If you’re down in the dumps- or planning to be- about the end of series 3 of Sherlock this Sunday, this news should cheer you up: showrunners Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have apparently planned out a series 4 and 5.
“Rather excitingly, Mark and I, for no particular reason, we just got out of the rain and sat at the top of the [Sherlock] production bus… and we just started plotting out what we could do in the future. And we plotted out the whole of series four and five.
“So we have got plans – but our plans don’t tend to be ‘Let’s blow up the world or cast the most famous person in the world.’ They tend to be ‘What exciting twists and turns can we add to this?’ And I think we’ve got some crackers! The ideas we had that day, I thought were the best we’ve ever had.”
But what about the fact that it took two years just to make this season? Well, this time around, Moffat has other plans.
“We’re working on it. We’re working on dates,” producer Sue Vertue assured the room, while her husband, Sherlock co-creator Moffat, promised “We’ll get them made as quickly as we can”.
“Benedict and Martin are making some movies,” pointed out a deadpan Moffat. “If you say ‘Who cares about movies?’ I agree with you but they are doing them so we’ve got to schedule around that.”