At the South Bank Show Awards Cumberbatch revealed that he and co-star Martin Freeman had already agreed to 2 new series saying: “All I know at the moment is I’m doing these three [episodes of the upcoming series] and another three.”
After saying that he and Freeman had agreed to two more series of Sherlock Cumberbatch quickly added:”I could get into trouble for saying that.”
As well as giving us the great news about a fourth series of the show Cumberbatch also said that he would love to keep the show going longer still. One problem that the show suffers from is that all of the actors and writers are incredibly successful and in demand for so many other productions.
Martin Freeman for example has spent many months working on the lead role of Bilbo Baggins for the upcoming Peter Jackson movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as well as its sequel The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. This last movie also stars his Sherlock co-star Benedict Cumberbatch in the role of Smaug.
Cumberbatch is not only involved with his movie role as Smaug, a main role in Star Trek Into Darkness and the role of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange but is also heavily involved in many other tv and radio roles. One good tip for Sherlock fans looking to see a different side of Cumberbatch is to listen to some episodes of the brilliant Radio 4 series Cabin Pressure. This stars not only Benedict Cumberbatch but also includes the wonderful Roger Allam, John FInnemore and Stephanie Cole.
The cast of Sherlock has their first read through of the series 3 episodes yesterday and released a somewhat bizarre photo on Twitter of Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch both wearing flat caps and making funny faces.
The filming of series 3 of Sherlock starts this Monday with the first episode to be filmed being the series opener which will explain exactly how Sherlock managed to survive his seemingly fatal fall from the roof of St Bart’s Hospital at the end of the last series. Series 3 of Sherlock is due to be shown on BBC1 later this year. Sorry America but it looks like you are going to have to wait until early next year before you get to see the answer to the question of Sherlock’s death on PBS.