Type
Scripted
Premiered
Jul. 25, 2010
Status
Returning Series
Runtime
90 min.
Country
UK
Network
BBC One TV Network

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Sherlock (UK) - 03x01 The Empty Hearse

3x01 The Empty Hearse

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4.59/5 (44 votes)
First Aired: Jan. 01, 2014 on BBC One
Summary: A couple of years after the shocking effects of The Reichenbach Fall, Dr John Watson has managed to move on with his life. London is under threat of a huge terrorist attack and Sherlock Holmes is about to rise from the grave with all the theatricality that comes so easily to him.

Main Characters in this Episode


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Guest Stars

Howard Shilcott played by David Fynn
Laura played by Sharon Rooney
Torturer played by Tomi May
Bonfire Dad played by Rick Warden
Zoe played by Trixiebell Harrowell
Reporter 1 played by Lovelace Akpojaro
Reporter 2 played by Jim Conway (IX)
Reporter 3 played by Nicole Arumugam

Episode Quotes

Sherlock Holmes: Fancy some chips? I know a fantastic fish shop just off the Marlament road the owner always gives me extra portions.
Molly Hooper: Did you get him off a murder charge?
Sherlock Holmes: Nope, I helped him put up some shelves.
Torturer: You broke in here for a reason. Just tell us why and you can sleep. Remember sleep? Huh?... What? [the captive whispers in his ear]
Mycroft Holmes: [In disguise] Well? What did he say?
Torturer: He said that I used to work in the Navy, where I had an unhappy love affair. That the electricity isn't working in my bathroom... and that my wife is sleeping with our next door neighbor, the coffin maker. And if I go home now I'll catch them at it. [Runs out of the interrogation room] I knew it! I knew there was something going on!
Dr. John Watson: You'd have to be an idiot not to see it. You love it.
Sherlock Holmes: Love what?
Dr. John Watson: Being back. Being Sherlock Holmes.
Sherlock Holmes: I don't even know what that's supposed to mean.

Mistakes/Goofs

  • Goof (continuity error): The train shown on security footage is 1996 Stock train for Jubilee line. The wagon found by Sherlock and John is 1972 Stock for Bakerloo line. And the interior for that wagon was borrowed from D78 Stock for District line.
  • Goof (crew or equipment visible): Towards the end, when Sherlock and Mary are driving to save John, a brief scene before they arrive at the police barricade clearly shows a shadow of the camera/crew on the ground.

Trivia

  • Some of the scenes revealing how Sherlock faked his own death were filmed during production of "Sherlock" (2010) {The Reichenbach Fall (#2.3)}. Still, according to an interview with Benedict Cumberbatch on The Graham Norton Show (UK), much of it was re-shot for this episode. And as before, Benedict Cumberbatch performed the rooftop jump stunts himself.
  • SPOILER: Two of the clients that come to visit Sherlock Holmes are a stepfather and stepdaughter. The stepdaughter is concerned about the sudden disappearance of her on-line admirer with whom she had regular contact. Sherlock deduces that the stepfather had been using an avatar on the internet to keep tabs on his stepdaughter's actions. This is a reference to Arthur Conan Doyle's short story 'A Case Of Identity'.
  • SPOILER: Sumatra Road tube station does not exist and was fabricated for the story. Sumatra Road itself does exist and is approximately five miles away from the Palace of Westminster. There is, however an underground station near Sumatra Road called North End (colloquially known as 'The Bull and Bush') which was built but never opened to the public due to planning issues above ground.
  • The six digit code that is used to detonate the explosives is 051113 - the date of the planned attack (5 November 2013).
  • SPOILER: Sherlock's parents are played by Benedict Cumberbatch's real-life parents, Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton.
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