Martin Freeman Says a Special SHERLOCK One-Off Episode May Air Between Seasons

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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.

sherlock-special-episode-martin-freeman-benedict-cumberbatchWhile speaking with Cultbox (via IGN), Freeman revealed that they have discussed the possibility of shooting a one-off special episode of Sherlock to air in the interim:

“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.


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  • JBug

    The way I watch it, it’s as if each episode is a one off. This is an unbelievable show and I would love to see other shows follow this model and put more focus on quality. I haven’t watched season 3 yet, but season 2 blew my mind and tied Breaking Bad for my favorite tv.

    • Miles

      Season 3 is a step down from the first two for sure, but still a great piece of television. Hoping Season 4 and this one-off special, which sounds *brilliant*, can steer the show back to its roots as a pure mystery drama.

      • Aquartertoseven

        No seasons so far have been great, even 1 and 2 were just short, S3 wasn’t even a 7/10. Hugely disappointing.

        Lol at JBug saying that it’s tied with BB for best show, he needs to watch more television.

      • JBug

        Like what? My current raking is

        1st 2 seasons of prison break
        1st 5 seasons of dexter
        house of lies
        walking dead

      • Aquartertoseven

        All 4 seasons of Prison Break are better as well as S7 of Dexter. Also, other shows that are leagues ahead of Sherlock are Firefly, Game of Thrones, The Wire, Rome, Spartacus, Six Feet Under, Chuck, Mad Men, 24, Sons of Anarchy, Parks and Rec, True Detective, House of Cards, Battlestar Galactica, Nikita, Arrested Development (1-3), Boardwalk, Legend of Korra, Castle, Death Note, House, Bates Motel, The Tudors, Scrubs, Band of Brothers, need I continue?

      • milo

        Considering that nobody cares that you think Chuck is better than Sherlock, no, you don’t need to continue.

      • Aquartertoseven

        Wow, that was rude and very overly defensive. Chuck had 5 at least great seasons, Sherlock can’t even make 1, deal with it.

      • JBug

        Chuck is entertaining, but I wouldn’t classify it as a quality show. They lost me when Chuck turned into a superspy. I get that they really like zach levy, but they completely changed the character and the premise of the show (I love Morgan). I couldn’t make it through an episode of Sparticus because it was painfully derivative. Scrubs often falls apart and loses me, although I really love the highs. AD is amazing, especially season 3. Most of the shows you mentioned are pretty good, but have a lot of lows. Now that dramas are higher quality than ever, I try not to waste my time with shows with a lot of filler episodes. I thought Sherlock was great in that manner and I don’t really understand what you didn’t like about it. I’ll admit it starts really slow (first 2 episodes were not good), but the highs it reaches after that point are as good as anything TV out there (season finales for 1 and 2). It’s got incredible acting, very good writing and directing and did I mention incredible acting?

      • Aquartertoseven

        Spartacus was amazing, the first episode was okay but from there, it’s an upward journey. Chuck was consistently great, fantastic even. I also wasn’t a fan of Chuck becoming slick as he wasn’t this relatable, nerd underdog anymore, but despite that Season 5 was incredible. Pointless as he had got everything he wanted, but still.

        It’s funny how you’re criticising these shows and yet Sherlock doesn’t receive a word after the travesty that was S3 and the missteps in S1 and 2 like the Baskerville ep, Blind Banker etc. Only Scandal in Belgravia was 9/10, the rest ranged from 6/10 (the wedding ep) to high 7s. It’s an unbelievably overrated show with only flashes of excellence nowadays. It’s like the new Wire of BB, except those two deserve the hype and praise.

        “very good writing”

        S3 didn’t have a plot. Only fragments of cases that had so little time spent on them that they had massive holes in logic, no real underlying mystery explored, it was all character development to appeal to fangirls. It took away Sherlock’s edge and showed him to be dumb (I figured things out long before he did, and that never happened in S1 or 2).

        Sherlock used to thrive on a formula of underlying mystery, case and character development. S3 took away all of the substance, and therefore we were left with an empty husk for a show.

      • JBug

        I didn’t feel Chuck was consistent. It seemed insanely repetitive, especially when it came to villains. I watched the first episode of season five and couldn’t deal with Morgan having powers.

        Like I said before, I haven’t gotten to season 3 of Sherlock as I’m waiting for it to come out on Netflix. I started the Blind Baker, but I ended up skipping the episode because it was so boring (so I totally agree with you there). I actually really enjoyed Baskerville and it was at that point that I realized how much I loved the show, because even though it was a filler episode that didn’t progress the plot, I was totally into the chemistry between the characters and buying into Sherlock. When I got up to the Reichenbacht Fall, I put Sherlock on par with BB. Those 90 minutes are exhilarating from start to finish.

        So I don’t think it’s a consistently perfect show, but given there are only 3 episodes a season, I don’t care if there’s one lame episode if there are 2 amazing ones. It’s easy to figure out which will be the stinker and it’s easy to skip.

      • Aquartertoseven

        You seem to bail a lot. I was annoyed about Morgan too, I thought it was ridiculous but regardless I persisted with watching and it turned out to be a 9/10 season. You missed out.

        I haven’t seen the “Blind Baker”. :P

        So you skipped an episode because it was boring, and for Sherlock 1 ep equals over 10% of the entire show, and it’s still your joint favourite show ever??

        I wasn’t a fan of Reichenbach, I thought it was fairly good but nothing more personally.

      • JBug

        I watched it on a tiny screen in the car and none the less I was totally absorbed and on the edge of my seat. Maybe I’ll check out the rest of season five of Chuck.

      • Robby Richmond

        mate, you need Peaky Blinders in your life.
        6 episode of pure genius. get on it.

      • Robby Richmond

        And lets be honest, Prison Break season 1- good, everything else, a total mess.

      • Aquartertoseven

        Not remotely. S1-Fantastic. S2-4- a step down, but still great.

      • Robby Richmond

        Peaky Blinders- 6 episode of pure genius. get on it.

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  • Robby Richmond

    I don’t know what they call them in America, but in the UK we call these kind of shows a ‘Christmas Special’. Google it and it will tell you that they’re almost always a disappointment, especially if Moffett is involved. ;)

  • Robby Richmond

    I don’t know what they call them in America, but in the UK we call these kind of shows a ‘Christmas Special’. Google it and it will tell you that they’re almost always a disappointment, especially if Moffett is involved. ;)

    • Aquartertoseven

      But Moffat’s a… great writer… he’s… really… talented… ugh.

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