Much like the feeling that engulfs America the day after the 7th game of the World Series, the UK will wake up Monday morning struggling with the knowledge that Sherlock 3 has come to a close. In the U.S., no matter who wins the final game of the October classic, the only thing that is assured is that the following day, there will be no baseball game that night. Last night on BBC One when the final credits faded to black on ‘His Last Vow’, the final episode in series 3 of Sherlock, the only thing that was abundantly clear is that tonight, there was to be no new episode featuring the world’s greatest consulting detective.
Following last night’s series finale on BBC One, co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, along with producer Sue Vertue were in the BBC studios answering questions before a live studio audience. Predictably, one of the first questions that was probably on the minds of all UK fans and, most likely, every fan in the U.S. come the morning of February 3, was: “Should we expect a similar sort of wait for the next series or are you tempted to try and get it done in a year this time?”
As Moffat toyed with the audience referencing the crazy insane feature film work schedules of stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, not to mention that series co-creator, Mark Gatiss, splits his time between writing and acting while Moffat, himself, is also current Doctor Who show runner, it was producer Sue Vertue that stepped in and tamed the crowd with, “We’re working on it. We’re working on dates“. New to series 3 star, Amanda Abbington, in referencing the previous scheduling nightmares, let it be known that should producers be keen on starting up series 4 soon, now would be ok in the Freeman/Abbington household by proclaiming, “Martin’s free for now.”
Unfortunately, ‘quick’ would still mean 12 months before any new episodes, but better than the excruciatingly long 24 months between series 2 and 3. Good news for those not knowing what to do today in the UK and those in the U.S. that know what lies ahead for them on February 3.