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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

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Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

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