FIRST LOOK: Sherlock is back – and a bloodhound's joined the team

(Image credit: Copyright: Hartswood Films 2016.)

The BBC has released the first picture from the new series of Sherlock. The sleuth has enlisted the services of a bloodhound to track someone down...

The first image from the new three-part series of BBC1's Sherlock has been released – and Sherlock Holmes appears to have enlisted the services of a bloodhound.

Bloodhounds are renowned for their ability to follow human scents over great distances, but with no more information available, the question is – who is Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) trying to locate or track?

Filming on the three feature-length episodes of series four began in May and one of the storylines involves Doctor Watson (Martin Freeman) and his wife, Mary (Amanda Abbington), preparing for their biggest challenge – becoming parents for the first time.

Co-creators and writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss commented: “Sherlock series four - here we go again! Whatever else we do, wherever we all go, all roads lead back to Baker Street – and it always feels like coming home.

"Ghosts of the past are rising in the lives of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson bringing adventure, romance and terror in their wake. This is the story we’ve been telling from the beginning. A story about to reach its climax...”

Sherlock and bloodhound

(Image credit: Copyright: Hartswood Films 2016.)


Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.