“Sherlock” co-creator Mark Gatiss has confirmed that the show’s crew have started pre-production of the series’ special episode its fans assume would be slated for Christmas 2015. He has also revealed some more details about the upcoming special. Read on to learn more.
In an interview with Radio Times, Gatiss said that “Sherlock’s” one-off episode, which is tentatively scheduled for a holiday offering next year, is already in its pre-production stages. Gatiss estimated that filming for this will be done by spring 2015. While the story has this Yuletide feel and would go well airing during Christmas season, the writer and producer is not certain if it will follow such a schedule. It could air earlier than expected.
“When they show it is entirely down to the schedulers. It would fit as a Christmas special but there’s no guarantee of that – they used to show the Mike Yarwood [Christmas] Show in the summertime,” said Gatiss in the exclusive interview.
Fans eager for a follow up to the story after watching “Sherlock’s” third season, which ended in January 2014, have been aware that the next installments to the show would take a while because of scheduling conflicts with the lead actors, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, who play Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson respectively. The two are currently tied up to big-budgeted movie projects. But the one-off special is supposed to fill the gap of the long wait.
Still, Gatiss hinted that it may all be worth waiting for, as followers of the series can expect some answers to the cliffhanger from the previous season, specifically the return of Moriarty, who’s supposedly already dead. Gatiss also alluded that a tragedy may happen.
“You can always expect tragedy as well as adventure, that’s just how it goes," noted Gatiss in another Radio Times exclusive.
Fans speculate that Gatiss was talking about the death of Mary, Watson’s new bride, who is played by Amanda Abbington. In the Sherlock books written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mary did actually meet her death. But Gatiss advised fans not to assume too quickly.
"Just because it’s in the stories doesn’t mean it’ll happen in the series because there’s an awful lot of changes and an awful lot of places to go and things to do," he said in the interview.
Gatiss also posted the latest photo for “Sherlock” on his Twitter account.
Based on the lost story 'The Adventure of the Missing Shoulder'… pic.twitter.com/SxaGnYsev1
— Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) November 25, 2014
Photo source: Wikimedia Commons/RanZag