Over the past few months, we have been drip fed information surrounding the new fourth series of ‘Sherlock’. Now we have official word on episode one’s air time.

‘Sherlock: The Six Thatchers’ starring Benedict Cumberbatch as high-functioning sociopath, Sherlock Holmes alongside Martin Freeman as sidekick John Watson returns to BBC One on New Years Day at 8:30pm.

In episode one, written by Mark Gatiss, Sherlock waits to see where Moriarty will make his posthumous move.

One mysterious case in particular baffles Scotland Yard – but Sherlock is more interested in a seemingly trivial detail. Why is someone destroying images of the late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher? Is there a madman on the loose? Or is there a much darker purpose at work? Something with its roots deep in Mary Watson’s past…

Joining Cumberbatch and Freeman in this 90-minute episode are Mark Gatiss as Mycroft, Rupert Graves as Inspector Lestrade, Una Stubbs as Mrs Hudson, Amanda Abbington as Mary Watson and Louise Brealey as Molly Hooper.

‘The Six Thatchers’ will be followed by ‘The Lying Detective’ on Sunday 8th and the yet to be titled finale on Sunday 15th January on BBC One. Times to be confirmed.

US fans can also enjoy this new 3-part series when it airs on PBS Masterpiece on the same days as the UK. Times also yet to be confirmed.

‘Sherlock’ is produced by Hartswood Films.

Sherlock - early release Sept (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: (L-R) Sherlock Holmes (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH), Dr John Watson (MARTIN FREEMAN) - (C) Hartswood Films - Photographer: Todd Antony
Sherlock – early release Sept (No. n/a) – Picture Shows: (L-R) Sherlock Holmes (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH), Dr John Watson (MARTIN FREEMAN) – (C) Hartswood Films – Photographer: Todd Antony

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