When will ‘Sherlock’ return? At last we know

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Martin Freeman, left, plays John Watson to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes on the BBC’s “Sherlock.”
Credit: BBC

The biggest mystery surrounding the BBC’s “Sherlock” is always off screen: When is “Sherlock” coming back? The BBC’s startlingly free-form broadcast schedule is arbitrary enough to give us poor Yanks, who are used to a nice, neat 22 episodes corresponding with the school year, a nervous breakdown. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch are movie stars now, so they only have time to shoot a new season every 30 years or so.

So will we get 10 new episodes of “Sherlock” next week? One 5-minute episode in 2019? At last we know: “Sherlock” will resume shooting in January of 2015, and they’ll produce three new episodes and a one-off special, BBC One announced via Twitter.

Of course we know from Martin Freeman that the special is probably a 2015 Christmas special, which means we likely won’t see the three new episodes until 2016. 2016! I will be old by then. I hope they let me watch “Sherlock” in my nursing home.


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