‘Sherlock’: new photo revealed ahead of series four

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman to return in January 2017

A new photo has been released in anticipation of the next series of Sherlock.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman recently finished shooting the new three-episode series where they will be joined once again by Amanda Abbington as Mary Morstan, as well as by a new villain played by Toby Jones.

The fourth series of Sherlock will not air until January 2017, but the BBC has shared this new promo shot. See above.

The BBC previously revealed that series four will begin with Cumberbatch’s title character “back once more on British soil as Doctor Watson and his wife, Mary, prepare for their biggest ever challenge – becoming parents for the first time”.

Cumberbatch and Freeman returned in a one-off special, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, on New Year’s Day this year. The special attracted an audience of 11.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched programme of the 2015-16 festive season.

The show’s last series, which also consisted of three episodes, aired in 2014. Cumberbatch and Freeman first played Doyle’s iconic characters in 2010.

Watch a trailer for the new series below.