Sherlock

Sherlock Season 3 Sundays January 19 - February 2, 2014 9 p.m. on MASTERPIECE on Eight, Arizona PBS Sherlock Holmes stalks again in a third season of the hit modern version of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (War Horse) as the go-to consulting detective in 21st-century London and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) as his loyal friend, Dr. John Watson. Shown from left to right: Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes

Robert Viglasky/Hartswood Films for MASTERPIECE

It’s been two years since the Season 2 finale of Sherlock when the renowned sleuth presumably died, but Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) is about to rise from the grave. Eight, Arizona PBS welcomes Sherlockians to get the jump on the nationwide premiere of the highly-anticipated Sherlock: Season 3 with a Jan. 9 free preview screening of episode one “The Empty Hearse” – ten days before it’s Jan. 19 airing.

Eight offers viewers a first look at Sherlock “The Empty Hearse,” exploring the shocking surprises the beloved British detective faces when he theatrically “rises from his eternal resting place” and returns to London after an extended and mysterious absence. John Watson (Martin Freeman) always wanted his best friend to resurface, but when the duo reunites at 221B Baker Street, a dangerous terrorist attack threatens London, and Watson learns to “be careful what you wish for,” as nothing is as Sherlock left it.

The original Sherlock Holmes stories have long inspired fandom – with over 100 years of history and countless interpretations of the character – including past PBS programs set in Victorian times as well as this one that places Holmes and Watson in modern-day London. Combine this with the fact that Sherlock’s two leading men are a couple of the most popular actors working today and you have anticipation for the new season that is at a fever pitch.

Sherlockians who can’t make the screening can get a behind-the-scenes look at how the show was made with the digital-only documentary “Unlocking Sherlock,” available at AzPbs.org/Sherlock.

DETAILS >> 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9. Eight, Arizona PBS Studio A, 6th Floor, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix (Light Rail accessible from Van Buren stop). Free; seating is full, but guests can put their name on the waiting list at AzPbs.org/sherlock and will be notified by Jan. 7 if a seat is available.

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