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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'Best we've ever had?' sounds good, not that the Moff is prone to hyperbole or anything...

Hurrah! Lets hope we dont have to wait as long for these

We're fine until he starts saying things like 'Sherlock will face his darkest hour/his hardest time/his biggest threat/fall farther than ever before'.

At least in Sherlock he can't just bring back the Daleks and the Angels to try and pretend there's a threat.

I don't mind the wait, what puzzles me is why they don't spread them out across the year, rather than finish the "series" in two weeks.

I actually like it this way despite the wait. It is an intense but enjoyable ride.

I could certainly tolerate a lot more Sherlock, and in more regular bursts. Though perhaps it's better this way - more of an event. I love the great ideas excitement for a series that is not yet commissioned, though I guess it's only a matter of time; so that could be four years' worth ... hope not.

And Sherlock will be returning, same time, next century...

I'd like more episodes this century though...

Probably is the best idea he's had. But that's like saying which pile of poo is better.

He's only comporting it to other episodes of Sherlock though - thats not especially hyperbolic.

I just hope we don't have to wait two years for season 4

You're my new favourite idiot.

But he could bring back Moriarty...

The Hobbit has finished filming so hopefully the wait won't be quite as long this time.

I try to pretend that's not a possibility. But...

Production staff lie. That's OK. If you want to stop spoilers these days, it's pretty much your only resort.

And even if they aren't, plans are all very well but putting anything into practice will be very, very difficult.

I honestly think the series will wrap things up and conclude on Sunday. If we see Sherlockand John again, it'll be a Christmas special a la "Only Fools..." Maybe 5 years down the line

Six months down the line - "We've seen him face Moriarty. We've seen him face Charles Augustus Magnussen. But what will Sherlock do when confronted by...the Daleks AND the Weeping Angels!!!" - Steven Moffat

I speak as a big Moffat fan, by the way.

Mark Gatiss - "Right, Series 4 and 5 planned. Do you wanna go for a beer?"
Steven Moffat - "That's the best idea you've ever had!"


I'm looking forward to 'The Three Sherlock's;' where Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr., and Johnny Lee Miller are summoned together save Baker Street from destruction by Moriarty.... in alliance with the Daleks and the Weeping Angels!

I regret not watching Sherlock when it was first shown on TV - it's definitely one of the best programmes I've seen in recent years. I've just finished watching season 2 earlier this week, and the story lines are really original, well acted , and very entertaining! More please!

I thought this series was going to be their last. So happy to be proved wrong! Can't wait!!

*Spoilerwarning*...indeed he did ;) and i`m loving it... would like it even more if he would be "just" a computer-programm that Moriaty had run on a hidden network to ensure that the Game go on ;)

I noticed. BUT I'm still not convinced he's back. I think it's another villain (probably Moran) using Moriarty as a front.

Otherwise they have jumped the shark after 9 episodes. Is that a record?

Coming off of the finale for series 3, I have but one thing to say:

Just watch him.

Stop it. Stop it now.

Stop with this Sherlock stuff.

Make more Dr Who instead.

We can't have both? :(

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