Sherlock series 2 begins filming; episode names RELEASED!

BBC One's much praised, multi-award winning drama Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, begins filming on location in Cardiff and London for a second series of three 90-minute films.

The contemporary version of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic, Sherlock – co-created by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Coupling) and Mark Gatiss (The League Of Gentlemen, Doctor Who, The First Men In The Moon) – caused a sensation last summer, delivering an audience of over 8 million viewers, who tuned in to watch Sherlock and John Watson navigate a maze of cryptic clues and lethal killers in three thrilling action-packed adventures.

Benedict Cumberbatch (War Horse, Frankenstein) stars as Sherlock and is joined by Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, The Office) as Dr John Watson, Rupert Graves (Case Sensitive, Garrow's Law) as Inspector Lestrade and Una Stubbs (Worzel Gummidge, EastEnders) as Mrs Hudson.

Steven Moffat says: "The three stories will be called A Scandal In Belgravia, The Hounds Of Baskerville and The Reichenbach Fall."

Mark Gatiss reveals that when it came to sharing the writing responsibilities, Steven chose to do the twisted love story (Scandal) while he chose the Gothic horror (Baskerville) and Stephen Thompson (Silk, Doctor Who) is writing the thrilling finale (Reichenbach).

"The hotly anticipated return of BBC One's hit series Sherlock begins filming this week with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in fine form," says Ben Stephenson, Controller of Drama Commissioning.

Commissioned by Ben Stephenson, BBC Drama Commissioning, Sherlock is directed by Paul McGuigan (Monroe) whose style and inventiveness contributed to the success of the first series, and Toby Haynes (Doctor Who, Being Human).

Sue Vertue (Sherlock, Coupling) will produce A Scandal In Belgravia and The Hounds Of Baskerville and will executive produce The Reichenbach Fall which will be produced by Elaine Cameron (Jekyll). The Executive Producers are Beryl Vertue, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat. The Executive Producer for BBC Wales is Bethan Jones. It is a Hartswood Films Production for BBC Wales, co-produced with MASTERPIECE. The Executive Producer for MASTERPIECE is Rebecca Eaton.