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BBC's Sherlock teases with 7-minute mini-episode prequel, Sherlock lives

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Sherlock lives

Sherlock writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss' mini-episode "Many Happy Returns", which was released by BBC One on 12/24 ,was an early Christmas present to fans of the hit television show, who last saw the detective as he plummeted to his presumed death nearly two years ago in the shocking season finale "The Reichenbach Fall". If the 3 million plus views the Season 3 prequel has received since being uploaded by the BBC on Tuesday is indicative of the show's popularity, many are intrigued about Sherlock's return following season 2's conclusion in January of 2012.

In the 7-minute mini-episode, "Many Happy Returns", the incontestably brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes, played by the ubiquitous Benedict Cumberbatch, has been cracking cases in typical Sherlock Holmes fashion around the globe-- sans accepting the credit for solving the crimes. BBC's consultative detective has apparently survived the plunge he took from the top of a building at the end of Season 2 in "The Reichenbach Fall" and has been making his way back to Baker Street as suggested in a conversation between Rupert Graves (DI Greg Lestrade) and Jonathan Aris (Anderson) in the Season 3 prequel.

Questions remain as season 3 approaches

Sherlock's crime stopping duo of Sherlock Holmes and his dutiful sidekick Dr. John H. Watson (Martin Freeman) return to the BBC this January 1st (January 19th in the US), and as the Season 3 premiere approaches, questions loom. The mini-episode helps bridge the gap during the two-year hiatus, giving fans of the show an idea of where the detective has been since his apparent suicide in the shocking season 2 finale, but questions remain. How did the detective survive the fall? Was it even Holmes that was seen by Dr. Watson falling from the building? Will the clue that writer Steven Moffat claims "everybody's missed" in his interview with The Guardian be revealed in the season 3 premiere "The Empty Hearse"? Tune in this January to find out.

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