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BBC One releases 'Sherlock' season 3 launch trailer

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I don't care how you faked it. I want to know why."

It's a great day to be a Sherlock fan. With just a few weeks to go until the highly-anticipated third season premieres in the U.K., BBC One released the official launch trailer for the upcoming three-episode installment of the hit show.

Just hours before the trailer went up, BBC One teased that Sherlock news was nigh, advising Twitter followers to stay tuned after this evening's episode of Strictly Come Dancing (Britain's Dancing With the Stars). What followed was a glorious minute-long trailer opening with John asking not how, but why Sherlock faked his death (though fans are more than eager to learn both).

Following some quick shots of returning supporting characters like Lestrade and Anderson (and John's new love, Mary Morstan), we get a glimpse of a very much alive Sherlock learning from brother Mycroft that John has moved on with his life in Sherlock's two-year absence.

"What life? I've been away," Sherlock responds, in that classic backhanded style of his that we've missed so much.

Other tidbits hinted at in the trailer are Mrs. Hudson presumably seeing Sherlock "return from the dead," a response no doubt being mimicked by flailing fans everywhere right about now, plus what appears to be the title character back in his crime-solving element and "get[ting] to know London again."

The goodies don't stop there, however. In addition to the regular trailer, BBC One also released an interactive trailer that allows viewers to unlock exclusive clips and photos. But beware if you're willing to venture into it, as spoilers await in the high-tech edition.

Sherlock returns to BBC One at 9 p.m. on New Year's Day. In the meantime, tide yourself over with 30 newly-released promotional photos (who's the mystery man in #14?). You can also catch the mini-episode Many Happy Returns on Christmas Day regardless of where you live. The season prequel will be available through the BBC's Red Button service and online.

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