Arts and Entertainment John and Sherlock look pensive in 'The Sign of Three'

The third series of Sherlock has become the most-watched drama run in over a decade, the BBC said today.

Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch backstage at the 25th annual Producers Guild of America Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel

Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jr compare Sherlock notes

Actors had 'a lot to talk about'

Sherlock played by Benedict Cumberbatch as he appears in the third series of the show, which has been a massive hit worldwide

China falls in love with Sherlock as ‘People’s Daily’ calls it exquisite

Zhou Yeling couldn’t wait until 7am for a long-awaited date with her favourite Englishman.

Lars Mikkelsen as the newspaper proprietor Charles Augustus Magnussen

Not even Sherlock is justified in killing an evil press baron

It's quite a stretch to turn the detective into gun-toting vigilante

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Holmes and Watson in Sherlock

Sherlock phenomenon a 'vanity project' says creator Steven Moffat

The popular BBC detective show began life as a 'surprise hit' that took off

Book review: 'Barcelona Shadows' by Marc Pastor; trans. Mara Faye Lethem

A horrific yet riveting piece of Catalan Gothic that is as gruesome as it is gripping

Sherlock Holmes is portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in the BBC series

Sherlock writers plot fourth and fifth series

The nation's favourite detective should be back in our living rooms again soon

Peanut and Curly Fu, or do we mean Martin Freeman as John Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes?

Chinese fans give Sherlock and Watson bizarre nicknames and hail Benedict Cumberbatch as erotic icon

Introducing the affectionate Chinese terms of...Curly Fu and Peanut

Martin Freeman as John Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock series 3: Nearly 10m tune in to watch series three opening episode

The first episode of series three generated more than 300,000 posts on Twitter

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes in the new series of the BBC drama

Sherlock series 3: Fans react on Twitter

There was a flood of fan posts amid some critical and more amusing commentaries...

Benedict Cumberbatch in the new season opener

Sherlock 'The Empty Hearse' review: So, how did the great detective fake his own death?

A thoroughly satisfying season opener

Michael Adebolajo (left) and Michael Adebowale are accused of murdering Fusilier Rigby as he returned to barracks

Lee Rigby murder trial: 'Great' Islam is not in trial, jurors told, as judge says nothing in Michael Adebolajo's evidence amounts to a murder charge defence

Prosecutor Richard Whittam says what the men did was 'indefensible in the law of this country'

Brotherly love: the central question of Sherlock is what exactly is the nature of the relationship between Holmes and Watson?

Sherlock Holmes: Boy story bromance

The fine bromance between Sherlock Holmes and Watson has gripped TV viewers but, says Patrick Strudwick, it's less about sex and more about love between straight men

An interactive Sherlock series 3 trailer has been released by the BBC

Sherlock series 3: Interactive trailer launched

Spoiler alert: Longer BBC trailer premieres on TV with more exclusive clips online

Two's company: Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Holmes and Watson in 'Sherlock'

Sherlock series 3: New plot details revealed before drama airs in January

London is under threat from a huge terrorist attack in the first episode

David Suchet as Hercule Poirot in 'Curtain'

Poirot - TV review: David Suchet bows out by playing the killer for a change

It wasn’t exactly The Killing or Broadchurch as the Belgian sleuth turned unlikely vigilante for his final episode

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