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There are some shows that inspire so much fanaticism from audiences that any news is good news. Sherlock is one of those programs, and on Friday we learned that there is some brand new news related to the series, falling in both the “any news” and “good news" categories. Star Martin Freeman, who plays Watson in the series, recently appeared on Channel 4’s Chatty Man series, noting that a one-off episode of Sherlock may be in the works.
Obviously, since Sherlock just ended its epic third season a few months ago, fans across the globe were expecting it to be a while before the BBC got new episodes in gear. According to Cultbox, that time may come sooner than we might have expected. In the interview, Freeman admitted that Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss has an idea for an episode that is so perfect the show might do a one-off episode. Here’s what he had to say.
“Mark Gatiss may beat me up, but there is an idea for this one-off special that’s such a good idea, and as I was listening to it I thought ‘we’ve just got to do this’. And I don’t know when we are going to be able to do it, unfortunately.”
Sherlock has been a great program for the BBC and PBS over the past several years, but it’s also been a frustrating show for fans. The series only produces three episodes for each season, and while those episodes are ninety minutes-long, three episodes is just not enough to really meet the demand. Additionally, each three-episode order only hits the schedule once every couple of years or so. The show doesn’t come like clockwork and new episodes are pretty elusive. Which is why news of a potential one-off episode is still good news, even if more than one episode would be better.
In the interview, Freeman also noted that he initially was under the impression that a new series of Sherlock would tape in the fall, which would make this article even more exciting. Regardless, those plans eventually fell to the wayside due to scheduling issues, leaving us to hold on to the hope that this one-off episode might actually happen. We literally have no hints about what this episode might entail, but Freeman did call the idea “mouthwatering.” Perhaps there is a watermelon involved.
Information on this one-off episode is scarce and it could be a while before any details are fleshed out. In the meantime, you can catch Martin Freeman on FX’s excellent new series Fargo and the show's other big star, Benedict Cumberbatch, has The Imitation Game in the works. Additionally, feel free to tide yourself over with the excellent Season 3 disguise sequence, below.