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Sherlock mystery to be solved in New Year’s Day episode

There have been numerous theories circulating since Sherlocks apparent death, but all will be revealed in the new series. Picture: PA Photo/BBC/Hartswood Films/Robert Viglasky. There have been numerous theories circulating since Sherlocks apparent death, but all will be revealed in the new series. Picture: PA Photo/BBC/Hartswood Films/Robert Viglasky.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
9:00 AM

One of the greatest mysteries in modern TV history will be solved today, as millions of fans tune in to watch the first episode of the new series of Sherlock.

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The final episode of the last series left viewers aghast as Benedict Cumberbatch’s character leapt from a building and lay seemingly dead on the pavement, before turning up again at his own grave.

Ever since the show aired, speculation has been rife, with the rubber ball theory and rubbish truck hypothesis being among the most popular.

Making up theories is “much more fun than being told”, said the show’s co-creator, Steven Moffat, and his partner on the show, Mark Gatiss, has admitted the hype from the fans put pressure on them to come up with a suitable solution.

He said: “We knew right from the start how we were going to do it.

“But we had absolutely no idea it would take on the epic proportions it has so that really by the time we came to actually do it we really had to address the fact it had become so huge and there are only so many ways you can jump off a building onto the pavement.”

• Sherlock: The Empty Hearse is on BBC1 at 9pm this evening.

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