Sherlock series 3: first official image of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman

“Sherlock and John Watson are back at last! And they're just where we want them - on the streets of London having mad, thrilling adventures," says co-creator Mark Gatiss

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Mark Gatiss always told us Sherlock would be “hiding in plain sight”, but this is ridiculous…

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We can only assume that this moody (and, let’s be honest, hugely exciting!) first official still from the new series shows the initial moment Sherlock and John meet again after the detective took that plunge from the roof of St Bart’s hospital, convincing his friend that he was gone forever.

That probably also means it’s just prior to the moment when John unleashes a string of expletives at Sherlock, and quite possibly a smack in the mouth… But all’s well that ends well, right? And the duo are set to make up their differences and be back in action soon…

“Sherlock and John Watson are back at last! And they’re just where we want them – on the streets of London having mad, thrilling adventures,” says co-creator Mark Gatiss.

Quite right – but first there’s the small matter of that fall to contend with…

“It’s been a long time since Sherlock Holmes jumped off that roof – it’s time to reveal the truth about what happened between him and the pavement,” adds Steven Moffat.

All this talk of returns, and just over a first look at Sherlock and John? It certainly suggests the new third series can’t be too far off. Not long to wait now – the game is almost afoot…

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