Sherlock (2010– )
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The Empty Hearse 

Mycroft calls Sherlock back to London to investigate an underground terrorist organization.

Director:

Jeremy Lovering

Writers:

Mark Gatiss, Arthur Conan Doyle (based on the works of) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Sherlock Holmes
Martin Freeman ... Dr. John Watson
Una Stubbs ... Mrs. Hudson
Rupert Graves ... DI Lestrade
Mark Gatiss ... Mycroft Holmes
Andrew Scott ... Jim Moriarty
Louise Brealey ... Molly Hooper
Amanda Abbington ... Mary Morstan
Jonathan Aris ... Anderson
David Fynn ... Howard Shilcott
Sharon Rooney ... Laura
Tomi May ... Torturer
Rick Warden ... Bonfire Dad
Trixiebell Harrowell Trixiebell Harrowell ... Zoe (as Trixiebelle Harrowell)
Lovelace Akpojaro Lovelace Akpojaro ... Reporter 1 (as Lace Akpojaro)
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Storyline

Two years after the devastating effects of The Reichenbach Fall, Dr John Watson has got on with his life. New horizons, romance and a comforting domestic future beckon; but, with London under threat of a huge terrorist attack, Sherlock Holmes is about to rise from the grave with all the theatricality that comes so naturally to him. It's what his best friend wanted more than anything, but for John Watson it might well be a case of 'be careful what you wish for'. If Sherlock thinks everything can be just as he left it though, he's in for a very big surprise. Written by BBC

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Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hartswood Films See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

John tells Sherlock that he is "The best and the wisest man [he's] ever known" this is a direct quote from the 1984 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes episode "The Final Problem". In "The Final Problem", however, Dr. Watson is narrating this line after he supposes Sherlock to have fallen off of the Reichenbach to his death. See more »

Goofs

The train shown on security footage is 1996 Stock train for Jubilee line. The wagon found by Sherlock and John is 1972 Stock for Bakerloo line. And the interior for that wagon was borrowed from D78 Stock for District line. See more »

Quotes

Mycroft Holmes: If you seem slow to me, Sherlock, can you imagine what real people are like? I'm living in a world of goldfish.
Sherlock Holmes: Yes, but I've been away for two years.
Mycroft Holmes: So?
Sherlock Holmes: Oh, I don't know. I thought, perhaps, you might have found yourself a... goldfish.
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, individual letters are coloured red. Together they spell Weng Chiang. See more »

Connections

References Scary Movie 5 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Do You Hear the People Sing?
(uncredited)
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg
Original French lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel
English lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
[Played during Mycroft's telephone conversation with Sherlock]
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A Marvelous Return of the great detective
2 January 2014 | by vaibhavkumar567See all my reviews

2 years is a pretty long time to wait for something so excellent.Being a big fan of the source material,I've followed this show from the beginning and this episode lived up to our expectations..the wait was worth it!We finally got an explanation to the riddle which had been bugging our minds so long.

Is there something better than Sherlock and Moriarty about to make out, and Sherlock's parents, and Sherlock's scarf, and Sherlock kissing Molly, and John repeatedly attacking Sherlock, and Anderson's first name?I think not. This was by far one of the best episode of this show and provided a full dose of spectacular performances by Benedict and Freeman with a script full of amazing wit,whizz and humour.Also the way Sherlock explains the fall is stunning and it opened with a breathtaking sequence. And hats off to the creators for such an excellent episode. It deserves a 10/10.


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