'Sherlock' will return to BBC One on New Year's Day with series three opener 'The Empty Hearse', the BBC have revealed.

Show bosses have been teasing fans with the hashtag #SherlockLives for a while now, so it was only appropriate that on Friday they announced the show's return by driving a funeral hearse through the streets of London bearing the date of Sherlock's return written in flowers alongside the hashtag...

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Benedict Cumberbatch will slip back into the long coat of enigmatic detective Sherlock Holmes, alongside Martin Freeman as Doctor Watson on the evening of Wednesday 1 January.

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'Sherlock' writer Mark Gatiss posted on Twitter:

The show will pick up where it left off, revealing how Sherlock survived his dramatic tumble from the roof of St Bart's Hospital in 'The Reichenbach Fall'.

Episode 2 will then air on 5 January and episode 3 on 12 January.

"It's been a long time since Sherlock Holmes jumped off that roof," fellow 'Sherlock' writer Steven Moffat recently said.

Too long, if you ask us. Happy New Year, indeed!

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