‘Ghosts of the past are rising’: First image from set of ‘Sherlock’ emerges ahead of new series

Fourth outing for Benedict Cumberbatch expected to arrive in January 2017

The first image from the set of Sherlock season 4 has arrived online alongside details of the plot for the show’s eagerly anticipated return.

Filming for the new episodes has begun with showrunner Mark Gatiss, who also plays Sherlock’s brother Mycroft, sharing the first image of Benedict Cumberbatch’s character on Twitter yesterday. The picture shows Sherlock turning away from the camera alongside the caption: “back!”

The official synopsis for the fourth outing has also been made available, with big changes expected following the recent one-off special, which was broadcast on New Years’s Day.

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The synopsis reads: “Season 4 begins with the mercurial Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch), back once more on British soil as Doctor Watson (Martin Freeman) and his wife Mary (Amanda Abbington) prepare for their biggest challenge yet: becoming parents.”

This came from a BBC press release which also boasted a quote from Gatiss: “Sherlock series four – here we go again! Whatever else we do, wherever we all go, all roads lead back to Baker Street – and it always feels like coming home. Ghosts of the past are rising in the lives of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson bringing adventure, romance and terror in their wake. This is the story we’ve been telling from the beginning. A story about to reach its climax…”

Creator Steven Moffat has already confirmed that the series will be “three stand-alone films, 90 minutes each, and an ongoing mystery, as there sort of always is.”

It’s expected that Sherlock will return in January 2017, though a broadcast date has yet to be confirmed. Both series 2 and series 3 plus this year’s The Abominable Bride all began in the new year period.

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