Earlier this year, actor Martin Freeman revealed that a special one-off episode of Sherlock might air between seasons. This was exciting news, as the time-consuming schedule of putting together a full season of Sherlock is pretty difficult now that Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch are very in-demand actors, meaning season four is likely a few years away. Now Freeman has offered a bit of clarity regarding the one-off, revealing that a Sherlock Christmas special is in the works, likely to be released in December 2015. Hit the jump for more.
Speaking with The Telegraph, Freeman revealed that the BBC is putting together a Sherlock Christmas special, with a December 2015 release looking likely:
“If that’s going to be a special – I’m speaking off-message here; if this was New Labour I’d get fired – I think that might be for next Christmas. A Christmas special. That’s what I understand.”
Freeman noted that filming probably won’t get underway until early 2015 given his and Cumberbatch’s busy schedules, but did add that his real-life wife Amanda Abbington is poised to return as Watson’s wife Mary, saying she’s on the show “for the foreseeable future.”
I absolutely adore Sherlock so it’s great to hear that we’ll probably get a new episode later next year. Though I’m certainly eager to see season four in full, I understand aligning the schedules of Freeman and Cumberbatch—not to mention showrunner Steven Moffat, who’s also busy running Doctor Who—is very tough.
Freeman was most recently seen on the well-received FX miniseries Fargo and returns for the third and final installment of The Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, this December. As for Cumberbatch, he plays WWII mathematician Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, has a voice role in The Penguins of Madagascar, and also returns as Smaug in The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies.