Martin Freeman: Sherlock series 3 starts filming “the week after next”

The star has read the script but says he's still not completely sure how the detective survived 'the fall'...

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A “brilliant” script for the first episode of Sherlock series three will start filming “the week after next”, says Martin Freeman.

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The star, who plays John Watson opposite Benedict Cumberbatch’s great detective in the BBC1 drama, shared the news with Graham Norton on his marathon BBC3 Comic Relief chat show last night.

Freeman says he’s read the script for the episode that will explain how Sherlock managed his death-defying plunge in series two finale The Reichenbach Fall – “Yes, it’s brilliant” – but admits it hasn’t completely cleared up the mystery for him.

Asked whether he now knew how Sherlock had survived, Freeman admitted “Do you know what, actually, no. Even we, on reading the script, aren’t quite sure. [Writer] Mark Gatiss is a clever fella.”

Meanwhile, Norton showed Freeman and his audience an increasingly explicit range of fan art depicting John and Sherlock in compromising positions.

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“There are lots of people determined that we are at it,” said Freeman. “Lots of people.”