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'Sherlock' Creators Talk Season 4 and Beyond

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are back for a fourth season—but is it the last?
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in Sherlock.
high res Sherlock credit BBC-Hartswood Films-Todd Antony_sm Source: Todd Antony/Hartswood Films/BBC

Since it began in 2010, Sherlock, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’s cinematic, modern-day adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective stories, has gained a cult following—on Tumblr, memes devoted to Benedict Cumberbatch’s unpredictable, quicksilver Sherlock and Martin Freeman’s weary sidekick Dr. John Watson can feel unavoidable.

But its stars’ popularity could be its undoing: Season four, premiering on New Year’s Day in the U.K. and U.S., was almost impossible to make because both actors are so in demand, in Hollywood and elsewhere. Could this be Sherlock’s last case?

Season four picks up two

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