Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in 'Sherlock'. Photo Credit: BBC

‘Sherlock’ BBC Releases Minisode Teaser for Season 3 ‘Many Happy Returns’ (Video)

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in 'Sherlock'. Photo Credit: BBC

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in ‘Sherlock’.
Photo Credit: BBC

Braces yourselves, Sherlockians…BBC has released a prequel to the upcoming Season 3 of Sherlock. That’s right ladies and gentleman, the return of our favorite sleuth is right around the corner.

In the prequel, you see Anderson and Lestrade sitting in restaurant discussing some strange cases that are being solved in different parts of the world. Anderson is trying to tell Lestrade that he believes that Sherlock Holmes is not dead. Of course, we all know that to be true, but our merry little cast of characters does not.

Anderson is telling Lestrade about a how a woman who is accused of being a drug smuggler was discovered by an Abbot with unusual powers of deduction. He asserts that this must be the work of Holmes.

“A blonde woman hiding amongst bald monks, that wouldn’t exactly take Sherlock Holmes.” Lestrade says. “He’s dead. I’m sorry. I wish he wasn’t, but he really is dead and gone.”

Anderson goes on to outline the details of a similar incident in New Dehli. He asserts that Sherlock is out there somewhere hiding; however, as Sherlock is, he can’t stop himself from getting involved when there is a good mystery to be solved.

When Lestrade still doesn’t believe him, he begins to recount the tale of the mysterious juror in Hamburg. No matter how hard he tries, Lestrade just doesn’t want to hear it.

Lestrade finishes his drink, and then he tells Anderson that he is going to see an old friend and tells him to take care.

As fate would have it, that friend would be John Watson. He is visiting him to take him a box of Sherlock’s things that he found in his office. He shows John the uncut version of a video message that Sherlock had made Watson for his birthday.

Watson tells him that he probably won’t even watch it, but at as soon as Lestrade leaves, that is exactly what Watson does.

Sherlock says a lot of things in his own special way that to some people would sound rude and pretentious; however, once you get to know Sherlock a little better, you know that there is a reason behind everything he does and says. However, when it comes to Watson, he always seems to be a little more humanized.

In the video, Sherlock apologizes for not making it to his birthday dinner; however, he assures him that he is going to be with him again very soon. Oh, the irony in that statement. It almost makes you feel like he knew this was going to play out like this all along. Of course, when it comes to Sherlock, he probably did.

Just then, there is a buzz at Watson’s door.

Back at the restaurant, Anderson has realized that Sherlock is slowly making his way home. When we flip back to the video playing in John’s living room, the video is unpaused once again. Sherlock does his classic smile and wink.

There is only so far that a written description can take you. Take a look at the video for yourself. Here is a look at the Minisode entitled “Many Happy Returns,” the prequel to the upcoming Season 3 of Sherlock.


Season 3 of Sherlock debuts on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:58 p.m. EST on PBS Masterpiece.

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