Sherlock lives! Hit BBC show returns for third series.

After two years of faking his own death, Sherlock Holmes will return to BBC One on Jan. 1,  at 9 pm.

Winter Break is the perfect time to watch all six episodes of “Sherlock” before Series 3 premieres.

The network hinted at what is to come in Series 3 in a tweet posted on Nov. 29, featuring a photo of an empty hearse with white flowers in the back spelling out the date of the premiere, as well as a printed tag in the window saying “#SherlockLives.”

This hashtag has blown up on Twitter, with over 160,000 tweets.

Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the ingenious Sherlock Holmes, is accompanied by Martin Freeman, who plays Dr. John Watson.

The most recent episode, aired Jan. 15, 2012, ended with Holmes jumping off a building to his apparent death.

Holmes will return to a changed Watson, who has moved on with his life, though Holmes thinks that Watson no life without him.

Fans have many theories as to how Holmes survived the fall and faked his death. Some think that Holmes shifted his center of gravity to lessen the fall’s impact. Others think that a garbage truck that was placed blocking the body allowed for someone to switch Holmes’s body with a look-a-like. Other fans believe Holmes used the rubber ball he was playing with earlier in the final episode of Series 2 to help “stop” his pulse by pressing it to his wrist, blocking the blood flow to the rest of his hand.

These theories still do not explain how he survived falling off a building, some 6-8 stories tall.

As fans have waited almost two years for the show to return, they are very excited to see which characters are returning and who is new to the series.

BBC One announces the show’s return on Twitter.

The BBC has announced that Una Stubbs will return as Mrs. Hudson, as will Mark Gatiss as Mycroft Holmes. Gatiss doubles as the co-creator of the show with Steven Moffat.

The BBC has said that Andrew Scott will also return as Moriarty, even though the last thing we knew of him was that he shot himself in the head in the Series 2 finale. It is unclear as to whether he will return in flashbacks or somehow survived as well.

It is questionable whether Laura Pulver, who played Irene Adler, the “woman who beat Sherlock,” will be back. The fans are not sure if she has been cast, as she has been very cagey in interviews with BBC spokesperson.

New cast members will include a villain to replace Moriarty called Charles Augustus Magnussen and journalist Mary Morstan.

And the show’s composer, Michael Price, said that the new series will feature “more tears than ever before.”

The BBC’s official synopsis for the first episode of Series 3, “The Empty Hearse,” is as follows:

“Two years after the devastating effects of “The Reichenbach Fall,” Dr John Watson has got on with his life. New horizons, romance and a comforting domestic future beckon.

But, with London under threat of a huge terrorist attack, Sherlock Holmes is about to rise from the grave with all the theatricality that comes so naturally to him.

It’s what his best friend wanted more than anything, but for John Watson it might well be a case of ‘be careful what you wish for’! If Sherlock thinks everything will be just as he left it though, he’s in for a very big surprise…”

Watch the first six episodes of “Sherlock” before “The Empty Hearse” premieres Jan. 1.

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