After teasing fans with the above photo of Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) on the case with a bloodhound, a mysterious teaser, and two episode titles, the fourth season of Sherlock is about to begin. Along with trusty sidekick Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman), Cumberbatch’s modern iteration of the famed detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is set to grace BBC and BBC America with his presence sometime next year. Thanks to the show’s official Twitter account, however, audiences now know precisely when to expect “The Six Thatchers” to entertain the hell out of them: New Year’s Day.
That’s right, folks. While you’re busy recovering from a Saturday night of revelries on New Year’s Eve 2016, the first episode of Sherlock‘s fourth season will offer viewers a little “hair of the dog” on January 1, 2017:
“The Six Thatchers” won’t include actor Toby Jones’s villainous Culverton Smith, as he features in the second episode, “The Lying Detective.” However, judging by its title — which alludes to the Doyle’s The Adventure of the Six Napoleons — the first new episode of Sherlock since “The Abominable Bride” aired exactly one year prior may involve artistic depictions of the late British politician, their mysterious destruction, and a black pearl.
That, or co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss did what they often do with their contemporary Sherlock adaptation and offer their audience an entirely new version of Doyle’s classic character.