The BBC has announced that Sherlock is to return to BBC One for a special that will be followed by a fourth series comprising of three episodes.
The third series saw Sherlock’s life change a lot – he returned from the dead, his best friend John Watson married Mary Morstan and he met his match in Charles Augustus Magnussen.
After the briefest of exiles, Sherlock came back only to face one of his biggest mysteries yet. Why is Moriarty’s face being broadcast on every television in the land?
“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…” – Co-creator, writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat
“It’s a very good day in the life of a BBC One Controller when you can announce Sherlock will return for a special plus a new three-part series,” added BBC One controller, Charlotte Moore “Massive thanks to Sue Vertue [Producer] and Hartswood Films for pulling this off, it’s no mean feat pinning down some of this country’s most brilliant and in-demand actors and writers.”
The drama from Hartswood Films starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman has been an enduring hit for the channel since it launched in 2010 with the third series becoming the UK’s most popular drama series since 2001.
Sherlock is co-written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss and inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Shooting on the special will begin in January 2015 with the series shooting later next year.