‘Sherlock’ Showrunners Close In On Season 4 Air Date; Debunk Movie Rumors

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Mark Gatiss and Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock season 3 Sherlock Showrunners Close In On Season 4 Air Date; Debunk Movie Rumors

Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss are all very busy people. Freeman is currently the face of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy as well as FX’s Fargo TV series; Cumberbatch is involved with multiple movie projects and also has a full-time job fighting rumors that he’s going to be in the new Star Wars trilogy; Gatiss is currently running the Iron Bank of Braavos and recently wrapped filming on a new Frankenstein movie; and Moffat has not quite yet retired from his long tenure as Doctor Who showrunner.

Due to their hectic schedules, getting these people together for long enough to make another season of the BBC’s beloved detective drama Sherlock is a bit of a tricky affair. Two full years passed between the first season and the third, and as yet there’s been no concrete information regarding when season 4 is likely to begin production.

A few weeks ago, Freeman sparked hope among fans by saying that there had been talk of a one-off special along the lines of a standalone movie, though also admitted that plans to begin filming season 4 in fall 2014 had “fallen away” due to scheduling issues. Moffat and Gatiss stepped onto the red carpet for the BAFTA Television Awards this week, and were asked by the Radio Times if they were any closer to fixing a date for the start of season 4′s production. The answer, according to Gatiss, is yes.

“I can officially tell you that we are moving closer to agreeing some dates to shoot. If that sounds like a party line, it is. That is proper progress because Ben and Martin and Steven are so busy, but actually trying to get everybody to interlock is… we have made significant progress.”

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Despite being optimistic, neither Moffat nor Gatiss were willing to give specifics of the dates that they’ve got narrowed down. So what about that one-off special that Freeman mentioned? “There was talk [of a one-off film, but] amongst people who have nothing to do with Sherlock, I’m afraid,” Gatiss replied shortly, according to Digital Spy.

Sherlock has fewer episodes per season than most shows, but since each episode is 90 minutes long the show requires a fairly generous production schedule that’s understandably difficult to fit in around the actors’ filming commitments and press tours. Jude Law has said similar things of Sherlock Holmes 3, since between his and Robert Downey Jr.’s busy timetables, sectioning off a spare few months to produce another sequel has been a “slow process.”

Fans of Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters can at least get their Sherlock Holmes fix this fall, when Elementary returns for a third season, but hopefully we won’t have to wait too many years for the next season of Sherlock.


We’ll keep you updated on any further Sherlock season 4 developments.

Source: Radio Times, Digital Spy

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  1. To be honest, I’m not too bothered if it takes a little longer to make season 4 a reality because the wait means there’d be more love and quality added into proceedings.

    • Dazz is it possible to be in love with this series too much where the wait is difficult at best. Just a remarkable viewing experience. We are patient.

  2. I’ve watched all 3 seasons and I have to be honest, I think Sherlock is overhyped and mediocre at best.

    Maybe its the over saturation of the character in the last few years, but I honestly don’t care whether they don’t do anymore. Freeman is an outstanding actor (Fargo has been sublime) but Cumberbatch is overrated.

    • See, I could agree with the over-hyped comment for both the show and Cumberbatch but for vastly different reasons.

      For me, the show had a steady decline after A Study In Scarlet but Cumberbatch is a good actor, I just can’t like him too much because a part of me would feel dirty for doing so. I’m the kind of person who has never jumped immediately onto the latest popular bandwagon and have purposefully got into popular things later than everyone else for that very reason (catching Sherlock season 1 on Lifetime in the New Year then finding season 2 online before season 3 started on BBC1 and while others have raved about The Reichenbach Fall for years, I thought it was done better in Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, plus Jared Harris and Stephen Fry made for a better Moriarty and Mycroft respectively).

      Still though, I’d watch season 4 and want to know how Moriarty can return after his supposed suicide in season 2.

      • Really don’t understand your comment about “feeling dirty” when it comes to liking Cumberbatch. Also, this series has been around since 2010, so I wouldn’t consider it the “latest popular bandwagon”.

    • I completely agree. I haven’t yet had the desire to finish the latest season. Last one I saw was the one with the wedding and it seemed like a filler episode. That would be fine if there were 10, 12, 15, or 24 episodes in a season but not when it takes like two years to make two or three episodes.

  3. This article is much ado about nothing. Until they begin filming the next series everyone should just keep quiet.

  4. Get my fix from Elementary?!
    You should see a doctor, it seems the cheese has slid off your cracker.

    • haha, so true. made the mistake of trying to watch episode 1, and will never have that time back. maybe a year later during lunch it was on cable and I almost puked my lunch after watching just a few minutes. committing the sin of sounding snobbish, but I get a bad visceral reaction to that series, even if I forget they called the main character Sherlock and it’s just another procedural, it’s just bad.

    • How many episodes of Elementary have you seen?

      • one too many, how many episodes should I have gone thru bad writing

  5. Its worth waiting for and no sugar-free vanilla US series that apes Sherlock in the way that Elementary does can substitute the quality of the series to date.

    • It’s comments like this that reinforce my belief that 99% of people who hate Elementary have never actually watched it. The two shows are so completely different that it’s absurd to say that one “apes” the other.

      But even if you do want to make that argument, I should point out that CBS first did a modern day version of Sherlock Holmes – with a female Watson, no less – in 1987. Assuming for now that no one at the network can time travel, it’s safe to say that they didn’t steal the idea off Gatiss and Moffat.

      Just relax and try watching a few episode of Elementary. You can enjoy more than one Sherlock Holmes adaptation at once.

    • Also, given the, uh… proclivities of CBS’ Holmes, it’s pretty ironic that you would use the word “vanilla” to describe the show. ;-)

    • It sounds like you haven’t watched enough Elementary to make this statement. Elementary is a wonderful riff on “Arthur Conan Doyle’s” Sherlock character, and is night and day from Sherlock the TV show. I enjoy both shows, but I really can’t stand the idiocy of people demeaning Elementary, especially when they haven’t even given it a chance. And Lucy Liu makes a wonderful Watson, she truly shines in that role.

  6. Blah! Elementary is NOT comparable! :-(

  7. Recently I have heard that moffat will being retiring from Doctor Who after this season so hopefully that will open him up for more Sherlock. Even though I love Doctor Who and i watch it religiously i cant wait for another season of Sherlock. The suspense is killing me ughhh

  8. Yeah. Definitely no movie. lmao.

  9. I just discovered Sherlock on Netflix and just finished watching all three seasons. I am in love with this tv show and can not wait until season 4 comes out. I love Benedict Cumberbatch he is an amazing actor I can’t remember ever crying so hard when I thought he was dead.