Sherlock’s second run to begin on BBC One

London: Crime drama Sherlock will soon begin its second series on BBC One, the channel confirmed as part of a raft of new commissions.

Its three-part first series, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in a contemporary take on the classic detective, attracted around nine million viewers.

Creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat have promised "baffling new puzzles, old friends and new enemies" in three new episodes due in autumn 2011.

"Sherlock was the hit of the summer, Luther the most memorable new detective on the block,” the BBC quoted BBC One controller Jay Hunt as saying.

"I am delighted they will both be returning to BBC One," he added.

A two-part adaptation of Sebastian Faulks`s acclaimed novel ‘Birdsong’, set during World War I, will be brought to the screen by award-winning writer Abi Morgan, while Welsh comedian Rhod Gilbert is to present his own comedy panel show.