Filming will begin in January next year on the special with the series shooting later in the year. Controller of BBC Drama Ben Stephenson gave the following teaser: ‘Steven and Mark are ready to unleash the most shocking and surprising series of Sherlock yet, the only thing to expect is the unexpected.’
The writer and co-creator of the series Steven Moffat said: “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.”
Mark Gatiss, the programme’s other writer and co-creator said the episodes “will take Sherlock and John Watson into deeper and darker water than ever before”.
For me, this is mixed news. I suppose, like most Holmes fans, I was hoping the series itself would return in 2015, not just a one-off special. Or possibly even this Christmas. It looks like we will now have to wait until 2016 for the actual series. But perhaps having the wider scope of a special AND three episodes, the team will be able to build something with more balance than I felt they achieved in series three.
There is so much hype and expectation that I genuinely hope they can recreate the magic which I felt they lost in series three. Or else they might be experiencing ‘a fall’ of their own.
I’m excited, optimistic and looking forward to finding out. I loved their last special which aired on the internet last Christmas – ‘Home (or was it ‘Back’?) for the Holidays’ – I actually thought it was better than the series which followed.
After all the promises and hype about series three, I felt absolutely let down that Sherlock faked his death with nothing more than a squash ball and a big blue inflatable. There I was all excited about seeing something amazing but it didn’t happen. Then I was all excited to see what kind of ingenious, never seen before terrorist plot they would devise, only to get V for Vendetta. So I’m crossing my fingers and toes this time in the hope of getting something genuinely ‘shocking and surprising’. Come on team Moffat et al – I know you can do it!