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The BBC has confirmed that Sherlock series 3 will air during the Christmas period. But which of two dates will they choose?

Within a media pack published to their website this week detailing their holiday offerings, BBC One states that the Sherlock series 3 premiere date is set for this Christmas season.

Should the show air on Sundays like it did for its past two series, Sherlock series 3 will premiere on either December 22 or December 29. Each of the three episodes will be 90 minutes long.

Before then, episode 1 will make its world premiere at an event in London on December 15. Some of the show’s stars will be in attendance.

The BBC is reportedly set to debut its detailed Christmas programming schedule on December 4, so an announcement about the show’s air date may arrive as late as then.

Meanwhile, PBS has already confirmed that Sherlock series 3 will premiere on January 19 in the United States.

A trailer with a few new glimpses into episode 1 “The Empty Hearse” was released during the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special over the weekend.

Place your bets: Will ‘Sherlock’ series 3 premiere on December 22 or December 29?

The beloved detective drama stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role and Martin Freeman as his partner John Watson. Episode 1 will begin with the latter under the assumption that Sherlock has died — even two years after his fall depicted in the series 2 finale. “Dr John Watson has got on with his life,” reads a synopsis released by BBC One. “New horizons, romance and a comforting domestic future beckon. But, with London under threat of a huge terrorist attack, Sherlock Holmes is about to rise from the grave with all the theatricality that comes so naturally to him.”

  • Esmeblabbed

    Must. Stop. Staring. At. John’s. Moustache.

    • Maria Wang

      actually it is starting to grow on me. I love John’s expression. It’s a combination of many emotions

    • Winkyxx

      It looks like hes got a fuzzy caterpillar on him…

  • cloverlover

    I’m so done. I don’t care which date they release it, I’ve never wanted Christmas to come sooner!

  • http://www.youtube.com/mapthestars Mapthestars

    I’m gonna go with the 29th, the 22nd just seems to early in the holiday season.

    • Steven

      3 days before christmas is too early??

      • Maria Wang

        but 4 days after christmas is not too late?

        • http://www.youtube.com/mapthestars Mapthestars

          It’s the perfect time because many people are still off from work, and the New Year celebrations will be coming up. If they do the 22nd they risk family dinners, traveling, people out shopping last minute for Christmas, thus less viewers. It comes down to ratings. People are more likely to watch the Sunday between Christmas and New Year then the Sunday before Christmas.

          • Steven

            I’m thinking 22nd for episode 1, then you have the whole Christmas when family’s together talking about Watsons reactions and the episode, get’s people watching the 2nd episode on that Sunday between xmas and new year.

      • http://www.youtube.com/mapthestars Mapthestars

        correct. Well done, you can do math.

  • Marcia

    That is by far the most disturbing screenshot one could possible take from the trailer.

  • http://ravenclaw1991.tumblr.com/ ravenclaw1991

    I’m hoping for the 22nd for reasons.. plus that would put an episode before and after Christmas which will slightly help me cope with the Doctor’s regeneration on Christmas.

  • Maria Wang

    I can’t wait for Watson’s reaction. But I’m also hoping Sherlock will say something clever about Watson’s moustache

  • Teranel

    I’m hoping for the 22nd so I’ll be able to watch more episodes with my family over Christmas Break.

  • Ariel Bissett

    This is exciting! :)

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  • Gavin Walsh

    I was thinking 29th maybe 22nd pushing it when Atlantis has to finish on the Saturday and ripper street

  • Max Rakušček

    Two years after the fall? So basically real time :)

  • Sarah

    It should be the 22nd because it’s the first episode= 221 (b baker st)

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