Sherlock series three - filming begins early 2013

But it's too early to confirm transmission times, admits executive producer Beryl Vertue

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It's the news you've been waiting for - the third series of Sherlock will begin filming in early 2013, according to Beryl Vertue, one of the show's executive producers.

However, Vertue - who is speaking at the Nations and Regions Media conference in Salford today - told BBC in-house publication Ariel that it was too early to confirm transmission times for the next series of the hit BBC1 drama, which completed its most recent run of episodes back in January of this year.

The announcement means that fans - who number around 10 million viewers - may have quite a wait before they discover how the great detective managed to fake his own death and survive his rooftop confrontation with Jim Moriarty (Andrew Scott) at the end of the last series.

Lead actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman currently have big-screen commitments - Cumberbatch on the sequel to 2009's Star Trek and Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit. But aficionados will be heartened to know that Baker Street still awaits the pair next year.

So, are you excited by the prospect of more cases or frustrated by the lengthy waiting time? Comment and let us know.