Many Happy Returns (Sherlock)

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"Many Happy Returns"
Sherlock episode
Written by Mark Gatiss
Steven Moffat
Featured music David Arnold
Michael Price
Original air date 24 December 2013 (2013-12-24)
Running time 7 minutes 12 seconds
Guest actors

Jonathan Aris as Anderson
Laura Dale as blonde drug smuggler

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"Many Happy Returns" is a mini-episode of the British television programme Sherlock. The episode is available via BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button service, and BBCs YouTube channel,[1] and acts as a prelude to the third series.[2][3]


The synopsis for the mini episode reads: "A series of seemingly unconnected crimes stretching from Tibet to India to Germany. Sherlock Holmes has been gone for two years. But someone isn't quite convinced that he's dead..."[2] [4] This refers to Philip Anderson, a recurring character in the series. He tried to convince Greg Lestrade, another detective, by telling him about certain events that took place in Tibet, India, Germany, and other locations. However, Lestrade was convinced that Sherlock was dead, and tells Anderson he should stop investigating. Lestrade went to visit John, who has moved out of Baker Street since Sherlock's death. He gave John some of Sherlock's old items, including a video message from John's birthday. In the message Sherlock states that he will see John very soon and tells him to have a good birthday without him as he is 'busy'.


  • In the "Trepoff murder" case, a jury is shown deliberating on the defendant's guilt in a Hamburg court. In fact, as the German judicial system is (and has been for two millennia) based on Roman law, not Anglo-Saxon law, there is no jury system in Germany. Criminal trials are decided by a court consisting of professional judges and additional lay judges.[5]


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