Steven Moffat confirms plans for Sherlock series 4 and 5

News Louisa Mellor 9 Jan 2014 - 09:41

Sherlock series three may be ending, but series four and five are on their way...

Fret not, those of you worrying about Sherlock's imminent disappearance from Sunday nights (oh, series three, we hardly knew you!), because Sherlock is confirmed to be returning.

We've known series four was a sure thing for some time now, but it's reassuring to hear it straight from the horse's mouth. By horse, we mean Sue Vertue of course, the wonderful producer who channels the show's collective talents and actually makes it happen. 

Vertue confirmed the news at Bafta's preview screening of His Last Vow, namely that series four is a dead cert, and series five, while not yet commissioned, has already been planned out. Here's what co-creator and writer Steven Moffat told the audience:

“Rather excitingly, Mark [Gatiss] and I, for no particular reason, we just got out of the rain and sat at the top of the production bus [...] and we just started plotting out what we could do in the future. [...] And we plotted out the whole of series four and five.”

"The ideas we had that day, I thought were the best we’ve ever had" added Moffat, giving the anticipation machinery an early crank.

We'll bring you the Q&A in full after His Last Vow airs on Sunday the 12th of January at 8.30pm on BBC One. Read our spoiler-free review, here.

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