Sherlock Holmes, Watson, and Moriarty will be back for a Sherlock Christmas Special and a fourth season of Sherlock, according to a series of mysterious tweets and posts released today by the BBC. Filming for the Sherlock Christmas Special will begin in January 2015, and production on season four of Sherlock will follow with shooting to begin later in the year. It will consist of three episodes.
The actor who plays John Watson, Martin Freeman, who acted in a recent episode of Fargo for FX, had spilled the beans about there being a Sherlock Christmas Special in the works to the Telegraph. Now, though, the news has been officially confirmed by the BBC.
What is in store for Sherlock and John Watson in Season 4 of Sherlock? According to showrunner Steven Moffat, in a press release, “the very next thing to happen to Sherlock and John is the very last thing you’d expect.”
The BBC announced that they would reveal something about Sherlock at 2:21 p.m. They posted two tweets, one at the allotted time and one an hour later.
The first message included a gif from the last episode of Sherlock. The image was of the taxi screen with the face of Moriarty — played by Andrew Scott — with his by now famous phrase asking Sherlock “Did you miss me?”
The second tweet by the BBC referred to a new arrival, referring to a new season of Sherlock. To honor the occasion, BBC One’s Twitter handle temporarily became Sherlock – #221back. The network’s Facebook page had a similar message posted on it.
According to a statement released by the BBC, Sherlock, after returning from a very brief exile, must figure out the mystery of why Moriarty’s face is being broadcast on ever TV set in the country.
Sherlock co-creator and co-writer, Mark Gatiss, who also plays Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft, was also pumped up and excited about the news that there will be a fourth season. He stated that the new episodes “will take Sherlock and John Watson into deeper and darker water than ever before.”
According to Sue Vertue, who is Executive Producer for Hartswood Films, the company which — along with Masterpiece — co-produces Sherlock, explained that one reason it has taken a while to begin production on the fourth season of Sherlock is that filming dates had to get “sorted.” Now that the dates are sorted, she added that everyone involved with the series is “thrilled that 221b is going to be inhabited again.”
With the Sherlock Christmas Special going to be shot in January 2015, presumably to be broadcast in December 2015, the three episodes that will make up Season 4 of Sherlock will likely be televised sometime in 2016, though complete details have not yet been released.
Besides appearing in an episode of the FX series, Fargo, Martin Freeman has been involved in many other projects, like the Hobbit trilogy and others. Benedict Cumberbatch has also been in quite a few movies of late, including 12 Years a Slave. Both Freeman and Cumberbatch had wanted to continue on and do a fourth season of Sherlock, but finding a time period that would work out best for them and everyone else involved with the series proved to be challenging. Fortunately for the legions of Sherlock fans around the world, filming dates have now been worked out and there will be both a Sherlock Christmas Special and a fourth season of Sherlock in 2016.
Written by: Douglas Cobb