Martin Freeman teases possible one off Sherlock special

News Simon Brew 24 Apr 2014 - 16:36

There's no sign of Sherlock series 4 yet, but Martin Freeman has hinted a one-off may be in the works...

Time constraints continue to be one of the problems with regards Sherlock series four. The key personnel both in front and behind the camera seem keen to carry on with Sherlock's adventures, but finding a space particularly in Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman's respective schedules to film more adventures is easier said than done.

However, Freeman has teased one possible solution. He's a guest on Alan Carr's chat show this week - which goes out on Friday - and he told the host that "Mark Gatiss may beat me up, but there is an idea for this one-off special that’s such a good idea, and as I was listening to it I thought ‘we’ve just got to do this’. And I don’t know when we are going to be able to do it, unfortunately".

A one-off special? It may combat the scheduling problem (Freeman revealed that the writing team are having trouble finding the time as well as the cast!), and may get a Sherlock adventure to us sooner. But we've been quite spoiled by the three in a matter of weeks format.

Anyway, Freeman added that "it’s a fantastic, really mouth-watering idea. But I really don’t know when we are going to get to do it". Bottom line: Sherlock still won't be back anytime soon...

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That's really not true at all. They have different styles. All of them are good.

Yeah, but Martin IS making TV - Fargo, and its very good.

That's unacceptable. LOL. Both actors are so busy with other projects that I understand. But we are all so hooked on Sherlock that our patience is running thin. Even Torchwood I'm waiting for. I'm sure they would cook up something that will make us proud here in the US and All over the world.

I'm far from alone in thinking series 3 was a bit weak compared to the previous series and if you think writing the scripts doesn't take any time then I'm not sure we're going to agree about anything.

Well, that's like your opinion, man.

I respect that, but why doesn't he give the keys over to somebody else and stay in a consultant role. There is definitly somebody who could do that.

Are you really bringing up continuity errors in Doctor Who? You do know that is a nasty minefield you're walking in?

Apparantly the Barrowman written book Exodus Code is getting decent reviews, so why not give that an adaption? Also, I would like Torchwood to go back to being a proper organisation and tackle smaller cases. The audio plays where pretty good in that respect.

If Steven Moffat leaves Doctor Who after the next series and spends more time on Sherlock, then I would happily wait until the start of 2016 for fresh episodes. BBC3 moves online in September 2015, the drama budget for BBC1 will get a shot in the arm as a consequence which should (all things being equal) give Sherlock more episodes, in theory! Four or five part seasons would be good. At least it would last a whole month on screen, as it stands the show seems to return and before you know it, the series finale is upon you! The sheer pressure of other work on the four main protagonists: Moffat, Gatiss, Cumberbatch and Freeman means Sherlock is forever condemned to short seasons spaced widely apart. I recall when drama series had 13 episodes a series. Nowadays they have 2,3 or 4 parts if you're lucky. Surely by definition a series should be more than a couple of episodes? Otherwise its just a two-parter or a one-off drama. Sherlock should be repeated in full - at 9 episodes its very easy for newcomers to get up to date - then maybe surprise us with a six-part series! (fingers crossed!). Either that or change the format from 3 x 90 minutes and maybe transmit it as 6 x 45 minutes/three 2-parters?

Given that Cumberbatch came back to record a final episode of a Radio 4 sitcom (the sublime Cabin Pressure) in the year of Star Trek: Into Darkness and 12 Years a Slave, I think you might be looking in the wrong place for the behaviour you seem desperate to see.

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