The game is afoot and so is the fourth season of Hartswood Films’ Sherlock TV series. PBS and BBC One have announced filming for Sherlock, season four, has begun. This is good news for co-star Amanda Abbington (Mary Morstan). Abbington starred in the Cuffs TV series, which was cancelled by BBC One after one season. She also plays Miss Mardie on Mr. Selfridge, which recently began its fourth and final season on PBS.
The upcoming three-episode fourth season of Sherlock, features Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch), back in UK, as Doctor John Watson (Martin Freeman) and his wife, Mary, ready themselves for the arrival of their baby. The announcement quotes co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss (pictured above) saying: “This is the story we’ve been telling from the beginning. A story about to reach its climax.” Should we deduce that the upcoming season might conclude with the Sherlock TV series finale?
Stars Cumberbatch and Freeman have really seen their careers take off, since the beginning of Sherlock. The fact that they are so in demand is one reason it has taken so long to start production on the fourth season.
Doctor Who writers Moffat and Gatiss conceived the series during their train rides to Cardiff, Wales, where that series is shot. It has always been a labor of love for them, and for the stars — who do it when they can.
On his IMDb.com page, Cumberbatch currently has five films listed in various stages of production: The Current War, Flying Horse, Doctor Strange, Magik, and Jungle Book: Origins.
In January, Crackle ordered Freeman’s new Start Up drama, with Adam Brody, straight to series. The Fargo alum’s IMDb profile lists four films in the offing: Official Secrets, Funny Cow, Captain America: Civil War, and Ghost Stories.
Speaking of ghosts, it seems they will feature prominently in the fourth season of Sherlock. The BBC’s filming announcement opens with a quote: “We all have a past. Ghosts. They are the shadows that define our every sunny day…” It later quotes Moffat and Gatiss as saying, “Ghosts of the past are rising in the lives of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson bringing adventure, romance and terror in their wake.”
Get all the details, on Sherlock, season four, from this BBC press release:
Date: 06.04.2016 Last updated: 06.04.2016 at 13.00
Category: BBC One; Drama; Wales
“We all have a past. Ghosts. They are the shadows that define our every sunny day…”
Filming for series four of Sherlock, the multi-award-winning hit BBC One drama produced by Hartswood Films, has started.
Sherlock will return to screens with three brand-new episodes promising laughter, tears, shocks, surprises and extraordinary cases…
Series four begins with the nation’s favourite detective, the mercurial Sherlock Holmes, back once more on British soil, as Doctor Watson and his wife, Mary, prepare for their biggest ever challenge – becoming parents for the first time.
Benedict Cumberbatch said he was “genuinely thrilled to be back filming Sherlock with all the cast and crew. I can’t wait for everyone to see season four. But you will have to wait… though not for long… And it will be worth it.”
The first of the three feature-length episodes will be directed by Rachel Talalay, who has worked as a director, producer, and professor in film and television for more than 25 years, having previously directed Doctor Who, The Flash and The Wind In The Willows.
Co-creators, writers and executive producers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss say: “Sherlock series four – here we go again! Whatever else we do, wherever we all go, all roads lead back to Baker Street – and it always feels like coming home. Ghosts of the past are rising in the lives of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson bringing adventure, romance and terror in their wake. This is the story we’ve been telling from the beginning. A story about to reach its climax…”
Sue Vertue, Executive Producer for Hartswood Films, says: “It’s taken a while to gather everyone together for series four, but I can confidently say I think it will be well worth the wait!”
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, which aired on New Year’s Day this year, was the most watched programme over the festive season with 11.6 million viewers and the highest-ever audience share for a Sherlock episode. The Victorian special was also released in thousands of cinemas around the world to complement the TV broadcast.
Sherlock is written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock is produced by Sue Vertue and the executive producers are Beryl Vertue, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat for Hartswood Films, Bethan Jones for BBC Cymru Wales and Rebecca Eaton for Masterpiece. It is distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide.
Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of MASTERPIECE on PBS says, “This is the kind of news that has our audience cheering. Along with our millions of fans, I can’t wait to see what the boys do next.” Neither can we.
Are you a fan of the Sherlock TV series? Do you think the fourth season will be its swan song? Is time for it to end, or would you like to see it renewed for a fifth season? Sound off, in the comments.