Benedict Cumberbatch is having an even brighter moment in the spotlight with Doctor Strange and an upcoming SNL gig, so what better time to shore up Sherlock’s return? The world’s most handsome detective (sorry, Batman) is officially returning for Season 4 in early 2017, and has the perfect hangover cure.

Sherlock has officially confirmed that Season 4 will arrive on PBS Masterpiece as early as January 1, 2017. The new season will premiere with “The Six Thatchers” (a curious reference to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tale “The Six Napoleons”), with the latter two episodes presumably arriving in weekly installments.

Likely our last Sherlock for the foreseeable future, with Toby Jones as its villain, some leading titles, 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.

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