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Track Sherlock: BBC 'Sherlock' episode 'Many Happy Returns' drops Christmas Eve

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Intro: The "Sherlock" mini-episode dropped on the online on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2013. It included plenty of tongue-in-cheek references that fans of actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will appreciate. It played like an extended "Sherlock" trailer, giving watchers of the show something to chew on until season three of the BBC show goes up on Jan. 19, 2014.

Twas the Night Before Christmas' read by Benedict Cumberbatch

"Sherlock" Episode Online: Some Fun Facts

The "Sherlock" mini-episode is worth watching without spoilers, but die-hard fans of the show will enjoy the following wink-wink, nod-nods to not only the actors' lives, but to some cultural references as well, including the following:

  • Sherlock sightings like he's Elvis
  • A nod to actor Benedict Cumberbatch's real-life stay in a Buddhist monastery
  • A Sherlock tracker -- a humorous acknowledgement of the fact that the "Sherlock" episode aired online on Christmas Eve, the same night that people everywhere are following the Norad Santa tracker
  • Even the Trepoff case in the "Sherlock" episode online is probably a nod to "The Reichenbach Fall" episode of season two and a play on words in German. (The "Reichenbach" episode had a number of references to German culture.) Anyway, one of the German words for "step" is "Treppe" as in Sherlock stepped off a building -- Trepoff

Watch the "Sherlock" mini-episode by clicking on the video at the top of the screen.

You can order "Sherlock" season one and season two online.

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