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MASTERPIECE: Sherlock: Season 4

Sherlock (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH) with a bloodhound.
Courtesy of Robert Viglasky/Hartswood Films for MASTERPIECE
Sherlock (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH) with a bloodhound.

Airs Sunday, Aug. 5-19, 2018 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

SHERLOCK Season 4 promises laughter, tears, shocks, surprises and some extraordinary adventures. #SherlockPBS

Season 4 begins with the nation’s favorite detective, the mercurial Sherlock Holmes, back once more on British soil, as Doctor Watson and his wife Mary prepare for their biggest challenge yet: becoming parents.

Benedict Cumberbatch said he was “genuinely thrilled to be back filming Sherlock with all the cast and crew. I can't wait for everyone to see season four. But you will have to wait...though not for long...And it will be worth it.”

Co-creators, writers and executive producers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss say: “SHERLOCK series 4 - here we go again! Whatever else we do, wherever we all go, all roads lead back to Baker Street - and it always feels like coming home. Ghosts of the past are rising in the lives of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson bringing adventure, romance and terror in their wake. This is the story we’ve been telling from the beginning and it’s about to reach its climax.”

Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of MASTERPIECE on PBS says, “This is the kind of news that has our audience cheering. Along with our millions of fans, I can’t wait to see what the boys do next.”

Sue Vertue, executive producer, Hartswood Films says: “It's taken a while to gather everyone together for series four but I can confidently say I think it will be well worth the wait!”

EPISODE GUIDE:

Episode 1: "The Six Thatchers" repeats Sunday, Aug. 5 at 9 p.m. - Sherlock waits to see where Moriarty will make his posthumous move. One mysterious case in particular baffles Scotland Yard — but Sherlock is more interested in a seemingly trivial detail. Why is someone destroying images of the late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher? Is there a madman on the loose? Or is there a much darker purpose at work? Something with its roots deep in Mary Watson's past…

Benedict Cumberbatch returns as Sherlock Holmes, with Martin Freeman as John Watson, Mark Gatiss as Mycroft Holmes, Rupert Graves as Inspector Lestrade, Una Stubbs as Mrs Hudson, Amanda Abbington as Mary Watson and Louise Brealey as Molly Hooper.

Mary Watson (AMANDA ABBINGTON), Sherlock Holmes (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH) and John Watson (MARTIN FREEMAN). SHERLOCK Season 4 premieres Jan. 1, 2017 on MASTERPIECE on PBS.
Courtesy of Robert Viglasky/Hartswood Films 2016 for MASTERPIECE
Mary Watson (AMANDA ABBINGTON), Sherlock Holmes (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH) and John Watson (MARTIN FREEMAN). SHERLOCK Season 4 premieres Jan. 1, 2017 on MASTERPIECE on PBS.

Episode 2: "The Lying Detective" repeats Sunday, Aug. 12 at 9 p.m. - In episode 2 of this new series, written by Steven Moffat, Sherlock faces perhaps the most chilling enemy of his long career: the powerful and seemingly unassailable Culverton Smith (Toby Jones) - a man with a very dark secret indeed.

Culverton Smith (TOBY JONES). SHERLOCK Season 4 premieres Jan. 1, 2017 on MASTERPIECE on PBS.
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Culverton Smith (TOBY JONES). SHERLOCK Season 4 premieres Jan. 1, 2017 on MASTERPIECE on PBS.

Episode 3: "The Final Problem" repeats Sunday, Aug. 19 at 9 p.m. - In this episode, written by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, long-buried secrets catch up with the Baker Street duo. Someone has been playing a long game indeed and Sherlock and Watson face their greatest ever challenge. Is the game finally over?

D.I. Lestrade (RUPERT GRAVES), Mary Watson (AMANDA ABBINGTON), John Watson (MARTIN FREEMAN), Mrs Hudson (UNA STUBBS), Mycroft Holmes (MARK GATISS), Sherlock Holmes (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH) and Molly Hooper (LOUISE BREALEY).
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D.I. Lestrade (RUPERT GRAVES), Mary Watson (AMANDA ABBINGTON), John Watson (MARTIN FREEMAN), Mrs Hudson (UNA STUBBS), Mycroft Holmes (MARK GATISS), Sherlock Holmes (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH) and Molly Hooper (LOUISE BREALEY).

WATCH ON YOUR SCHEDULE:

All three episodes are available for streaming on demand with KPBS Passport, video streaming for members ($60 yearly) using your computer, smartphone, tablet, Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire or Chromecast. Learn how to activate your benefit now.

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CREDITS:

The first of the three feature length episodes will be directed by Rachel Talalay, who has worked as a director, producer, and professor in film and television for more than 25 years having previously directed DOCTOR WHO, THE FLASH and "The Wind In The Willows."

Written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Produced by Sue Vertue and the executive producers are Beryl Vertue, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat for Hartswood Films, Bethan Jones for BBC Cymru Wales and Rebecca Eaton for MASTERPIECE.