BBC’s Sherlock to be directed by a female for the first time

Rachel Talalay is the first female director to feature on the show

BBC’s ‘Sherlock’ will feature a female director for the first time in season four. Rachel Talalay will direct the first of the three feature-length episodes for BBC one.

Previously working on Doctor Who, The Flash and The Wind In The Willows, Talalay will be the first female director to work on the show.

In her 25-year-career in TV and film, Talalay has also worked on Tank Girl, Freddy’s Dead (Nightmare on Elm Street 6), Ally McBeal, Without a Trace and Touching Evil. She also produced films including Hairspray and The Borrowers.

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In a statement to the BBC, Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch commented: “I can’t wait for everyone to see season four. But you will have to wait … though not for long … And it will be worth it.”

Filming for the three new episodes has already started, with Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Martin Freeman returning as Doctor Watson.

Creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss said of season four: “Whatever else we do, wherever we all go, all roads lead back to Baker Street – and it always feels like coming home.

“Ghosts of the past are rising in the lives of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson bringing adventure, romance and terror in their wake. This is the story we’ve been telling from the beginning. A story about to reach its climax …”