Sherlock will return to BBC1 on New Year's Day when the mystery will finally be resolved how the sleuth survived that plunge to his apparent certain death.
The BBC took the unusual step of using an empty hearse, with its return date spelled out in the back, travelling around central London on Friday to announce its return.
Its use of Twitter and the hashtag #sherlocklives was rather more de rigeur, ensuring that the show was trending on Twitter as fans were sent into a frenzy by its imminent return.
The second episode will air on the following Sunday, 5 January, with the final outing of the new series on 12 January.
Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective. Much missed by friends & family. In *living* memory. Jan 1st 2014! #SherlockLives— Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) November 29, 2013
Well that was all very exciting and I KNEW what was happening. So an airdate at last! #SherlockLives . Off to work now everyone.— sue vertue (@suevertue) November 29, 2013
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