- 04 September 2012
- By John Howell
The first season of the BBC's modern Sherlock Holmes adaptation, Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Martin Freeman as Watson, was one of the TV highlights of 2010. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic Sherlock Holmes stories have never looked so good. Season two came to a close last year with a very tense cliffhanger, so it's good to know that a third season is definitely on its way. The bad news is that we will have to wait until September 2013 to watch it. While I didn't think the episodes that made up Season 2 were as good as the first, we're still talking about amazing television and excellent performances.
According to Deadline, series creator and lead writer Stephen Moffat revealed at the Edinburgh TV Festival three words to give fans a clue regarding the stories likely to be adapted this time round: "Rat, Wedding, Bow," he said.
If you're familiar with Arthur Conan Doyle's work, he could be hinting that the three stories they'll use will be The Giant Rat of Sumatra, The Noble Bachelor and His Last Bow. In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire, Sherlock Holmes tells Dr. Watson that:
"Matilda Briggs was not the name of a young woman, Watson, ... It was a ship which is associated with the giant rat of Sumatra, a story for which the world is not yet prepared."
The Noble Bachelor concerns a bride of the fictional Lord Robert St. Simon disappearing on the day of their marriage, while The Last Bow is a spy story concerning military secrets compromised when a safe is broken into.
The rat story is particularly intriguing, although no doubt there will not be a massive amount of adapting going on as we're dealing with a reference to the rat story in another story...
The BBC will begin filming Sherlock Season 3 in January next year. In the meantime, Martin Freeman will star as Bilbo Baggins in the first of Peter Jackson's Hobbit films and Benedict Cumberbatch will appear as the villian in Star Trek 2. You'll also be able to hear Cumberbatch in The Hobbit as the voice of the dragon Smaug.