After leaving audiences on as fine a cliff-hanger as ever, Sherlock fans will be pleased to finally receiving some clarification regarding the long-awaited fourth series of the BBC’s popular series.
However, the news may seem bittersweet, as it has been confirmed that yet another year of waiting is expected before broadcasting.
During the PBS executive session at the 2016 TCA winter press tour on Monday 18th January, Paula Kerger, the president of PBS announced that the popular American channel “did have the next Sherlock announced” adding, “that is coming up about a year from now.” Whilst this may be frustrating for fans, it ties in with the recent airing schedules of series two and three, which were both also broadcast at this time.
Kerger did address fan frustration in terms of the slow production during the meeting describing it as being like “producing films.” Kerger also reiterated the issues with making Sherlock pointing out that “Benedict [Cumberbatch] has gotten to be somewhat popular since we began our work with him,” and that such popularity has led to the British actor gaining roles in major films such as The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange. Despite these delays, Kerger did affirm Cumberbatch’s commitment to the show saying “he very much wants to continue with Sherlock.”
With filming set to start in April this year, many online sources are speculating an official airdate to be January 8th 2017, with the 3 episode series due to conclude on the 22nd of the month, but this has yet to be confirmed by PBS or the BBC.
Less than one year people. The waiting is nearly up!