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MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! Sherlock, Season Two - The Hounds Of Baskerville

Airs Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Martin Freeman as Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock in "The Hounds Of Baskerville."

The struggle goes on in 21st-century London as the updated team of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson battle the worst that modern criminality has to offer, including a computer-savvy arch-villain who wants to rule the world. MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! presents SHERLOCK, Season Two, airing in three thrilling episodes "A Scandal In Belgravia" (repeats Aug. 30, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.), "The Hounds Of Baskerville" (repeats Aug. 30, 2015 at 8 p.m.) and "The Reichenbach Fall" (repeats Aug. 30, 2015 at 9:30 p.m.).

Andrew Scott as as the mousy mastermind of evil, Jim Moriarty, in season two of SHERLOCK.
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Above: Andrew Scott as as the mousy mastermind of evil, Jim Moriarty, in season two of SHERLOCK.

Russell Tovey as Henry Knight in "The Hounds Of Baskerville."
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Above: Russell Tovey as Henry Knight in "The Hounds Of Baskerville."

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Benedict Cumberbatch ("War Horse," THE LAST ENEMY) returns as the world’s foremost consulting detective, with Martin Freeman ("The Hobbit," THE OFFICE UK) as the stalwart, if edgy, Dr. John Watson, and Andrew Scott ("Lennon Naked") as the unassuming mastermind of evil, Jim Moriarty.

Guest stars for the new season include Lara Pulver (TRUE BLOOD) as Irene Adler, the only woman who ever kindled the embers of passion in Holmes; and Russell Tovey (LITTLE DORRIT) as the character who speaks the immortal line, “Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!” Except the hound he means is not just big.

The returning cast includes Rupert Graves (THE FORSYTE SAGA, "God on Trial") as Inspector Lestrade, the man nominally in charge of crime solving in London; Mark Gatiss (SENSE & SENSIBILITY) as Sherlock’s cloak-and-dagger older brother, Mycroft; and Una Stubbs (TILL DEATH US DO PART) as Sherlock’s infinitely patient landlady, Mrs. Hudson.

Each of the three episodes in the new season is pegged to a classic Sherlock Holmes story by Arthur Conan Doyle—delightfully, weirdly, wittily, and briskly updated, of course.

"The Hounds Of Baskerville" airs Sunday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. (originally aired in 2012) - In the second episode of season two, Sherlock and Watson pursue the trail of the Baskerville experiments — top-secret government research on genetically engineered gigantic animals for military use. Or so it is rumored. Whatever the truth, something big is up on the moors.

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