Sherlock Season 4 PBS Masterpiece

Sherlock First Look: Three Brits and a Baby?! (And More Season 4 Photos)

The one thing Sherlock Holmes can’t solve, apparently: the mystery of fatherhood.

With the holiday season officially upon us, PBS and Masterpiece are giving us the gift of new Sherlock photos in advance of Season 4, debuting Sunday, Jan. 1. And the first one, which you can see above, is a real doozy.

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Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) looks uncharacteristically befuddled as he stares down at the newborn baby safely cradled in the arms of his crime-solving partner John Watson (Martin Freeman), with Watson’s wife Mary (Amanda Abbington) at his side.

Yes, it seems Watson has become a father since we last saw him, and the press release teases that as Sherlock returns to London in Season 4, John and Mary “prepare for their biggest ever challenge — becoming parents for the first time.” (Does the great Sherlock Holmes know how to change a diaper?)

Click on the gallery to the right to see more photos from Sherlock Season 4, including a first look at Toby Jones as infamous Holmes villain Culverton Smith. Then come back and hit the comments to share your reactions — and any baby-rearing tips you might have for John and Mary.

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Erica says:

    A baby and a dog!

  2. missy says:

    I’m SO excited…
    Is it weird that right now the only thing I’m excited to learn is what Baby Girl Watson’s name is? :D

  3. Eva says:

    Yeah, I just love how this show turned from a clever detective story into a family show about weddings and weird uncle raising children, with the mystery just thrown into it as an afterthought. I hated the wedding season and I don’t think I’ll even watch the baby season.

  4. hannah says:

    Diapers = nappies in the UK. they’re bound to say ‘ Your turn to change the nappy’

  5. dman6015 says:

    Are they going to stick to Sherlock canon concerning Mary? Doyle killed her off in the book series. Will Moffat & Co. do the same?