'Sherlock' return date hasn't been decided yet, says creator

Co-creator Mark Gatiss dismisses online rumours that series three will begin in September

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Sherlock's co-creator Mark Gatiss has dismissed online rumours suggesting the show will be returning in September.

Stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are midway through filming series three of the hit detective drama created by Gatiss and Steven Moffat. "Last day on block 2 of #Sherlock," Gatiss wrote on Twitter yesterday (May 23). "It's been a blast as ever! Episode 3 begins shooting later in the summer."

Gatiss also took the opportunity to clarify the show's scheduling situtation with the following tweet:Back in March (2013), Cumberbatch appeared to let slip that he and Martin Freeman are already signed up for a fourth series of Sherlock. However, Moffat has since insisted that the actor spoke prematurely.

The first series of Sherlock aired in summer 2010, with a second run following in early 2012. Since then, the show's stars have become increasingly in demand. Freeman stars as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy, while Cumberbatch has landed roles in several high-profile films, including Star Trek Into Darkness and the forthcoming August: Osage County starring Meryl Streep.

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