The BBC has finally announced the news that diehard Sherlock fans have been waiting for – their favorite sociopath detective, Sherlock Holmes, will be returning in 2015. Not only did the BBC announce that Sherlock would return for a fourth season, but they also announced that the fourth season will be preceded with a special episode, an episode that is scheduled to begin filming during the first couple weeks of January 2015. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will be making a triumphant return to the hit BBC television show. Audiences are anxious to know what to expect from the new season as well the special episode which is rumored to be a Christmas special. This sneak peek will get appetites in high gear for more Sherlock.
Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, the forces behind the hit television show on BBC, tantalizingly hinted that that both Sherlock and Watson will go through a situation that many people would not expect. This shocking event is sure to have audiences everywhere reeling as the situation will be brand new and never seen before on the show.
Moffatt and Gatiss say that the three new episodes are going to lead fans into a “dark” place and “deeper waters” than the show has delved into previously. This has led to much speculation about a potentially disturbing but deliciously satisfying plot for the new season. The situation that Sherlock and Watson will find themselves in will be “the very last thing” any audience member would ever think of, according to the show’s creators.
What took so long for the fourth season to finally be announced? Well, since Sherlock premiered on BBC back in 2010, the leading man of the show, Benedict Cumberbatch, has shot to superstardom, especially in the United States. His most popular starring role was in last year’s hit action movie, Star Trek Into Darkness where he played the iconic villain Kahn. His co-star Martin Freeman has not only starred in multiple hit movies, including a “little” movie franchise called The Hobbit, but he also was the star of season one of FX’s hit television show Fargo.
This announcement that Sherlock on the BBC will return in 2015 has viewers all over the world jumping for joy and wanting to know what to expect as well as a sneak peek behind the scenes because the pop culture television phenomena has built up a very large base of adoring fans. Why have fans fallen on love with this show so much?
Some attribute the adoration to the fact that the show has transformed a fictional Victorian-era character into a modern day pop culture icon. Others attribute it to the unique storytelling methods that Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss explore. Some fans simply say it is the mystery and surprise twists that surround each episode and season.
The lists of reasons for adoration are long and varied. There is no wonder why fans love the show, and there is no wonder why BBC loves the show as well – the drama averaged over 4 million viewers during its third season – 800,000 more than the average season two audience on Sunday nights, according to BBC estimates. The show is led in by another ratings winner on BBC – Downton Abbey, which averages 8.4 million viewers on Sundays. Downton Abbey is the only show on BBC with better ratings than Sherlock.
BBC’s Sherlock was developed and is currently written and managed by the creators, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. Their work is inspired by the popular book series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The BBC series has Sue Vertue, Beryl Vertue, Bethan Jones, Cymru Wales, and Rebecca Eaton signed on as producers. When the show will be returning exactly in 2015 has not been determined yet, but audiences can expect an official premiere date announcement at some point later this year as well as a further sneak peek into what might happen on the much-anticipated special Christmas episode. Sherlock on the BBC will return in 2015. Fans can anticipate a shocking twist and perhaps an unsettling season that will rock audience expectations.
By: Rebecca Savastio