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Title revealed for Sherlock S3E3 – 'His Last Vow' * 19 July 2013

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The title for the final episode of Sherlock Series Three has finally been revealed - 'His Last Vow.'

The episode is written by Steven Moffat and will be directed by Nick Hurran. As teased by the cryptic three words revealed at the Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival last year, the episode title is a play upon the title of the canon short story 'His Last Bow' - the final chronological story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to feature Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson.

In addition, we can reveal that filming on S3E3: His Last Vow is set to begin on Monday July 29 2013, following a scheduled break in production that allowed Martin Freeman to complete filming on The Hobbit Trilogy. The date was first confirmed to Sherlockology by Production Designer Arwel Jones in May, during the final week of filming on S3E2: The Sign of Three.

The title for His Last Vow was spread throughout the repeat broadcast of Sherlock Series Two on BBC One in the UK, with individual letters appearing in the episode closed captioned subtitles in a different colour - this was why viewers from overseas were unable to take part in the game. UK viewers then had to piece the word together throughout the duration. Originally the intention was to reveal a word in each episode of the second series, but thanks to an initial delay due to Wimbledon, and then a further scheduled delay due to the forthcoming London Anniversary Games broadcast on Friday July 26 2013, the second two words were inserted into the repeat of The Hounds of Baskerville tonight - by the time The Reichenbach Fall is due to air on Friday August 2 2013, filming on His Last Vow would already be well underway.

As before, we are not able to publicise any location filming that we may become aware of ahead of time due to issues of confidentiality, and the possibility of impacting the work of the cast and crew. Large numbers of people standing in a crowd have the potential to affect the filming, and we will be trying our best to ensure the crew has a minimum of disruption.

So, to sum everything up, these are the titles for Sherlock Series Three, about to head into the final stretch of filming…

S3E1: The Empty Hearse
Written by Mark Gatiss, Directed by Jeremy Lovering

S3E2: The Sign of Three
Written by Steve Thompson, Directed by Colm McCarthy

S3E3: His Last Vow
Written by Steven Moffat, Directed by Nick Hurran