As well as giving us a delicious opportunity to rewatch the most recent three episodes of Sherlock, the BBC’s repeats of series two have served an important purpose: to unlock the title of the series three’s third episode.
But the process has been far from smooth. First Andy Murray’s dramatic semi-final against Jerzy Janowicz interrupted the first instalment, A Scandal in Belgravia, postponing its broadcast to a week later. Now, the London Anniversary Games on Friday 26 July will clash with what would have been The Reichenbach Fall.
As a result, the third and final instalment of the second series – which will offer up the concluding word of the elusive title – will be broadcast on Friday 2 August at 8:30pm on BBC1.
The feature-length episode – which climaxes with Sherlock’s rooftop showdown with criminal mastermind, Moriarty – was watched by a consolidated audience of 9.78 million when it was first broadcast in January 2012.