‘Sherlock’ series three opener to premiere at London’s BFI next month

New series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will then begin on BBC One in January

The opening episode of Sherlock‘s third series is to premiere at London’s British Film Institute (BFI) next month.

An exclusive preview screening of the episode, titled ‘The Empty Hearse’, will take place at the BFI at 1pm on December 15 followed by a Q&A with members of the cast and crew. It has yet to be confirmed whether stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will be in attendance.

A plot synopsis for the episode has also been released on the BFI website. Explaining where the story picks up after the end of series two, it teases: “Just one more miracle, Sherlock. Stop being dead. For Dr John Watson it might well be a case of ‘be careful what you wish for’. Two years after the devastating events of ‘The Reichenbach Fall’, John appears to have got on with his life. New horizons and romance beckon. But, with London under threat of a devastating terrorist attack, Sherlock is about to take John at his word, staging his resurrection with all the theatricality that comes so naturally to him. If Sherlock thinks everything will be just as he left it, though, he’s in for a very big surprise…”

Tickets for the preview screening go on sale to BFI members tomorrow (November 6) and to the general public on November 12. Prices are £11 with concessions at £8.50 and further information is available on the BFI website.

Series three of Sherlock, which features another trio of 90-minute episodes, will then begin on BBC One in January.