Sherlock (2010– )
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The Empty Hearse 

Mycroft calls Sherlock back to London to investigate an underground terrorist organization.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Fynn ...
Howard Shilcott
Tomi May ...
Bonfire Dad
Trixiebell Harrowell ...
Zoe (as Trixiebelle Harrowell)
Lovelace Akpojaro ...
Reporter 1 (as Lace Akpojaro)


Two years after the devastating effects of The Reichenbach Fall, Dr John Watson has got on with his life. New horizons, romance and a comforting domestic future beckon; but, with London under threat of a huge terrorist attack, Sherlock Holmes is about to rise from the grave with all the theatricality that comes so naturally to him. It's what his best friend wanted more than anything, but for John Watson it might well be a case of 'be careful what you wish for'. If Sherlock thinks everything can be just as he left it though, he's in for a very big surprise. Written by BBC

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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19 January 2014 (USA)  »

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Watson's fiancée, Mary Morstan, is played by Amanda Abbington, the real-life partner of Martin Freeman. See more »


Sherlocke's tombstone appears to have changed locations between this episode and the series two finale. In the latter, the tombstone stands somewhat isolated, in front of a huge tree, with no more tombs around. In "The Empty Hearse", however, the tombstone stands behind the tree, in the middle of an opening, with several other tombstones around. See more »


Dr. John Watson: Well, I've got some news.
Mrs. Hudson: Oh, God. Is it serious?
Dr. John Watson: What? No. No, I'm not ill. I've, er... well I'm... moving on.
Mrs. Hudson: You're emigrating.
Dr. John Watson: Nope, er, no, I've, er... I've met someone.
Mrs. Hudson: Oh! Oh, lovely!
Dr. John Watson: Yeah. We're getting married. Well, I'm gonna ask, anyway.
Mrs. Hudson: So soon after Sherlock?
Dr. John Watson: Hm, well, yes...
Mrs. Hudson: What's his name?
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, individual letters are coloured red. Together they spell Weng Chiang. See more »


References Scary Movie 5 (2013) See more »


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Written by David Arnold and Michael Price
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Too much nodding, too little story
23 January 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I only gave "The Empty Hearse" 6 stars for the effort and out of respect for the actors, who did the best they could with a very poor script. The episode seemed like endless nodding to Sherlock's fans. The writers spent so much time nodding that they forgot to actually look at the characters and notice what they were doing. And they were not doing much. Sharp concise dialogue of Sherlock Series 1 becomes in "The Empty Hearse" either syrupy squirts of sentimentality or a parody of itself. Since the camera-work was gone out of the series by Season 2, there is no need to mention it here. However, the creators thought it wise to eliminate the iconic music from Sherlock this time as well. In short, whereas in Season 1 and partially 2 Gatiss and Moffat treated the characters as real, complex, multi-faceted people, here they decided to turn them into caricatures of themselves.

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