Mark Gatiss on Sherlock series 4
Sherlock's fourth series will come before the rumoured one-off film, says co-creator Mark Gatiss...
The days following an awards ceremony often provide rich pickings for news rumours. Lubricated by the free bar, high on the adrenalin of winning, actors and writers will sometimes let slip more than their NDAs allow. It's how, for instance, we learnt that Benedict Cumberbatch was joining his pal Martin Freeman on the set of The Hobbit sequel back in 2011.
Unfortunately for us, Mark Gatiss wasn't the slightest bit indiscreet at this week's Bafta TV ceremony, so Sherlock's secrets remain just that. He did, however, confirm that Martin Freeman's rumour about a potential one-off Sherlock film being on its way before series four is bunkum. "There was talk amongst people who have nothing to do with Sherlock I'm afraid", Gatiss joked.
The plan is still for a three-episode fourth series, and the complicated scheduling is in the process of being worked out, Gatiss says. The team is "moving closer to agreeing dates". "Benedict and Martin's schedule, Steven's schedule, my schedule, everybody's schedule - it's like a jigsaw puzzle" he told reporters. Start with the corners, Mark, that should see you right.
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