10:08 pm - 12/15/2013

Sherlock's top secret mystery survival finally revealed

It has been a mystery worthy of the sleuth and finally, after two years of waiting, the secret of how Sherlock survived his rooftop plunge was revealed at a preview screening of the BBC1 drama's eagerly-awaited return.

Its stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, were guests of honour at the event on Sunday, where co-creator Steven Moffat pleaded with the 500 strong audience not to give anything away to the more than 10 million viewers who are expected to watch its return on New Year's Day.

Like everything else in the supersleuth's life, it's complicated. The first episode of the third series is its funniest to date, making light of Holmes' much-discussed return from the dead and his relationship with sidekick, Watson.

"I was wondering at the end, gosh I don't know if I even know," said Cumberbatch of how Holmes managed to fake his rooftop suicide.

Mark Gatiss, who co-created Sherlock with Moffat and wrote the third series' opening episode, The Empty Hearse, said: "We knew right from the start how we were going to do it. But we had no idea it was going to take on the epic proportions that it has. By the time it came round to do it we had to address the fact it had become so huge. People were expecting something mystical to happen, [like] the Tardis."

The preview audience, made up largely of fans of the show, whooped and hollered at its return, a Hollywood-style response which was entirely appropriate given the stellar movie careers of Cumberbatch (who starred in Star Trek sequel Into Darkness) and Freeman (The Hobbit) since it was last on BBC1 two years ago.

The show's executive producer Beryl Vertue said the humour in the new episode reflected "how Sherlock and Watson are such good friends. It's their way of dealing with a really tough situation".

She added: "We have always felt confident about the show and now we have ended up with these two huge film stars. I know people go on about the BBC and why they don't do more episodes. No-one's got time to do more than three. In a way that makes it kind of special, it's what we always hoped it would be – event television."Sherlock is among the favourites to be the most popular show of the holiday period, along with Doctor Who, featuring Matt Smith and his successor as the timelord, Peter Capaldi, the soaps and ITV's Downton Abbey.

The new series features the debut of two guest stars close to Cumberbatch's heart (their identity must remain secret) and Freeman's real-life wife, Amanda Abbington, as Watson's love interest, with a wedding to come in episode two. "It wasn't a John and Yoko thing," joked Freeman. "I didn't say, I want my missus in it."

Freeman said returning to the role was "like slipping back into an old coat. It's something that we really enjoy and we are quite good at now".Jonathan Ross was among the guests at the preview at the British Film Institute on London's South Bank. "I adored it, in particular the fact they seemed very playful about it," he said. "Benedict and Martin seem more comfortable in the roles than before, they seemed to be really actually enjoying it.

"It had more gags, and more gags which bleed in from the real world that I don't think I have seen in a popular fiction with that level of success before.

"They were kind of acknowledging a lot of the real world fan reaction, not just what happened and how it was going to be resolved, but also the sexual tension between Watson and Holmes.

"To see that played with in a really fun way, it allows you to laugh at the reality we know goes on with people speculating and getting very excited about that side of their relationship."

BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore said: "It's really important to BBC1 when you have a drama that is not only internationally recognised and sold to 200 countries, but also that you know that everyone is waiting and waiting to see.

"It's a really great show to get around the telly and watch as a family. It's one of those shows that you watch and have lots of questions to ask afterwards – it is going to create more conversation afterwards."

The article doesn't say how Sherlock survived. If you do know and want to talk about it use spoiler cuts please and thank you :)

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war_machine_rox 16th-Dec-2013 03:19 am (UTC)
I hope somebody posts a spoiler. That way the wait until January or whatever in the US won't be as excruciating.

Yes I still love this show. Whatever.

bodyline 16th-Dec-2013 03:19 am (UTC)
there is no way the reveal is going to live up to the hype, plus i'm 90% sure fans figured it out already.
war_machine_rox 16th-Dec-2013 03:24 am (UTC)
probably the ball under the armpit thing and he landed on a trampoline or something because that truck was conveniently in the way.

and the doctors and stuff were Sherlock's irregulars. He was hiding in Molly's apartment, Mycroft knew the whole time. John will punch him.

boom episode 1.
bodyline 16th-Dec-2013 03:40 am (UTC)
lol exactly, that or one of those fake bodies like they had in the irene episode
xdecadentx 16th-Dec-2013 10:10 am (UTC)
yeah me too, which is why I've tried to avoid reading most theories.
wauwy 16th-Dec-2013 03:24 am (UTC)
I have to admit I wasn't expecting a hologram machine
britt_m_89 16th-Dec-2013 03:28 am (UTC)
is this a Star trek reference?
hearditbothways 16th-Dec-2013 03:25 am (UTC)
I was there.

I loved it.
idreaminargyle 16th-Dec-2013 03:31 am (UTC)
if you were there then do you know the secret???
hearditbothways 16th-Dec-2013 03:33 am (UTC)
I know many secrets.
kwerkee 16th-Dec-2013 03:32 am (UTC)
Waa..? So, what will it take for you to dish? ehem...
bodyline 16th-Dec-2013 03:41 am (UTC)
plz just spill, i'm not going to watch the new series but i want to know if the original fan theories about it were correct
pervert_bitch 16th-Dec-2013 04:06 am (UTC)
So, as another ONTDer said?
"Apparently Caitlin Moran was a horrible host and made Benedict and Martin read fanfiction again."
Is this true?
beesknees7 16th-Dec-2013 03:39 am (UTC)
"The new series features the debut of two guest stars close to Cumberbatch's heart (their identity must remain secret)"

His parents?

zoaster_toaster 16th-Dec-2013 03:46 am (UTC)
His Anglo bro Tom Hiddleston?
beesknees7 16th-Dec-2013 03:52 am (UTC)
lol gurl as far as I know there's only one of him
mjspice 16th-Dec-2013 04:34 pm (UTC)
egalitarianmuse 16th-Dec-2013 03:48 am (UTC)
Either his parents or his godchildren. He loves both dearly.
turnverein 16th-Dec-2013 03:52 am (UTC)
Apparently Caitlin Moran was a horrible host and made Benedict and Martin read fanfiction again.
hearditbothways 16th-Dec-2013 04:05 am (UTC)
Yepp, she did.

Benedict actually read the words "Sherlock opened the buttons of his cardigan and shoved him up against the wall" (paraphrasing) out loud in front of my face
britt_m_89 16th-Dec-2013 04:07 am (UTC)
lmao so much secondhand embarrassment XD
pervert_bitch 16th-Dec-2013 04:08 am (UTC)
OMG. Their reactions to the fics read?
turnverein 16th-Dec-2013 04:14 am (UTC)
I probably would've had to get up and leave. At this point, I bet both of them will be relieved when the show's over so they won't have to suffer through that anymore.
pastelstar 16th-Dec-2013 06:38 am (UTC)
She hosted? Man, I wish that twit all the worst in the world. Haaate her.
ceilidh_ann 16th-Dec-2013 03:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah I heard this too. I was also told the controller of BBC drama screamed at her afterwards and let it be known very clearly how unprofessional she was. Sad I missed that.
fracturates 16th-Dec-2013 03:53 am (UTC)
yawn tbh
even tho i'll probably still watch it oop
fauxkaren 16th-Dec-2013 04:17 am (UTC)
Moffat has a problem in a lot of his work where he builds up something (WHO IS RIVER SONG? THE SILENCE! THE FALL OF THE ELEVENTH! TRENZALORE! etc etc) and then it never lives up to expectations.

I suspect the same will happen with the reveal of how Sherlock survived. It will either be complicated beyond reason in order to trick the viewer into thinking it's super clever... or it will be obvious and the audience will have figured it out during the 2 year hiatus.

Either way... disappointment.
yurasama_love 16th-Dec-2013 04:53 am (UTC)
I'm already disappointed and I don't even know anything.
20727 16th-Dec-2013 05:24 am (UTC)
bored before i even began.gif
lostinshalott 16th-Dec-2013 05:16 am (UTC)
the whole sherlock series is a giant disappointment imo and i didn't even have high hopes for it.
20727 16th-Dec-2013 04:46 am (UTC)
it's weird how each one of these people looks detestable

especially freeman.

Edited at 2013-12-16 04:46 am (UTC)
lostinshalott 16th-Dec-2013 05:17 am (UTC)
they all are Natasha they all are.
kristinized 16th-Dec-2013 05:49 am (UTC)
It seemed pretty obvious from just watching the episode, but maybe the premier will have a couple twists.
vervain 16th-Dec-2013 06:11 am (UTC)
i haven't seen any promotions for sherlock did it start again?
smegma 16th-Dec-2013 06:19 am (UTC)
it starts on january 1st
thejoker 16th-Dec-2013 06:21 am (UTC)
I wanted Irene Adler back/mentioned so I can revel in people's rage but it doesn't seem like that's happening
artemisofluna 16th-Dec-2013 06:24 am (UTC)
Ugh, Caitlin Moran. She is so horrible.

And I agree with some of the other comments. Moffat tries to build this stuff up, when most people have probably already figured it out and it won't be all that amazing. It's just a show, dude. Stop making out like it's...I dunno, the second coming of Elvis or some shit.
pastelstar 16th-Dec-2013 06:40 am (UTC)
Fuck Moffat, fuck Caitlin Moran, they're both fucking assholes.
jello404 16th-Dec-2013 07:12 am (UTC)
egalitarianmuse 16th-Dec-2013 03:35 pm (UTC)
After her little performance yesterday, I'd say he's getting the idea.
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