Mark Gatiss has confirmed that the first episode of the third series of the BBC’s “Sherlock” will be called “The Empty Hearse”.
This is expected to be an adaptation “The Adventure Of The Empty House,” Doyle’s first story following the seeming death of Holmes at Reichenbach Falls.
Gatiss says: “There’s certain things about The Adventure Of The Empty House which feel set in stone, because that’s how Sherlock comes back. At the same time we feel free to invent and to introduce new stuff to it.”
The assassin Colonel Sebastian Moran, an employee of Moriarty, is the main villain of Doyle’s story. In the book, he is one of the few who knows that Holmes survived. He sets out to kill him when he re-emerges at 221B Baker Street via firing an air rifle from a house across the street.