Sherlock to film in January

The next series of 'Sherlock' - starring Benedict Cumberbatch - will begin filming in January

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Benedict Cumberbatch

The third series of 'Sherlock' will begin filming in January.

The BBC drama - which features Benedict Cumberbatch as a modern-day version of the London-based sleuth, with Martin Freeman as his sidekick Watson - will start up in early 2013, writer Mark Gatiss has confirmed.

He said: "There's going to be more soonish.

"We start filming in January. It might be more expensive but they both wanted to do it. It's very exciting."

'Sherlock' has been a huge success for the BBC, and Martin - who is set to star in Sir Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit' this year - has previously revealed he was shocked at the amount of viewers it managed to pull in, even beating BBC stalwart 'EastEnders'.

He said: "Some of the viewing figures we got with the second series of Sherlock were f**king outrageous."

"One week, we beat 'EastEnders', and I'm so proud - not because we beat 'EastEnders' - but I'm just proud that millions, I mean literally millions of people wanted to watch it then. That night, do you know what I mean?'

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