‘Sherlock’ Might Get One-Off Special Before Season 4

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“Miss me?”

Those were the last word uttered during the season three finale of Sherlock, and to fans of the program (Sherlockians, if you will) the answer was “a definite yes!”

The hit BBC series based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s sleuth and his companion, won’t be seeing a season four for almost two years according to series co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, but it’s beginning to sound like they have something in the works for the meantime.

While appearing on Alan Carr’s Channel 4 talk show, Chatty Man which airs tonight (April 25), John Watson himself Martin Freeman had revealed that Moffat and Gatiss might be working on a one-off episode to tide fans over until season four is released.

“Mark Gatiss may beat me up, but there is an idea for this one-off special that’s such a good idea, and as I was listening to it I thought ‘we’ve just got to do this’. And I don’t know when we are going to be able to do it, unfortunately.”

He added: “It’s a fantastic, really mouth-watering idea. But I really don’t know when we are going to get to do it.”

The long void in new episodes is not uncommon for the series that only releases three, two-hour episodes a year, around Christmas time. Due to Freeman and show star Benedict Cumberbatch’s busy upcoming schedule, the yearly gift has been pushed back to two years which means the one-off special would be a nice way to give back to the eager and hungry fans.