Steven Moffat: Sherlock Series 4 “Could Be” The Last

Alongside a brand new photo from the set of Sherlock Series 4 comes a warning from co-creator, Steven Moffat: this could be the last we’ll see of Sherlock and Watson in this guise.

The comments are made regarding the same lines as have been discussed before – that they don’t know how long Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will be happy and available to work on the award-winning show. Moffat says:

“I don’t know how long we can keep it going. I’m personally willing but I’m hardly the main draw. I would be moderately surprised if this was the last time we ever made this show. But it absolutely could be… We do have two film stars in the programme. They haven’t needed to do these jobs for a very long time. They’re coming back because they want to. I’m amazed that we’ve got this far. I thought that once they had become extremely successful, we would only get to do one more series.”

Mind you, it their love of Sherlock that makes the show’s future look pretty good; even if they’re busy for the next couple of years, the show could still come back. The showrunner adds:

“That’s why I think it’s unlikely that we’ve completely finished it. There would be nothing strange in stopping for a while. It could go on forever, coming back now and again.”

To stay with the upbeat tone of that statement, here’s a new photo of Sherlock with a bloodhound.

Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch

Okay, so what can we expect from the upcoming series? Moffat tells the Telegraph that all the big Arthur Conan Doyle tales have been tackled, so we’re heading into stranger waters:

“There are stories that we are making use of in different ways. We’re using stories that people don’t know so much. Now we are getting into equally good, but far less well known, Conan Doyle stories.”

Sherlock Series 4 is filming now, and is expected to screen in 28 years’ time. Or maybe next year, I can’t remember.