Sherlock Series 3: Mark Gattis confirms the title of first episode – The Empty Hearse!

by Anna Howell

After Benedict Cumberbatch confirmed his, and co-star Martin Freeman’s involvement in the third and fourth series of the hit BBC detective series, the show’s creator, Mark Gattis has now revealed the title for the first episode of the new series, which is currently being filmed!

Speaking at the recent South Bank Sky Arts Awards, during which he picked up the television drama prize for Parade’s End, Cumberbatch confirmed the news that a fourth series was in his future, adding how he, and the rest of the cast and crew would love for the show to continue for “as long as possible”.


Discussing his future with the show to Radiotimes.com, he revealed:

“We’ve agreed to two more series but I could get into trouble for saying that,

“All I know at the moment is I’m doing these three [episodes of the upcoming series] and another three.”

With regards to the busy schedules that he and the other shows stars have found they have as a result of the success of Sherlock, Cumberbatch went on to say how the shows runner, Steven Moffat’s availability was also a factor to consider when planning further series beyond this one and the next:

“We love doing it as we are doing it at the moment in the format we are doing it,” he said.

“I’d love to keep it going for as long as possible, I think we all would.”

“It just depends on Martin and I’s availability, how long we can keep it going. It depends on Steven’s ability. I’d love to keep it going.”

And now Mark Gattis has taken to social networking site, Twitter, to announce the first title from the much-anticipated series 3.

Gattis, who also stars as Mycroft Holmes in the BBC adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective stories took to the site to announce that the first instalment of series 3 will be called The Empty Hearse, we assume in reference to Sherlock’s hoax death at the end of series two, tweeting:

‘Exclusive! Ep 1 will be called ‘The Empty Hearse’. The game is on! #Sherlock

Gattis tweeted the news to followers along with a picture of a clapperboard from filming, revealing that the director of this episode will be Jeremy Lovering.

The Empty Hearse is to be based on the original Conan-Doyle novel, ‘The Adventure of the Empty House’, and will introduce new Sherlock villain Sebastian Moran.

Gatiss previously said of the first new episode: “There’s certain things about ‘The Adventure of the Empty House’ which feel set in stone because that’s how Sherlock comes back, but at the same time we feel free to invent and to introduce new stuff to it.”

Filming for series three recently began and is expected to air on-screen later this year.

Watch Benedict Cumberbatch’s recent Jonathan Ross appearance in the clip below:

1 Comment

  1. Chika on March 18, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Damn that man and his love of puns.

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