The Wait Continues: Steven Moffat Reveals When Sherlock Is Set To Begin Filming

Credit: BBC
Credit: BBC

Sherlock co-creator, Steven Moffat, has finally revealed when the new series will begin filming. The bad news is it isn’t until spring 2016, according to Digital Spy.

That’s right, it’s not filming for a whole year. This means Sherlock won’t be on our television screens any time soon.

Moffat has said that the upcoming series will be an “emotional upheaval” and it will leave fans wanting series five. He said, “[Series Four] is going to be…I suppose you’d say…consequences. It’s consequences. Chickens come to roost. It’s dark in some ways – obviously it’s great fun and a Sherlock Holmes romp and all that – but there’s a sense of things coming back to bite you.”

Being so desperate for series four now, and knowing by the end of four that we will be desperate for series five, makes this wait even more torturous. It also begs the question of how long will we have to wait for series five. It seems like a never ending game of waiting with tiny bits of relief in the middle. We will always be desperate for what comes next.

The other co-creator, Mark Gatiss, has expressed why these long periods of hiatus’s are important. They keep the both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman interested in returning to the show. But it that still doesn’t make the wait any easier, especially when so many of us enjoy binge watching through episodes. Three 90-minute episodes with years sometimes between series is something not many other fandoms have to deal with.

Right now, our only piece of solace is the stand alone special Sherlock episode that will premiere later in 2015. The episode will be the same ninety minutes, but it will be set in Victorian London. Moffat has described is as “its own little bubble.”

The date hasn’t been announced yet, but there is speculation that it will air around Christmas.

Sherlock won the public-voted Radio Times Audience Award during the BAFTA Television Awards, hosted by Graham Norton, on Sunday May 10th.

Kelli Heidelberger