Sherlock: Mark Gatiss hints series four won’t be on screens till 2016!

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Sherlock co-writer Mark Gatiss has hinted that recent rumours that the hit BBC detective series won’t be back on our screens until 2016 might be right.

Following the series two finale which had us perched on the edge of our seats as we watched what looked like Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) jumping to his death, only to be told at the end that he faked it, all we had to do for the next two years was wait, and speculate, and wait some more, whilst speculating some more, until series 3 made its way onto our screens!


When it finally hit our screens on New Year’s Day we were all thrilled but, not even two weeks later when it finished, we were all left desperate for our next Sherlock fix.

And it was even more desperate as we were left with another conundrum to fathom over, albeit almost precisely the same one we had been given at the end of series 2, as Moriarty now looks like he survived suicide too.

Show bosses came out in force to assure us that filming for series 4 would begin as soon as possible, but we all know how busy the two main stars of it, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are, so none of us held our breath.

Then came the rumours that ‘as quickly as possible’ could mean another two year wait and, despite originally being hinted for a 2014 Christmas return, the year 2016 started to look a lot more likely.

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And now Mark Gatiss has confirmed that 2016 may well be a reality, as well as insisting that another two year wait wasn’t unreasonable?????

In an interview published in today’s Metro. Gatiss, who also plays Mycroft in the show, is quoted as saying that the time delay is down to schedules, in particular the busy ones of Cumberbatch and Freeman who have both found global fame since appearing in Sherlock, but that all parties involved very much wanted the show to carry on, as soon as it possibly can.

He then went on to say:

“There was suddenly a kind of outraged response that it might not be back until 2016 but that’s precisely how long it always is. It’s always two years! But we’d like to return soon, of course.”

This isn’t actually true as there was only 16 months between series 1 and 2 – But who’s counting, eh Mark?

Do you think another two year wait is unreasonable, or do you think that the hiatus between series helps build and add to the excitement?

Leave your thoughts and comments below!

Watch an interview with Mark Gatiss and Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat discussing series 4 in the clip below:

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