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Sherlock Lives: Series 3 trailer makes surprise debut

The BBC has released a tantalisingly brief trailer ahead of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman's return in the third series of Sherlock.

With the hashtag #SherlockLives featuring prominently, the teaser gives a glimpse of what is ahead in the hit reboot of Sherlock Holmes:

The surprise offering was shown after Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor.

An air date has yet to be announced, with the teaser only revealing Sherlock is "coming soon".

Sir Ian McKellen to play Sherlock Holmes in new film

Sir Ian McKellen is to play an aged Sherlock Holmes for the big screen in the new film A Slight Trick Of The Mind.

The Lord of the Rings star will be reunited with his God and Monsters director Bill Condo in a movie adaptation of Mitch Cullin's novel.

Sir Ian McKellen to play Sherlock Holmes. Credit: PA

Hollywood Reporter says Sir Ian has been cast as the long-retired consulting detective who is still haunted by an unsolved case from 50 years ago. The film is expected to start shooting in the UK in April next year.

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