Co-creator says schedules for all major players are being negotiated

Sherlock writer Mark Gatiss has said that “progress” has been made in getting the cast and crew together to make another series of the hit drama series.

Earlier this year, Martin Freeman said the cast and crew are finding it difficult to find a time to shoot a fourth series but that a one-off feature length episode could get made.

However, Gatiss disputed this suggestion and says that he believes a situation where his, Freeman plus Benedict Cumberbatch and showrunner Steven Moffatt’s schedules align is getting nearer.

“Benedict and Martin’s schedules, Steven’s schedule, my schedule, everybody’s schedule – it’s like a jigsaw puzzle,” Gatiss told Digital Spy at the BAFTA Television Awards. “But both [Martin and Benedict] are really very keen to carry on and as I say, we have made progress.”

He also disputed Freeman’s suggestion that a one-off episode could be made. “There was talk [of a single film, but] amongst people who have nothing to do with Sherlock, I’m afraid,” he joked.