By James Hibberd
December 04, 2013 at 12:00 PM EST

Yesterday the BBC announced its premiere date for the return of Sherlock: Jan. 1. The great news for U.S. fans is that means there’s a much smaller gap this season before PBS Masterpiece launches the series over here starting Jan. 19. You just have to stay entirely off the Internet for nearly three weeks to avoid all spoilers. Right? Because there’s no other possible way to watch the new Sherlock episodes after they air in the UK and before they air stateside … right?

In the meantime, here’s 9 photos from the upcoming season 3: