Martin Freeman Says ‘Sherlock’ Christmas Special Coming in 2015

Published 10 months ago by , Updated June 30th, 2014 at 9:53 pm,

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The downside of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman becoming so popular, is that it becomes that much more difficult to get them back together to shoot another season of Sherlock. However, as a way to make up for yet another two year break between seasons of the modernized take on the Sherlock Holmes property, Freeman has indicated that a Sherlock “one-shot” will be released – and more recently, he clarified that said one-off episode is likely to be a Christmas Special, arriving next year.

Sherlock co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss are busy putting the finishing touches on Doctor Who season 8 right now, as Freeman and Cumberbatch continue to work on various movie projects, make television show appearances and/or act on the stage. Freeman informed The Telegraph that the band getting back together for a bit of Sherlock filming in early 2015 “looks pretty likely,” but cautioned that production on season 4 will probably begin at a later time.

As mentioned before, if Freeman and company do find an opening in their collective schedules early next year, they’ll likely use that time to churn out a Sherlock one-off for a Holiday 2015 release. To quote Freeman:

“If that’s going to be a special – I’m speaking off-message here; if this was New Labour I’d get fired – I think that might be for next Christmas. A Christmas special. That’s what I understand.”

The Sherlock season 3 finale, “His Last Vow”, left the door wide-open for season 4, though it sounds as though the proposed Christmas special is unlikely to focus heavily on over-arching narrative developments for the show. Not to say that’s a problem, mind you; big chunks of season 3 were as much about the show’s characters as they were the larger mythology of the Sherlock universe, in no small because Sherlock, John, and their peers (Mycroft, Molly, etc.) are simply a delight to spend time with, no matter what they’re doing. A one-off adventure with them, as such, would be welcomed by many a fan of the series.

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Freeman, as you would’ve expected, mostly kept mum on any potential major developments in the series’ future, while he talked about the prospective Christmas special. However, he did note that although Moffat and Gatiss play “fast and loose with the original stories,” Sherlock generally “follows the trajectory” of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novels that inspired it. That’s not exactly the best news for certain characters on the show – specifically, Mary Morsten (played by Freeman’s real-world partner, Amanda Abbington).

The writing isn’t on the wall, though, so best to hold off jumping to conclusions about what lies ahead, for our intrepid sleuth and his companions in the season(s) ahead. In the meantime, it sounds as though Sherlock‘s principal players are close to locking in the dates for continuing their work on their series; hopefully, we’ll get a significant update (or two or three or more), before 2014 finishes its run.


Sherlock season 4 isn’t expected to arrive before 2016.

Source: The Telegraph

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  1. Season 3 was a real let down, in comparison to the first two seasons. I don’t know what happened with the writing, but I hope they can get back on track.

    • Couldn’t agree more with you !
      First 2 series are very clear and have a focus on 1 case !
      What happened was Moffat again ! I respect the man but he can’t control his ideas and always loses him self in multiple story lines and is all over the place !

      Same happened to Doctor Who !
      Great write but needs someone to control him ,otherwise he loses focus and stories are a real mess !

      • Enough the the Moffat hate already…first of all, Gatiss is CO-Executive Producer of Sherlock. You can’t blame anything you think is wrong with Series 3 just on the Moff. I personally thought the latest series was masterful. The whole arc with Mary is fantastic, it’s what carries the show from the beginning. And frankly, without Moffat, we wouldn’t have Sherlock to watch. Dude is a genius and I’d like to see you be a showrunner for two of the largest shows in the U.K. with some of the biggest fan bases in the world. And I’m convinced that the only reason people b*tch and moan about Series 7 of Doctor Who is the split in the episode’s and the change of companions. I’m sorry for the rant man but Moffat is no where near the problem for these shows…there is barely any problem at all in my eyes.

        • well said!

        • Well done!

  2. Binge watched it on Netflix after Series 3 was put on there, and it rapidly became one of my favorite television shows. The sooner the better, I’d say.

    • Same here! I also watched it on Netflix. Now Sherlock is one of my favorite shows ever. And, because each show is around 90 mins long (which, btw, is brilliant), I happen to like some episodes better than most feature films released in our theaters. Yes, it’s that good.
      Special thanks to Netflix for picking up the show. I can’t wait for season 4!

  3. Oh boy, Christmas special coming in a mere year & a half. And here I’m still trying to muster up enough interest to watch the rest of series 3. That wedding episode was the type of filler usually found in American sitcoms after they’ve been running 22 episodes a year for five years. Not to mention the mysteries on Sherlock, which should be the strongest part, have had stupid, disappointing reveals since the H.O.U.N.D. episode. And I’m growing weary of Cumberbatch, too. I guess this is my way of saying I don’t care about this show anymore.

    I still like Martin Freeman, however, and greatly prefer Fargo to this series. Much better written and far more entertaining.

  4. Freeman has always been a Chatty Cathy, last time he mentioned there would be a one-off Sherlock Christmas special THIS year when promoting Fargo, Gatiss shot it down by saying all the Christmas special talks were done by people having nothing to do with Sherlock; not sure if Gatiss deliberately ignored that’s actually from Freeman. I wouldn’t believe him this time either; best wait for the BBC’s official announcement.

    The writing for Season 3 was not as focused on the cases and deductions as the previous seasons, I hope they can back on track. I also find Freeman’s Watson very cold and sometimes rather OTT in S3, especially in S3E3, rather distracting, and this is coming from someone usually enjoys his performances very much.

  5. Christmas, New Years, heck I don’t care if it’s an Easter egg hunt, JUST GET ME MORE SHERLOCK!!!

  6. I just don’t get it. They film 3 episodes, 90 minutes each. How hard could it possibly be to find the time to film 4 1/2 hours?

    • It’s the planning and production that takes time. I’d guess that them filming a 3 episode serial that is around 4 to 5 hours takes about 2-3 months to shoot. That’d be a fifth to a quarter of a year to lock up Cumberbatch and Freeman. Like the article says, these guys are busy talents. And that’s a big chunk of time to make free to in your schedule, especially in the entertainment world today.