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Sherlock—Back from the Dead!

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Sherlock Holmes in Masterpiece Mystery's presentation of this famous detective penned by Sir Conan Doyle.
Courtesy of (C)Robert Viglasky/Hartswood Films for MASTERPIECE
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Sherlock Season 3 from Masterpiece Mystery!

Sundays, Jan. 19 & 26, and Feb. 2 at 10 p.m. on WV PBS

You can’t keep a dead detective down.

The eagerly anticipated Sherlock Season 3 airs in three exhilarating episodes on Sundays, Jan. 19, 26, and Feb. 2, following the broadcast of Downton Abbey.

The series is a contemporary reinvention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic stories. Benedict Cumberbatch (as Sherlock Holmes) and Martin Freeman (as Dr. Watson) are joined by co-star Amanda Abbington as Mary Morstan, Dr. Watson’s devoted love interest. Also appearing is Lars Mikkelsen as the arch-villain that Sherlock calls “the most dangerous man we’ve ever encountered”—which is saying a lot!

Returning cast members include Rupert Graves as D.I. Greg Lestrade, Sherlock's friend at Scotland Yard; Mark Gatiss as Mycroft, aka "Mike," the sleuth's hyper-competitive older brother; Una Stubbs as Mrs. Hudson, the compulsively cheery landlady at 221B Baker Street; and Louise Brealey as Molly Hooper, the ever-helpful pathologist at St. Bart's morgue.

One of the mysteries tackled during the new season is how, exactly, Sherlock affected his escape from death at the end of Season 2, when he was apparently spurred to commit suicide by the megalomaniac Moriarty. There were witnesses galore, but as depicted in the first episode, a Sherlock fan club called “The Empty Hearse” has several theories on how their hero pulled it off:

Jan. 19 -- "The Empty Hearse" -- Two years after Sherlock’s "death", Dr. John Watson has got on with his life. But, with London under threat of a devastating terrorist attack, Sherlock is about to stage his outrageous resurrection. But if he thinks everything will be just as he left it, he’s in for a very big surprise…

Jan. 16 -- "The Sign of Three" -- Sherlock faces his biggest challenge of all – delivering a Best Man’s speech on John’s wedding day. But all isn't quite as it seems. Mortal danger stalks the reception - and someone might not make it to the happy couple's first dance. Sherlock must thank the bridesmaids, solve the case and stop a killer.

Feb. 2: -- "His Last Vow" -- A case of stolen letters leads Sherlock Holmes into a long conflict with Charles Augustus Magnussen, the Napoleon of blackmail, and the one man he truly hates. But how do you tackle a foe who knows the personal weakness of every person of importance in the Western world?


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