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First Look: Sherlock Series 4

With the rumour mill and all eyes set on Baker Street it’s time to share what we’ve learned (and what seems fantastical and possibly unlikely) about our favourite detectives’ new series.


BBC One have confirmed the titles of two of the new episodes: The Six Thatchers and The Lying Detective. The Six Thatchers is likely to be based on Sir Arthur’s story The Adventure of the Six Napoleans, while the second episode’s title is thought to be a reference to The Adventure of the Dying Detective. Excitingly Dr Watson has already blogged about The Six Thatchers here.

Creator and executive producer Mark Gatiss (who also plays Mycroft Holmes) commented: “It’ll be on, probably at the beginning of next year when it usually is. We’re very excited about it. I think it’s the best one we’ve done, it’s very big chewy stuff, meaty. Lots of big life changing things happen in it and all kinds of non-specific things like that I can say about it.”

Sherlock and Watson BBCThe first official photo of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman reprising their roles as Sherlock and Watson for series 4 of the BBC’s beloved adaptation shows some alarming changes to John Watson’s appearance – and we thought we were disturbed by his moustache in series 3! – leading to speculation that the ‘big’ and ‘meaty’ life changing stuff might not be all for the good.

One rumour that’s done the rounds is that Mary Watson will meet her tragic end in the new series – could this be a reason for John’s drawn and aged appearance and his greying hair? At the end of series 3 we found out that Mary is pregnant, so let’s hope all goes well for the appearance of mini Watson. However, let’s not forget that Conan Doyle’s Mary Watson was also a short-lived character.

A more delicious rumour is that Tom Hiddleston will star, playing Sherlock’s other brother Sherrinford. This one has been getting fans’ hopes up all summer, but as this article on the Radio Times explains, the BBC doesn’t comment on speculation – so the fact they’ve been teasing us means it’s pretty unlikely to happen. But they created this lovely video for us to drool over all the same.

Luckily it seems that our earlier post about Sherlock’s canine assistant was true!

It has also been hinted that series 4 will be the last ever series of Sherlock, though we fervently hope that just isn’t true… It seems the source for this was comments made by co-creator and executive producer Steven Moffat: “we do have two film stars in the program. They haven’t needed to do these jobs for a very long time. They’re coming back because they want to,” he said.

“I don’t know how long we can keep it going. I’m personally willing, but I’m hardly the main draw. I would be moderately surprised if this was the last time we ever made this show”. We guess that’s the best we can hope for!

We’ll just have to wait until January 2017 to see what Sherlock series 4 has to offer.

1 Comment

    Tom Hiddleston – Benedict Cumberbatch and lovely Martin Freeman all together – all in one show. Oh my goodness. let it be so.

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