Martin Freeman: Working on Sherlock “would lose a lot of its appeal” if we made more

Some fans would like to see more of the detective drama but it’s the show’s “intermittent” nature that makes it “do-able” says Freeman

If it were up to certain Sherlock fans, there’d be a new case for Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman’s crime-solving duo every week. But maybe they should be careful what they wish for…

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Freeman says that it’s precisely the “intermittent” nature of the show that keeps him coming back, and that it “would soon lose a lot of its appeal” if he was asked to do much more of it.

In fact, the traditional two year wait for more Sherlock will be slightly shorter this time around with fans being treated to a seasonal special, set for Christmas 2015, between series three and four.

But having been involved in marathon movie trilogy The Hobbit, Freeman says filming Sherlock is a breath of fresh air, and he’d like it to stay that way.

“By American standards it’s nothing!” he says of the time it takes he and co-star Benedict Cumberbatch to shoot the series. “Even by Downton standards it’s pretty short! It’s not eight months of our year, and it’s not every year. It’s so intermittent. That’s what for me makes it do-able.

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“I don’t know about Ben but certainly for me it would soon lose a lot of its appeal if we were schlepping that around for eight months of the year, every year,” Freeman tells The Independent, “a bit of the sheen would have gone off it.”