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Hey, remember a couple of months ago when Sherlock actor Martin Freeman spilled the beans on a potential one-off episode of the hit series in the works? Well, we have great news and not-so-great news for fans who might be hoping that BBC One will bring back the show, in whatever capacity, soon. Over the weekend, Freeman was again discussing the possibility of a new episode, and he revealed that Sherlock will be back for a Christmas special… just not until 2015.
The timestamp on that new episode certainly puts a little “bah humbug” on the news, although it’s still undisputedly great to hear that a new episode of Sherlock is likely to eventually head to BBC One (and PBS in the United States). Here’s what Freeman had to tell The Telegraph about the likelihood of a one-off episode, as well as the fact that a full three episode series is currently not being planned.
“If that’s going to be a special - I’m speaking off-message here; if this was New Labour I’d get fired - I think that might be for next Christmas. A Christmas special. That’s what I understand.”
Sherlock is always a series that pops in and out of the schedule as it pleases. Most of this is due to lead actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman’s schedules; both actors are very in demand and finding time to shoot Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ series isn’t the easiest task. Freeman, for instance, is currently involved with Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit series of films. Additionally, he recently starred in FX’s new series Fargo. Cumberbatch also has his hands in many pots. He’s aso a part of The Hobbit movies, and has The Penguins of Madagascar and The Imitation Game set to appear in theaters this year. Peter Jackson may be able to get the two men in the same room, but he’s got a much bigger budget and more incentives than Sherlock does.
According to the Telegraph, the show plans to film sometime early in 2015, later airing around the holidays. Hopefully, with a little luck, the show will still be using the same basic idea that Freeman was super jazzed about back in April. Currently, we have no details on what the episode might contain, but if Freeman is excited about the potential premise, I am excited about the potential premise. Hopefully, the one-off episode will be confirmed soon, but even if it's not, fans will show up to watch it, whenever it airs. The majority of television programs would run out of momentum with such lengthy breaks, but because of the quality, the hype and the personalities involved, all involved could wait five years and still attract a lot of eyeballs. Here's to hoping they don't, though.