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Sherlock to get third series on BBC


Story by Jack Foley

SHERLOCK is to return for a third series in spite of the dramatic end to its sophomore run.

An estimated 7.9 million viewers tuned in to see the final episode, The Reichenbach Fall, and its dramatic conclusion.

But posting on Twitter immediately after the finale, series co-creator Steven Moffat said: “Of course there’s going to be a third series – it was commissioned at the same time as the second. Gotcha!”

The jokey reference at the end was in reference he made to the BBC and other publications ahead of the second season, in which he hinted that there was “no guarantee we’ll be bringing him back”.

Sherlock is a modern take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective and stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role and Martin Freeman as Dr Watson.

As yet, there is no indication of when the third series will be either filmed or transmitted but it is unlikely to be until next year at the earliest given that both of its leading men are involved in major Hollywood movies.

Cumberbatch was recently cast as the villain in the new Star Trek film, while Freeman is currently shooting The Hobbit in New Zealand.

But Moffat’s writing partner, Mark Gatiss, also wrote on Twitter: “Gotcha! And of course there’ll be a third series!” As if to underline the duo’s commitment to bring the detective back.

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