While no release dates have been announced, BBC confirmed that Sherlock will be back for Season 4. According to studio sources, the next season will consist of a special plus three serialized episodes. Filming begins by January 2015. "It's taken a little while to get the dates sorted as none of the boys are exactly sitting back twiddling their thumbs but there was unanimous goodwill to make this work, so we're thrilled that 221b is going to be inhabited again," said Hartwood Films executive producer Sue Vertue in a BBC One media release.
To fans of the British TV crime drama, "221b" is of course 221B Baker Street, the address of the London flat shared by Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and John Watson (Martin Freeman). The crime-fighting duo will be back and so will likely the rest of last season's cast - landlady Mrs. Hudson (Una Stubbs), DI Greg Lestrade (Rupert Graves), pathologist Molly Hooper (Louise Brealey), Watson's new wife Mary Morstan (Amanda Abbington) and definitely Sherlock's brother Mycroft (Mark Gatiss, who is also executive producer, co-creator and writer for the show).
But will we get to see arch criminal Jim Moriarty (Andrew Scott) resurrected from the dead? In the Season 2 finale, we watched him kill himself to force Sherlock to also commit suicide. However, in the cliffhanger final scene of Season 3, we also saw his face being broadcast across the country saying, "Did you miss me?" If Sherlock managed to fake his own death, why can't Moriarty? We'll know soon enough once Season 4 actually starts airing. One thing Gatiss promises us is that the next set of installments for the hit TV series "will take Sherlock and John Watson into deeper and darker water than ever before."
Sources say the Sherlock special may be ready by next year's Christmas season while the three serialized episodes will begin airing by early 2016. Why the long wait? The lead actors are still busy with other commitments. Martin Freeman is doing a new "Hobbit" movie while Benedict Cumberbatch is working on "Black Mass" to be followed by "Blood Mountain."
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