Cumberbatch's 'Sherlock' returning to PBS Jan. 19


LOS ANGELES (AP) — PBS says the "Sherlock" series with Benedict Cumberbatch will return in January, paired with "Downton Abbey."

Season three of the modern Sherlock Holmes mystery series will begin Sunday, Jan. 19, PBS said Wednesday. It was previously announced that the fourth season of "Downton Abbey" will debut Sunday, Jan 5.

Although the latest edition of hit period drama "Downton" already is under way in Britain, PBS said it has scheduled "Sherlock" closer to its U.K. run. The British air date has yet to be announced.

"Downton Abbey," about the lives and loves of landed gentry and their servants, will be preceded by a Dec. 1 special, "Return to Downton Abbey." Hosted by Susan Sarandon, it will offer a look at past seasons and a peek at the one ahead.