'Sherlock' May End with Season 4
While fans are anticipating the fourth season of BBC One's Sherlock, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, creator Steven Moffat is warning that this may be the final year for the beloved show.
Cumberbatch has become a huge star, set to lead this year's Marvel film Doctor Strange, and has returned to the TV series out of loyalty, a fact Moffat was amazed about. “I don’t know how long we can keep it going,” Moffat told the Telegraph. “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. But it absolutely could be.”
The series was nominated for six Emmy Awards yesterday, and has been one of the network's most watched shows for some time. “We do have two film stars in the programme,” Moffat says.
“They haven’t needed to do these jobs for a very long time. They’re coming back because they want to. I’m amazed that we’ve got this far. I thought that once they had become extremely successful, we would only get to do one more series. There’s never going to come a time when we do a longer run, because this is what the series has become. It’s an occasional treat where you get three movies. It’s how it works.”
For season 4, “There are stories that we are making use of in different ways,” Moffat said. “We’re using stories that people don’t know so much. Now we are getting into equally good, but far less well known, Conan Doyle stories.”