Sherlock series 2 set to premiere in 2012
If you're awaiting the return of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in Sherlock, you've got a bit longer to wait...
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news on this one, but you're going to have to wait until early 2012 for the premiere of the new series of Sherlock. This isn't a delay, we should be clear, as the BBC never announced a 2011 start date at any point. It's just that many of us are keen to see the show back as soon as possible!
The shoot for three new episodes is currently in its latter stages, having been shifted around to accommodate Martin Freeman’s shooting commitments for The Hobbit movies. (Freeman flies back to Middle Earth in September, once Sherlock has wrapped.) And a consequence of that is that the new episodes won't be screened until 2012.
This was confirmed after the repeat of the final episode of Sherlock series one, The Great Game, on BBC One last night. We’d already understood that it was highly unlikely we’d see Sherlock fit into BBC One’s schedules this side of the new year, but the continuity announcement confirmed that the show wouldn’t be back until 2012. (To reiterate, though, it was never officially announced it'd be on our screens in 2011. That was speculation on many peoples' part, including our own.)
On the upside, from the near-20 minutes of footage we’ve seen for the show so far, series 2 is right up there with the quality of the first.