Martin Freeman says ‘Sherlock’ likely to return for Christmas special in 2015

Watson actor hints at festive one-off

Martin Freeman has suggested that Sherlock will return at Christmas next year (2015).

The actor, who plays Watson alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in the BBC drama, spoke to The Telegraph about when viewers are likely to see the next instalment. Freeman previously said the busy cast and crew were finding it difficult to create time to shoot a fourth series but that a one-off feature-length episode could get made.

Freeman added: “If that’s going to be [for] a special – I’m speaking off-message here; if this was New Labour I’d get fired – I think that might be for next Christmas. A Christmas special – that’s what I understand.”

Freeman also went on to speculate as to what could happen in the episode. “While we play fast and loose with the original stories, we generally follow the trajectory of what Conan Doyle did,” he said. “So he gets married, and then Mary dies – so at some point presumably she’ll die.”

These quotes correlate with what writer Mark Gatiss recently said about Sherlock when he claimed that “progress” had been made in getting the cast and crew together to make another series of the hit drama series.