Sherlock"s back – and this time a woman"s involved

Sherlock”s back – and this time a woman”s involved

When the BBC’s modern-day version of Sherlock Holmes finished in the summer of 2010 after just three episodes, it left more than nine million viewers begging for more.

And the Beeb hasn’t let us down, as a new three-episode run starts on New Year’s Day.

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Look who”s back: Benedict Cumberbatch”s supersleuth and Martin Freeman”s Dr Watson will be hitting our screens on New Year”s Day

Love interest: Irene Adler (played by Spooks star Lara Pulver) attracts Sherlock

Love interest: Irene Adler (played by Spooks star Lara Pulver) attracts Sherlock”s attention

Not only are our dynamic duo – Benedict Cumberbatch’s supersleuth and Martin Freeman’s Dr Watson – tackling the Hound Of The Baskervilles, but in A Scandal In Belgravia the only woman ever to have turned Sherlock’s head, Irene Adler (played by Spooks star Lara Pulver), appears.

Sherlock becomes obsessed with her and starts following her on Twitter.

‘She’s the one woman who ever caught his eye,’ says writer Steven Moffat.

‘Normally he avoids women because he knows they’ll distract him, but he’s met his match in her.

We’dlove to do 25 episodes a year, but getting everyone together even for three 90-minute episodes is tough. So that’s why we’ve tackled some of Sherlock’s biggest stories for this run.’

Sherlock, New Year’s Day, BBC1, 8.10pm.