With the 4th series of Sherlock getting ready to begin production in the not-too-distant future, it’s time to get that countdown calendar mounted on the wall with a big red circle around January 2017 and what has recently been rumored across the Land of the Internets as the possible return of the wildly successful BBC/PBS series.
Yes the appetite was fed a very satisfying morsel on New Year’s Day 2016 with the one-off special, “The Abominable Bride”, but as you were almost immediately well aware, all that did was increase the separation anxiety level by leaving Planet Earth wanting more. Unfortunately, the “more” that we all collectively want as of ‘yesterday’, is still a ways off.
With the New Year’s Day special added as a Victorian England ‘treat’ gifted to fans of the 21st Century Sherlock, producers have assured fans that they will be returning to modern day when the 4th series premieres. Co-creator/writer Mark Gatiss, who also plays Sherlock Holmes’ brother, Mycroft, actually toyed recently with fans saying, “We’re going to do Sherlock Holmes in the 28th century. It’s set in 2914 and Dr Watson isn’t in it, he has a robot cat. And they battle Moriarty who is a race of aliens with several Irish heads.”
Lest you think you’re alone in your anxiety, Sherlock has been sold to over 240 territories and, in the UK, it is the most watched drama in 10 years on BBC One with over 1 million DVDs sold. In South Korea, “The Abominable Bride” outsold Star Wars: The Force Awakens 4:1 on its theatrical release and in China, over 100 million people have watched Sherlock! Now, don’t you feel better being in such good company? Just to tide you over a bit until filming begins and we can start sharing bits and bobs about series 4, we thought you’d like to see a bit of what Sherlock is like around the world.