After it debuted new episodes on New Year’s Day in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017, fans have got used to associating BBC detective drama Sherlock with the 1st of January – but sadly, as with last year, 2019 won’t see a new adventure for Benedict Cumberbatch’s master sleuth.
Take a look below for a full rundown on Sherlock’s future, as well as some other TV options for what to watch on New Year’s Day instead.
Well, creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss say they would be surprised if they never made any more Sherlock – but they’ve also suggested they have no immediate plans to make more of the smash-hit BBC drama.
“Nobody has ever closed the door on Sherlock – we just say the same thing all the time and it gets quoted different ways,” Moffat told RadioTimes.com in 2018.
“We haven’t got an immediate plan, but I would remain surprised, given the collective enthusiasm we have for it, if we didn’t do it again.
“When, I don’t know,” he continued. “I think maybe the time for a longer gap is upon us, I don’t know. A longer gap? They’re always long gaps!”
If you still fancy some sort of detective story starring a charismatic lead this New Year, you’re in luck! Idris Elba’s DCI John Luther is back for a new four-part series that kicks off on January 1st (9.00pm New Year’s Day), and it’s sure to be a brilliantly dark tale.
Alternatively If you want something a little lighter than still sees someone in a snazzy scarf uncovering a mystery, well, the BBC are catering for that too! Jodie Whittaker’s first Doctor Who special, Resolution, airs on the channel at 7.00pm on New Year’s Day, and is set to see the Time Lord face some sort of archeological puzzle (and possibly some Daleks).
And if ONLY Sherlock will do for your New Year’s viewing, then you can always check out an old episode.
Sadly none of Sherlock’s previous episodes are currently on BBC iPlayer, but you can check them out on Netflix UK if you’re so inclined. It’s elementary, really.
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