Sherlock: Steven Moffat says fourth series ISN’T confirmed, but if everyone wants to do it there will be one (assuming they all survive….)!

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With many a story circulating about series four of Sherlock, despite the fact that series three hasn’t even been completely filmed yet, show runner Steven Moffat has come forward to say that nothing has actually been confirmed.

We reported earlier this year how the shows main star, Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Sherlock in the hugely popular BBC detective series, had said that both he and co-star Martin freeman, who plays his sidekick John Watson, had both signed up for a fourth series, and were both keen to keep doing the show for as long as it ran.

Cumberbatch commented to Radio Times back in March:

“We’ve agreed to two more series but I could get into trouble for saying that,

“All I know at the moment is I’m doing these three [episodes of the upcoming series] and another three.”

With regards to the busy schedules that he and the other shows stars have found they have as a result of the success of Sherlock, Cumberbatch went on to say how the shows runner, Steven Moffat’s availability was also a factor to consider when planning further series beyond this one and the next:

“We love doing it as we are doing it at the moment in the format we are doing it,” he said.

“I’d love to keep it going for as long as possible, I think we all would.”

“It just depends on Martin and I’s availability, how long we can keep it going. It depends on Steven’s ability. I’d love to keep it going.”

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Meanwhile Freeman added to Empire in a separate interview earlier this month:

“I believe in doing things for as long as people love them, and all I can say is that I really love the show,

“I feel very loyal to it and I like doing it… for as long as they want to do it and as long as we all want to do it.”

“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 number of people watching – and just a general feeling that you’re in a mini Beatlemania.”

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However, it seems they may have been jumping the gun slightly as the writing genius that is Steven Moffat has revealed at this year’s BAFTA award ceremony, held at the weekend, that nothing is apparently certain.

He commented about the shows success:

“We were all in a state of shock. I think BBC Drama were quite surprised.

“But it’s a huge hit – if everyone wants to do it, there’ll be a fourth one… assuming anyone survives!”

With regards to the first episode of series three, The Empty Hearse, which, if completely based on the original novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle will include Sherlock’s arch nemesis, Sebastian Moran, Moffat teased:

“We don’t always stick to the stories – I think you should watch!”