Waiting for a new season of Sherlock is already hard enough as it is, so waiting for two years for new episodes makes it that much harder. But developing these episodes isn’t easy, for Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are essentially working on three movies in the span of a year. And with the actors both in high demand, scheduling to work on a new season has been difficult.
Freeman was conducting a few interviews earlier this week, and spoke about a Sherlock Christmas Special. It wasn’t the new season we were all hoping for, but getting one episode of Sherlock, a Christmas-themed episode no less, would be more than enough to satisfy our fix. But as it turns out, there is more to it than that. It has been confirmed that the Christmas Special will also be followed by season four of the series. Hit the jump for more.
Deadline confirmed the news today, which sees the Christmas Special being released in 2015, and the three-episode season four being aired in 2016.
Here is what co-creator, executive producer, and writer Steven Moffatt had to say about the announcement:
“A special, plus a new series of three episodes — it’s a record-breaking run!! Of course, it’s far too early to say what’s coming, but we’re reasonably confident that the very next thing to happen to Sherlock and John, is the very last thing you’d expect…”
With co-creator, writer, executive producer, and co-star Mark Gatiss adding that the new season will take Sherlock and John “into deeper and darker water than ever before.”
Season three essentially ended on a huge cliff hanger, and I can’t imagine Gatiss and Moffatt ending on that kind of a note. That being said, scheduling has proven extremely difficult with Freeman and Cumberbatch both working on films and TV miniseries like Fargo.