‘Sherlock’ One-Off Special Episode May Air Before Season 4

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Between Doctor Who, Downton Abbey and Sherlock, there’s no denying that the popularity of British TV series around the world has been on the rise the last five years. So much so, in fact, that the actors on those series have become increasingly in demand, leaving many of them with the decision to either stay on their current series or make the leap across the pond for greater success in Hollywood.

Luckily, Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have made the choice to continue filming their hit BBC series abroad while also pursuing their careers in the United States. Freeman currently stars in FX’s new series Fargo, and both he and Cumberbatch will next appear in the recently renamed The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

So for the moment at least, there seems to be little time for the two actors to film the highly anticipated season 4 of Sherlock. Yet, thanks to Cultbox, we know that in an upcoming appearance on British talkshow Alan Carr: Chatty Man, Freeman hinted there could still be hope for fans to see something sooner rather than later

Here’s what Freeman said:

“Mark Gatiss may beat me up, but there is an idea for this one-off special that’s such a good idea, and as I was listening to it I thought ‘we’ve just got to do this.’ And I don’t know when we are going to be able to do it, unfortunately. It’s a fantastic, really mouth-watering idea. But I really don’t know when we are going to get to do it.”

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The plan had been to begin filming the fourth season of Sherlock this fall for 2016, but just last week, Freeman admitted to The Guardian that the idea had “fallen away” due to scheduling issues. It’s also likely those episodes haven’t been written yet since creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have been busy with other projects, even though they said earlier this year that the next two season are already planned out.

Moffat also recently told reporters he saw no point in creating a Sherlock movie when he could instead make three feature-length episodes that could be shown in theaters. It’s safe to say this special, basically a TV movie, doesn’t exactly fit that criteria. At this point, as long as it doesn’t delay or hinder the next season, I think fans will agree some Sherlock is better than none until the actors are able to put in more time.

What are your thoughts, Screen Rant readers?


Sherlock season 4 is currently scheduled for sometime in 2016.

Source: Cultbox (via IGN), The Guardian

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  1. I always thought it would be cool, if in-between the 2 year brakes between seasons. If everyone got together for a week or two and shoot a little mini episode, like 30 or 45 minutes. That way they don’t have to invest 3 or more months to to a season or even a month to do a one off, full length episode. It would also be like the stories where some would be really short while there were also the longer length stories.

    • I find it funny that we think a “mini” episode for Sherlock is a full length episode for most tv shows x)

  2. The more, the better as far as I’m concerned with this brilliant show

  3. Why not split the filming up for series 4? film one episode this year if possible and then the other two next year ? there is no rule saying you have to do it all it once they did it last year when they took that gap in the summer between filming season 3.

  4. As long as the one off special is as good as the episodes and not some filler comedy involving the characters. But if it was, I don’t know why they’d make a special in the first place.

    Whatever, I’ll still watch it.

  5. More Sherlock? Yes.

  6. Isn’t it a little early to be talking about a special movie when the earliest any of this will happen is two years from now?

  7. I’m pretty sure I posted a comment on this site in mid-January stating that the BBC are rumoured to be trying to get the Sherlock writers, cast and crew together to film a Christmas special, preferably to be aired this year since ITV killed them in the Christmas Day ratings with Downton Abbey’s Christmas special.

    This article is pretty much just confirming it 3 months after I first gave details.

  8. Yes please.

  9. Just more Sherlock please. I don’t care how or why. Just more. Thanks!

  10. Please let this special involve an actual case! Although I enjoyed season 3, I liked it a lot less than the prior seasons. I felt the character driven episodes were extremely light when it came to giving Holmes and Watson a decent and engaging mystery to solve.

  11. Who would refuse any extra Sherlock, I mean really? Please, I’ll take even a 1/2 hour show rather than wait another 12 years for the next season…

    • LOL! Well said.

  12. While I miss the dickens out of Sherlock, I would rather watch and rewatch seasons 1, 2 and 3 in the meantime because absence makes the heart grow fonder and the wait will only increase the appreciation for a great series.

  13. You do realise that Sherlock season 4 is still scheduled for 2015,they can shoot 3 1 hour and 30 minute episodes in the space of a year if it takes Doctor Who 9 months to film 13 30 minute episodes

  14. 2016?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!

  15. These two men deserve their success but c’mon guys this show is something special. If the writers are still clicking we can only beg you to do more seasons. This is me begging.

  16. I don’t see why you can’t air some of the episodes in 2015. We have been waiting for a long time already why make the wait longer?

  17. I really can’t wait until the next series comes out, I think it would be a good idea to do a few short episodes of the smaller cases that John blogs about.

  18. Being a Sherlock fan sure is hard what with all of the painful cliffhangers and 2 year waits.