Sherlock: Mark Gatiss reveals the three words that will define the new series – maybe

It seems Sherlock is likely to be spending most of series three lounging around the flat smoking, before getting an early night...


This year’s Sherlock featured a dominatrix, a phantom hound and a death-defying plunge, but if Mark Gatiss is to be believed, series three is set to be a rather more sedate affair.


“Pipe,” “Slippers” and “Bed” are the three words that will define the new episodes, according to a Tweet sent by Gatiss this morning. He was on his way to the Edinburgh International Television Festival where he and fellow Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat are due to give a Masterclass in the show and also to reveal the key words relating to each of the three episodes in the new series.

The duo explained series two through the words “Woman,” “Hound” and “Fall” – references to the detective’s female nemesis Irene Adler, the Hounds of Baskerville and Sherlock’s descent into public disgrace (and subsequent leap from a rooftop). Fans were expecting similarly serious themes to be unveiled today but following Gatiss’s tweet they can presumably look forward to three episodes in which the detective lounges around the flat smoking, before getting an early night….

“Off to Edinburgh for #Sherlock event at the TV festival. I’m revealing the ‘three words’ for S3 early. Pipe. Slippers. Bed. There you go,” tweeted Gatiss. 


And that, we suppose, is case closed – unless Moffat is able to persuade Gatiss between now and 3:30pm that three slightly more exciting words might be in order…