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Martin Freeman ALMOST missed out on Sherlock role - because he was mugged before the audition!

Martin Freeman ALMOST missed out on Sherlock role - because he was mugged before the audition!

Brace yourselves to feel extremely sorry for British actor Martin Freeman, because he almost - almost - missed out on working with the gorgeous Benedict Cumberbatch, after he was mugged right before his audition for Sherlock role John Watson.

Speaking to Radio Times ahead of the third series of the hit BBC1 show, Martin explained that his first ever meeting with the casting team was almost ruined when he was attacked in the street for his wallet.

"I'll admit maybe I was a bit stressed. But a week later my agent rang and said, 'Listen, this Sherlock thing, they're sort of under the impression you weren't that into it.'

"And I said, 'Oh … I am really interested. Please call them and let them know that I am interested.'"

Luckily for every fan of the show, Martin's next audition went much better.

"So I came in again, read with Benedict and it instantly worked, it seemed to me … I thought he was a fantastic actor and there was something about our rhythms, similarities and differences that meant that it just happened."

Huzzah! Sherlock returns on New Year's Day at 9pm and WE CAN'T WAIT.

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The first episode will air on Sunday 15th December
The first episode will air on Sunday 15th December
The first episode will air on Sunday 15th December
 
The first episode will air on Sunday 15th December

Well, at the London British Film Institute anyway. The BBC still haven't said when it'll be on TV. CANCEL ALL YOUR CHRISTMAS PLANS JUST IN CASE.

Someone's getting married
Someone's getting married
Someone's getting married
 
Someone's getting married

It's widely thought to be Watson and Mary's, but what if it's Lestrade and Anderson's? Or Sherlock and Molly?! Martin's real and actual wife Amanda Abbington will be starring in all three episodes, so make of that what you will. CAN'T. WAIT.

The three new episodes have been named
The three new episodes have been named
The three new episodes have been named
 
The three new episodes have been named

The Empty Hearse, written by Mark Gatiss, will kick things off, followed by the Stephen Thompson-penned The Sign of Three and then Steven Moffat's finale, His Last Vow. The writers have revealed three key words pertaining to the new series, and these are: rat, wedding, bow. Intriguing.

Watson sports a rather marvellous moustache
Watson sports a rather marvellous moustache
Watson sports a rather marvellous moustache
 
Watson sports a rather marvellous moustache

Martin Freeman has been quietly Movembering away since the start of the year to produce this wonderful mid-70s 'tache. We bow down to you, Martin Freeman, and your superior facial hair.

The Homeless Network are all on Twitter
The Homeless Network are all on Twitter
The Homeless Network are all on Twitter
 
The Homeless Network are all on Twitter

And that's how they find out Sherlock's alive. Does this mean what we think it means? WILL BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH BE GETTING HIS OWN TWITTER AT LONG LAST?

Lars Mikkelsen plays Sherlock's new nemesis
Lars Mikkelsen plays Sherlock's new nemesis
Lars Mikkelsen plays Sherlock's new nemesis
 
Lars Mikkelsen plays Sherlock's new nemesis

After the unfortunate demise of Jim Moriarty (played by Andrew Scott), you'd think Sherlock could rest easy for a bit. NOPE. Lars, star of The Killing, steps in as Charles Augustus Magnussen, thought to be based on the character of Charles Augustus Milverton from the original books.

The story picks up TWO YEARS after Sherlock's supposed death
The story picks up TWO YEARS after Sherlock's supposed death
The story picks up TWO YEARS after Sherlock's supposed death
 
The story picks up TWO YEARS after Sherlock's supposed death

According to the BBC: "Two years after the devastating effects of The Reichenbach Fall, Dr John Watson has got on with his life. For Watson, 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'. #SherlockLives.

If Sherlock thinks everything will be just as he left it though, he’s in for a very big surprise…

GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH
GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH
GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH
 
GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH

*Cries*

 
 

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