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BBC recommissions Sherlock for second series

The show was a hit with critics and audiences, drawing an average of 7.2 million viewers per episode

The BBC has recommissioned the hit detective show Sherlock for a second series, BBC One controller Jay Hunt confirmed on Saturday at the Edinburgh Television Festival.

The modern-day version of Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle's novel, Sherlock Holmes, was developed by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. Three 90-minute episodes - A Study In Pink, The Blind Banker and The Great Game - aired on BBC One earlier this summer drew an average 7.2 million viewers and were well received by critics.

The new episodes of the recommissioned show, which are to be aired in autumn 2011, are yet to be filmed.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will continue to play the roles of Holmes and Dr Watson respectively.

The show's co-creators Gatiss and Moffat said they could not wait to begin work on the three new adventures. "There'll be baffling new puzzles, old friends and new enemies - whether on two or four legs," they said.

Hunt added that the psychological crime drama television series, Luther, has also been recommissioned for two 2-hour specials.