Sherlock: Benedict Cumberbatch says he is in show for the long-haul and Martin Freeman says show success is like Beatlemanina!


Sherlock fans can breathe a sigh of relief as the shows main star has revealed that he isn’t leaving any time soon!

Benedict Cumberbatch caused more than a little stir when he first stepped out in the hit BBC detective drama series, wearing the infamous deerstalker hat, which lead to a phenomenal career surge and demand for the very typically British actor, and his co-star Martin Freeman, who plays John Watson.

Both have now gone on to star in blockbuster films, with Cumberbatch about to hit cinemas this month playing the villainous John Harrison in the new Star Trek: Into Darkness film, and Freeman having just played Bilbo Baggins in the epic Hobbit film from the Lord Of The Rings series.

Whilst this was amazing for both actors, it did leave the fans of Sherlock wondering what the future held for their beloved London detective team. Their fears were soothed somewhat when, earlier this year, both men confirmed that they had signed up for a fourth series, as well as filming for the third series to be shown later this year.

But now Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed that he is in it for the long-haul, and hopes that the show has many years to come.

Discussing the show with the Radio Times, Benedict explained the impact his new role has had on him, and said that even his mum thinks he is like the eccentric London detective:

“She sees a lot of me in Sherlock, which both makes her laugh and is slightly embarrassing. I suppose it’s my rushing around, my impatience.”


On the subject of the third series, which Cumberbatch is currently filming, he continued:

“It’s a cracking first episode. I can’t wait for people to see it. Really exciting. There’s a lot to answer.

“Sherlock is alive – that’s not an apparition. It’d be very odd if we saw inside Watson’s head and it was a picture of himself walking away from Sherlock’s grave in order to cut back to an image of Sherlock.”

With regards to the future of the show, he went on:

“I’d like to see him age with me. I wouldn’t mind Sherlock going on for a long time. Maybe we could revisit it as a one-off or a two-parter. Assuming Martin Freeman and I are free at the same time.”


Meanwhile Martin Freeman, who plays Cumberbatch’s sidekick John Watson, has revealed that the reaction to the show has been sensational, comparing it to the hype surrounding the Beatles!

The actor, whose Mr Selfridge partner Amanda Abbington is set to join the Sherlock cast this series, explained to the Radio Times:

“The reaction to [the show] has been unlike any I’ve had to any other job I’ve done. I’ve got some great reactions to things I’m very proud of, but I don’t think any surpass Sherlock in terms of critical acclaim and numbers of people watching – and just a general feeling that you’re in a mini Beatlemania.”

On the subject of the third series, which is currently being filmed, he continued:

“We had a lot to live up to after the last run. Every time we do it we want to make something better and not rest on our laurels, which would be very easy to do.”