — which airs the series in the United States — has yet to release any additional information regarding an American release. But as long as you have a properly working computer and Internet provider, you should be able to get your hands on it.

Are you excited to see this special Christmas episode? Can you believe this is actually happening? How much are you freaking out right now? Sound off on your thoughts in the comments below and let the speculation begin!

'Sherlock' Season 3 premieres on Jan. 1 in the U.K. with episodes beginning Jan. 19 in the U.S.

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Written by: Kelly_Schremph
Dec 3rd, 2013, 1:54 pm

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Message Posted On Dec 4th, 2013, 2:49 pm
I can't wait but in America some say that you have to wait abit for the british shows but in the UK we have to wait a good six months to a full year before any of the american shows come back to us which really annoys me so right now i would love to be in America ... Anyway Cant wait for sherlock love the show xx

Message Posted On Dec 3rd, 2013, 7:47 pm
"a delay of this long doesn't build suspense it starts building resentment and then apathy about what comes next." Sure, Doctor Who had a delay of decades as did Red Dwarf. Doc Martin was over a year. IT Crowd had overly long lapses. Never felt any resentment nor apathy toward them. Just glad to see them return.

Message Posted On Dec 3rd, 2013, 4:29 pm
As much a I really love the show and what Cumberbatch brings to the Sherlock character, a delay of this long doesn't build suspense it starts building resentment and then apathy about what comes next. I'll watch it of course because I'm a die-hard fan of Sherlock Holmes but I think the producers of Sherlock may have missed the ship with keeping people excited about the show. Throwing in an appetizer around Christmas (taking a queue from Doctor Who maybe?) doesn't really make up for the delays. When Elementary came on I considered it a 2nd rate Sherlock that would help fill the void while waiting for the real thing. However, those characters have grown in their roles while there is no telling if the Sherlock we'll see now is still as edgy and exciting as they were a couple years ago. Or, because of the long delay, are we going to be seeing the diluted version of a character who's been away from the role too long. Only time will tell...
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