UPDATED: Sherlock series 3 delayed

News Simon Brew 26 Nov 2012 - 21:49

Production has been put back on Sherlock series 3, it's being reported...

UPDATE: Sherlock producer Sue Vertue tweeted the following message this morning in response to the story:

"To stop further speculation, #sherlock filming has pushed to Mrch for availability reasons. It's not expected to affect any likely tx dates" 

Here's some melancholy news to head towards the end of November with. The original plan for Sherlock series 3 was to start shooting it in January 2013, with an eye on transmission at some point later in the year (summer had been speculated, but nobody was saying anything officially. Or unofficially, to be fair). However, it seems as though a delay has hit the return of the show.

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that production of Sherlock series 3 has now been pushed back at least two more months to March, to work around the schedules of everyone involved. At the very earliest, that now suggests that tranmission of the three new Sherlock episodes won't be taking place until Christmas 2013, and we wouldn't wager against following the new year's day premiere and January roll-out in 2014, either (it should be said that may have been the plan all along, of course).

In particular, Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch are tied up with other projects. Steven Moffat is hardly short of work, either, given his ongoing commitments to Doctor Who. And we wonder where this leaves director Paul McGuigan, given that he's attached to a new movie version of Frankenstein for Fox.

There's been no formal announcement from the BBC of any kind of transmission date for more Sherlock. At the very least, we'd suggest we've still got a year to wait, sadly.

EW

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