Sherlock: Bennedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman sign up for third series!

by Anna Howell

Fans of the spectacularly amazing BBC drama series, Sherlock, will be happy to know that both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have signed up for the third series when it starts filming in the New Year.

Both Cumberbatch, who plays the title role of Sherlock, and Freeman, who plays his sidekick Watson in the hit show, have become very sought after British exports following the success of the first two series of the modern day twist on the novels penned by Arthur Conan Doyle, so there had been fears that either or both might bow out of the show due to other commitments, especially given the time span between the second and third series.

However, if today’s report in the Sun newspaper are anything to go by, fans can rest assured that their favourite crime fighting duo will be back for the long-awaited new series of the show next year.

In preparation for the third series, which leads on from the climax of last series when fans were mortified to apparently see their hero Sherlock jump off a building to his death, only to be shown in the last film frame that it was a trick, the shows writer, Mark Gatiss has confirmed that both actors would be reprising their roles, and that this time the show would be made quicker.

Gatiss commented “There’s going to be more soonish.

“We start filming in January. It might be more expensive but they both wanted to do it. It’s very exciting.”

This means that 2013 is going to be a very busy year indeed for Cumberbatch, who is rumoured to be dating his Sherlock co-star, Lara Pulver (Irene Adler) as he has also just signed up to play Brian Epstein, the legendary Beatles manager, in a biopic of his life, which he will also be filming next year, as well as converting two North London flats into a luxurious three story Town House.

Sherlock returns to our BBC screen next year, in the meantime watch the scene where Sherlock supposedly falls to his death in the clip below: