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Toby Jones is set to appear in the next series of BBC drama Sherlock, which is due to return to BBC One screens later this year.

“I’m excited and intrigued by the character I shall be playing in Sherlock…” – Toby Jones

Toby will star in the second episode of the three-part series, which started filming this week. Episode two will be directed by Nick Hurran, who was Emmy nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries for ‘His Last Vow‘ series three Sherlock episode.

Promising laughter, tears, shocks, surprises and extraordinary cases, it was announced last month that series four will begin – with the nation’s favourite detective, the mercurial Sherlock Holmes, back once more on British soil – as Doctor Watson and his wife, Mary, prepare for their biggest ever challenge – becoming parents for the first time.

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, which aired on New Year’s Day this year, was the most watched programme over the festive season with 11.6 million viewers and the highest-ever audience share for a Sherlock episode. The Victorian special was also released in thousands of cinemas around the world to complement the TV broadcast.

Sherlock is written by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The series stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Doctor John Watson.

“Delighted to have Toby Jones on board, bringing to life one of Doyle’s finest villains.” – Series co-creator, writer and executive producer Steven Moffat

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