Benedict Cumberbatch’s Message For ‘Sherlock’ Fans, Update On ‘Sherlock’ Season 4

Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Mark Gatiss, and Andrew Scott are quickly becoming some of the most sought-after television actors as Sherlock moves from strength to strength, establishing itself as one of the most popular TV shows airing today.

Only three seasons in, Sherlock has garnered fans like never before, making Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman probably the most popular representations of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in history. Season 3 ended in January, 2014, leaving fans wanting more Sherlock and, in particular, more Benedict Cumberbatch.

As iDigitalTimes reported, Sherlock fans will be treated to a one-episode special starring Benedict Cumberbatch, expected to be released in late 2015, with Season 4 slated for release in 2016.

And while U.S. viewers have traditionally had to wait to catch up on the latest exploits of the U.K.’s Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, iDigitalTimes suspects that Season 4 will mean much less lag for U.S. viewers, and even predicts that episodes will air simultaneously with the U.K.

When Sherlock and Benedict Cumberbatch fans visited San Diego’s Comic-Con earlier this year, they were treated to an exclusive clip of the upcoming one-episode special starring Benedict Cumberbatch, which confirmed suspicions that the special would be timed for a Christmas release.

Unlike the show’s current modern setting, the one-episode special seems to be set in Victorian times, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in true Victorian style.

The trailer even makes note of the notable absence of the duo from TV screens. At one point, Sherlock’s landlady asked him about his absence, and his response is clearly a jab at the series’ absence from fans’ TVs.

“I hardly knew myself, Mrs. Hudson.”

Entertainment Tonight reports that it will be a few more months before fans will get to see Benedict Cumberbatch again and, unfortunately, executive producer Steven Moffat doesn’t have a firm date for its return, with “In the next year we hope” being the best he could offer.

The Sherlock panel saw a notable absence of stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Gatiss, and Andrew Scott. As Bleeding Cool News reported, Andrew Scott was on the set of Spectre, while Benedict Cumberbatch and Mark Gatiss were doing plays in London. But they all wanted to send a message to Sherlock fans at Comic-Con, and thanks to PBS, those who didn’t get to go can now see it.

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