BBC’s Sherlock is undoubtedly one of the best shows on television, but it also happens to feature two incredibly in-demand actors as its leads. Though showrunners Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat have confirmed that there will be a fourth season of the show, it may be some time before it comes to fruition. Not only are Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman very busy, but each season of Sherlock takes roughly six months to shoot, which is a major time commitment for all involved (especially Moffat, who also acts as showrunner on Doctor Who).
While it may be a couple of years before we see Sherlock season four, Freeman recently revealed that they have discussed making a Sherlock special episode, acting as a one-off in order to appease fans during the wait between seasons. Hit the jump for more.
“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. It’s a fantastic, really mouth-watering idea, but I really don’t know when we are going to get to do it.”
It would certainly be fun to get an extra fix of Sherlock before the next full season, but I’m especially intrigued given how enthused Freeman is about Gatiss’ idea. The show truly drums up some of the most creative and entertaining plotlines on TV, so there’s no doubt a one-off episode would be worthwhile. But again, they’re all extremely busy so there’s no guarantee this Sherlock special episode will happen, but the idea is in place should all of the schedules stars align.