Mini-Episode Sneak Peek: Sherlock's Alive! (Or So Someone Would Have Us Believe....)

Could Sherlock‘s titular hero (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) have possibly survived his “suicidal” leap from the hospital rooftop in the Season 2 finale? In this seven-minute “mini-episode” setting up the new season, at least one person certainly thinks so.

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In “Many Happy Returns,” Anderson (Jonathan Aris) busts out all kinds of evidence and “sightings” to convince DI Lestrade (Rupert Graves) that the legendary crimesolver is not only alive, but keeping busy doing what he does best, all about the globe.

Will Lestrade buy what Anderson’s selling? And how might a DVD the DI delivers to Watson (Martin Freeman) figure into solving this “mystery”?

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Sherlock Season 3 premieres Stateside on PBS Masterpiece Sunday, Jan. 19.

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  1. CBWBDK1 says:

    I can’t wait to see the first episode on january 1!!

    • Annie Sisk says:

      19th here in the States.

      • Ewa says:

        1st here on the internet :P

        • EDC says:

          I understand that diehard fans can’t wait for one second, but the BBC, PBS, and the production co. have tried very hard to close the gap between the UK premiere and US broadcasting, Benedict had indicated many times he really pushed for the same day broadcasting. I only hope that after people watched in online on Jan. 1st, they would also turn in on Jan 19th to watch it on PBS, as PBS actually share the production budgets with the BBC, and if the ratings are impacted because all diehard fans have watched it on Jan. 1st, the production budgets might be reduced.

          • Linwe says:

            PBS doesn’t actually measure ratings using the Nielsen system (they do announce the numbers for event TV like Sherlock, but it doesn’t figure into their decision to continue co-producing the show or not.

            Also, yes, while they did close the gap a little, the PBS showings are always edited for time, which is why many people will want to watch it online first simply to see the full episode.

            I’ll watch the PBS showings but until they air the complete episode die-hard fans aren’t going to wait an extra few weeks to see a cut episode.

          • EDC says:

            @Linwe A 18 day gap is not just a little bit close, the S2 gap between UK and US premiere is 5 months, and as far as I am aware of, PBS is broadcasting an uncut version of S3, so it should be the same as what you see on Jan. 1st. Honestly I understand nothing will stop the diehard fans to watch it when it premieres in the UK, and although PBS doesn’t rely on ratings for ad revenues, but more accurate viewing figures that reflect the real viewership of the show in the US would help the word of mouth effect, it might finally propel the show into the US mass audiences like Downton Abbey, a status Sherlock deserves. Besides, that might also financially help PBS as more audiences mean the possible increasing sales of DVD and BR, hence maybe even higher promotion and production budgets for the show in the future.

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  3. Alan says:

    why does anderson suddenly believe sherlock can solve all these crimes? he hated sherlock and was the first one to condemn him when moriarty pulled off his plan in the last episode.

  4. Annie Sisk says:

    Um – what am I missing? We KNOW he survived – remember? The characters don’t, but we saw him after the fall.

    • Zachary says:

      Its a minisode to show what everyone’s been doing in the years since Sherlocks ‘death’. Anderson now believes Sherlock actually did solve all those cases, Watson is trying to move on with his life but is still finding it hard to let go, and Lestrade is going through the motions of life. The episode clip isn’t suppose to give us viewers anything really new about the episode to air nor is it something you have to watch in order to understand the new episodes. Look at it as a bonus gift to the fans of the show. Gives some context to tie people over for a week or three until new episodes air.

      • Annie Sisk says:

        No, I was referring to this article’s first line and headline, which pretty clearly implied the fact of Sherlock’s continued existence was an open question. I’m familiar with the show. :)

  5. sarah says:

    cant wait for new years day, this will be the perfect way to get over my hangover from the night before.
    and even Anderson misses him

  6. tstephen51 says:

    Anderson is in some sort of trouble that only Sherlock can prove him innocent of. He’s hoping beyond hope that Sherlock is real and alive. This why he appears out of character from the skeptical Anderson we know.

  7. Lea says:

    Well first of all, I don’t know if this makes the wait harder or less hard. Still, awesome Christmas gift.
    Secondly, I adore Sherlock and the writers, but, um, there is no jury in the German justice system. Just saying ;)

  8. Alexis says:

    Can’t wait! i definitely think Lestrade knows more than he is telling and I hope Sherlock shows up at the door when John goes to answer it. :)

  9. Bob says:

    “Could Sherlock‘s titular hero (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) have possibly survived his ‘suicidal’ leap from the hospital rooftop in the Season 2 finale?”

    Matt, are you just goofing on us or are you serious with that question? I don’t think it’s going to spoil anything for ANYONE to say that Sherlock IS most definitely alive. How else do you get a Season 3 of ‘Sherlock’ WITHOUT SHERLOCK? Silly.

  10. Mindy says:

    I’d like to know what the heck happened to Anderson. I barely recognized him. Does he feel guilty over what happened to Sherlock? Why does he now believe Sherlock solved all those cases? This is so strange since previously he pretty much hated Sherlock.