Just because the world is pretty well accustomed to the handsomeness of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, doesn’t mean Sherlock fans mind seeing those dapper devil all made up. So it is in our latest Season 4 image, as the dynamic detective duo solve crime with steely blue gazes.

Where previously Sherlock had seemingly replaced his partner with a dog, a new Season 4 image returns Watson to the limelight alongside the famous detective. Of course, Watson will have a few more fatherly responsibilities to contend with this year, which could well explain his distracted gaze.

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Set to premiere sometime in 2017, with Toby Jones as its villain, and the first of three new feature-length episodes to be helmed by Doctor Who and The Flash director Rachel Talalay, so reads the first synopsis:

Sherlock will return to screens with three brand-new episodes promising laughter, tears, shocks, surprises and extraordinary cases…

Series four begins with the nation’s favourite detective, the mercurial Sherlock Holmes, back once more on British soil, as Doctor Watson and his wife, Mary, prepare for their biggest ever challenge - becoming parents for the first time.

When last we heard, showrunner Steven Moffat had plotted through a potential fifth season of the series, to say nothing of additional specials in the vein of The Abominable Bride. Along with the surprise resurrection of Season 3 finale “His Last Vow,” Moffat also specified that Sherlock Season 4 would likely see increased roles for the women of the series, particularly Molly Hooper (Louise Brealey) and Mrs. Hudson (Una Stubbs).

In the meantime, stay tuned for the latest Sherlock Season 4 updates as they arrive.