Mark Gatiss: We’re moving closer to getting a date for Sherlock series four

The co-creator tells that he and Steven Moffat are working on a return date for series four...

Sherlock fans can sleep safe in the knowledge that plans are afoot for the production of series four. 


Speaking to on the BAFTA red carpet, Mark Gatiss has said that he and co-creator Steven Moffat have “moved significantly closer to getting a date in the diary for series four.” 

It’s been uncertain how quickly the detective series would return after series three’s 2014 finale His Last Vow. Speaking earlier this year, producer Sue Vertue assured fans that, “We’re working on it. We’re working on dates,” while her husband Moffat promised “We’ll get them made as quickly as we can”.

Also showrunner on the BBC’s other fan favourite Doctor Who, Moffat is a busy man – as is Sherlock partner Mark Gatiss, who splits his time betwen writing and acting. But the sticking point in filming new episodes has increasingly been the availability of stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, whose careers are going stratospheric, thanks in no small part to the BBC1 detective drama.

“Benedict and Martin are making some movies,” also pointed out a deadpan Moffat. “If you say ‘Who cares about movies?’ I agree with you but they are doing them so we’ve got to schedule around that.”


With no confirmed date yet for series four, we’ll be sure to clear our diary completely.