If Benedict Cumberbatch gets his way, and let’s hope he does, Sherlock fans around the globe will get the opportunity to watch some of the greatest television on television until roughly the year 2025. Much like David Suchet who made it his life’s ambition to complete the entire Hercule Poirot series of 65 Agatha Christie stories after 22 years, one can only hope that the Sherlock star gets his wish. Cumberbatch recently revealed that he would relish the thought of playing the world’s most famous consulting detective for at least another 15 years – despite now being offered bigger roles on the big screen. Following the explosive success of Sherlock, Cumberbatch has had roles in Tinker Tailor Solder Spy, Parade’s End, War Horse, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the upcoming as yet to be named Star Trek sequel.
Applying some quick Sherlock-like reasoning as to why 15 years would be easy to do, Cumberbatch said: “It’s rare to see Holmes and Watson at the beginning of their relationship. We usually join them in their mid to late 40s or 50s. I’ve got a way to go, I’m only 35.”
“I’ll always do Sherlock – it’s something that I’m not going to give up on. I love it too much. It’s hard work but it’s so rewarding and such a lovely bunch of people who do it. We love our fans and we love what it’s created,” he added. “It’s an incredible thing to be part of; it doesn’t happen that often. Don’t worry, it’s not going to disappear.”
Guess we had better let Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss in on our plans. Thoughts?