Sherlock to Return for a Fourth Season and Special

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The BBC has announced that Sherlock will be returning for a fourth, three-part series and an additional special episode, both scheduled for filming next year.

Set to air on BBC 1, the pre-season special will be shot in January, and will see the famed detective “face one of his biggest mysteries yet” as he investigates why the face of his arch-enemy Moriarty has taken over television screens across the country.

Speaking about the new series, writer and co-creator Steven Moffat enigmatically said:

“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.”

Co-writer Mark Gatiss added that the new episodes would, “take Sherlock and John Watson into deeper and darker water than ever before,” and said that the team were “terrifically excited” to get stuck in to the new adventures.

Sherlock fans may well have been wondering why it’s taken so long to confirm a fourth season, given the series’ huge popularity, but BBC 1 Controller Charlotte Moore explained that it has been “no mean feat pinning down some of this country’s most brilliant and in demand actors and writers”. According to the show’s executive producer, Sue Vertue,

“None of the boys are exactly sitting back twiddling their thumbs but there was unanimous goodwill to make this work, so we’re thrilled that 221b is going to be inhabited again.”

So far, no confirmed broadcast dates have been set, but Martin Freeman, who plays Sherlock Holmes’s assistant John Watson, has hinted that the one-off special may be intended for a Christmas release. What are your predictions for the new series? Let us know in the comments below.

Sources: Digital Spy | BBC News

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