Yes, the countdown to series three of the detective drama begins in earnest with the release of a tantalising first trailer. True, there’s no air date as yet – after all, work on the final episode is yet to be completed – but this teaser will only increase fans’ anticipation of the first new Sherlock episodes since January 2012.
The 26-second video was premiered following last night’s repeat showing of season two finale The Reichenbach Fall and features glimpses of Benedict Cumberbatch’s detective, Martin Freeman’s John Watson – complete with distinguished moustache – Mark Gatiss as Sherlock’s brother Mycroft, Una Stubbs as his former landlady Mrs Hudson, plus Rupert Graves’s Inspector Lestrade and Louise Brealey’s lab tech Molly Hooper, all accompanied by that spine-tingling yet jaunty theme tune.
The trailer still doesn’t tell us exactly what John’s reaction will be to his friend’s return from the dead after his fall from the roof of St Bart’s hospital – but we already know it’s unlikely to be as restrained as in the original Sherlock Holmes short story.
“I always found it a little unlikely that Dr Watson’s only reaction was to faint… as opposed to possibly a stream of terrible swear words,” said co-creator Mark Gatiss, while Martin Freeman told Radio Times earlier this year he’d be ready to punch his co-star Benedict Cumberbatch once more if called upon.
“I don’t know what [John’s reaction] is gonna be,” said Freeman in January, “but hopefully something very violent.”