Oh dear, this is not the news we were hoping for – Plans to start work on the fourth series of Sherlock soon have been scrapped!
When the third series of the hugely popular BBC detective series came to an end earlier this year, everyone started screaming for a 4th series release date.
Acknowledging the 2 year hiatus we had to endure between series’ 2 & 3, producers were quick to insist that production would start as soon as possible, even suggesting that the very first instalment could be a Christmas Day special this very year!
But alas, as the weeks since the end of series 3 have turned in to months, the powers that be have had to admit that scheduling the new series is not as easy as they had originally hoped, and that in all likelihood we would be facing a wait as long as the last one, if not longer!
Of course the reasons behind these gaps are down mainly to the ever-growing popularity of the show, which Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have created from the original works of Sir Arthur Conan Dole, resulting in a huge demand for its two main stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
Since the show first hit our screens the two men have been plummeted into worldwide fame, with TV and movie offers flooding in at a rate of knots, with the pair of them landing huge roles in some of the biggest films in recent times.
But whilst we all enjoy seeing them in everything we see, it does mean that the show that sky-rocketed their careers now has to work around them.
And according to Martin Freeman, who plays Sherlock’s companion John Watson in the show, this makes trying to schedule a new series “very hard!”
The actor, who has just signed up to play Richard III in the West End, has revealed in a recent interview with Digital Spy how initial plans to start production after his West End season have now been scrapped, explaining to the publication:
“It’s very hard to get together. But it’s one of those things where you have to at some point just go, ‘We’re going to do it now’ – otherwise we could be having this conversation in three years.
“There comes a point where you’ve got to p*ss or get off the pot.”
The actor, who is in a long-term relationship with his on-screen wife in Sherlock Amanda Abbington, went on to explain how, rather than be dazzled by the offers from America to do more, longer running TV work, he is more than happy to stick with Sherlock, explaining:
“I can’t countenance doing something for eight months of the year every year – but three months of the year every couple of years is much more attractive.
“I wouldn’t and couldn’t put an end point on it – I’m just more open to it.”
Watch an interview with Martin Freeman in the clip below: