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New episodes of ‘Sherlock’ start Sunday

Sherlock3-EpMainIf asked who is the busiest working actor at this time don’t guess George Clooney, Adam Sandler or Matt Damon. Their work schedules don’t compare to that of Martin Freeman. Those of you who are asking “Who is Martin Freeman” obviously you aren’t fans of “Love Actually.” He played one of the stand-ins for the adult film being shot as one of the multiple story lines.

At this moment, Freeman stars in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and starting Sunday, he reprises his role as Dr. Watson in the PBS “Masterpiece” series “Sherlock.” The third season features Benedict Cumberbatch as the quirky detective in three new 90-minute episodes — “The Empty Hearse” (Jan. 19), “The Sign of Three” (Jan. 26) and “His Last Vow” (Feb. 2). It can be seen at 10 p.m. on KVPT (Channel 18.1). The Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated “Sherlock” has been a hit for public television since the first season aired in 2010.

Freeman reveals some of the tidbits for the new season that includes a wedding, Watson finding out his best friend’s not dead and the arrival of a new villain.

“They’re some of the best scripts I have ever read. It’s a real, real pleasure to do the show,” Freeman says during interviews for his new series on FX, “Fargo.” Another job that’s keeping him busy.

Freeman has an ulterior motive for enjoying “Sherlock.” He gets to work with his wife, Amanda Abbington.

“I’ve worked a few times with Amanda before but nothing as sustained as this. We are playing partners on the show. I love it. It made the day go even quicker and even more enjoyable. We have a natural kind of chemistry and rhythm together that I love. I really appreciate that part of my day,” Freeman says.

He also likes that this modern telling of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tales has such a great balance of plot and characters.

Rumors have been circulating about a fourth season of “Sherlock.” Freeman seems to be caught off guard by the question. He’s read no new scripts and the schedules of all the cast — particularly Freeman — would make it hard to get everyone together for another round of mysteries. But, Freeman would be willing if time allows.

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