Mark Gatiss reveals ‘Sherlock’ series three details

The writer reveals which Conan Doyle story will open the third run

Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss has revealed which story will open the forthcoming third series.

The writer, who also plays Mycroft in the BBC drama, said that the opener will be based on ‘The Adventure Of The Empty House’. Conan Doyle story comes chronologically after ‘The Final Problem’, which sees the detective apparently plummet to his death following a showdown with Moriarty. The cliffhanger to series two ‘The Reichenbach Fall’ was based on that story, and left fans desperate to know how the detective managed to fake his own death so publicly.

Gatiss told PA: “There‚Äôs 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.”

He suggested that Watson, played by Martin Freeman, may not be so pleased to see his friend:

I always found it a little unlikely that Dr Watson’s only reaction was to faint for instance – as opposed to possibly a stream of terrible swear words.

Gatiss added that the remaining two stories in the series had not been decided upon, but would be dictated by the “overall feel”, adding: “Steven [Moffat] and I have our all-time favourites, but it’s really a question of what will fit into the structure.”

New episodes of Sherlock are not expected to shoot until early 2013.