Sherlock: Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss confirm series three

They toyed with us right up to the end but last night Sherlock's creators revealed he will be coming back

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Stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman had both expressed doubts about a third series of Sherlock, with Freeman even saying on The One Show that it would be hard to do after the ending to series two. But the moment the credits rolled on last night’s finale, both creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss took to Twitter to say it’s coming back.

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The two of them separately tweeted the word “Gotcha!”. Then Moffat (@Steven_Moffat) began: “Yes of course there’s going to be a third series.”

Gatiss (@MarkGatiss) and Moffat then revealed: “It was commissioned at the same time as series two!!”

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The series ended with an episode called The Reichenbach Fall, based loosely on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Final Problem, which famously featured the death of Sherlock Holmes and his archenemy, Moriarty. While public pressure eventually persuaded Conan Doyle to resurrect his creation, it’s clear Gatiss and Moffat needed no such persuasion.

“Gotcha!” tweeted Gatiss (@MarkGatiss).