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article image'Sherlock' minisode announced for Christmas Day

By Mathew Wace Peck     Dec 3, 2013 in Entertainment
A "Sherlock" prequel short-film mini-episode will be made available on Christmas Day, ahead of the premiere of Season 3, due one week later.
Many Happy Returns will be launched via the BBC Red Button Service on Wednesday, December 25, ahead of the previously announced return of the popular drama series.
Last month, Hartswood Films, who produce Sherlock for the BBC, ended months of speculation by announcing that the new season will premiere in the UK on New Year's Day, Wednesday, January 1, 2014.
The date for the series' return was made via a publicity stunt in London, whereby a black hearse was driven around the UK capital city during the commuter rush hour. Inside the vehicle could clearly be seen a coffin adorned with white flowers arranged to spell "Sherlock" and "01 01 14".
Mini-episodes — or "minisodes" — have been used extensively by Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat for Doctor Who, the BBC's sci-fi drama series that he has been showrunner of for several years. One of the most recent was The Night of the Doctor, which acted as a short-film prequel to the Doctor Who 50th-anniverasry feature, The Day of the Doctor. However, this is a first for Sherlock.
It had already been announced, in October, that the series would return to the US on January 19, 2014. Confirmation of a start date for Canada and other territories is still forthcoming.
Episode 1, "The Empty Hearse", is written by Mark Gatiss (An Adventure in Space and Time), also a co-creator of the series. Episode 2, The Sign of Three, is by Stephen Thompson (Sinbad) and episode three, His Last Vow, by Steven Moffat, one week later, on Sunday, January 12.
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