Sherlock confirmed to return for fourth series

Benedict Cumberbatch has confirmed he is returning for a fourth series of 'Sherlock' and is keen to play the titular detective in the BBC One drama series for even more episodes afterwards

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Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch has confirmed 'Sherlock' will return for a fourth series.

The 36-year-old star revealed the BBC One drama show has been recomissioned, which will see him film "three more episodes" as the titular detective after shooting the current trio being made for the third series of the programme.

He said: "We've agreed to two more series but I could get into trouble for saying that.

"All I know at the moment is I'm doing these three and another three."

But Benedict doesn't want to stop at four series and admitted he would love to keep the show going for even more seasons but it would depend on the availability of Martin Freeman - who portrays Holmes' assistant Doctor John Watson - and the "ability" of showrunner Steven Moffat.

Speaking to the Radio Times magazine, he added: "It just depends on Martin and I's availability, how long we can keep it going. It depends on Steven's ability. I'd love to keep it going."

The dramatic climax of the last series saw Holmes fake his own death, and Martin recently admitted he still doesn't have a clue how the titular detective performed such a stunt.

He said: "Mark [Gatiss] and Steven play their cards very close to their chests - I haven't even seen a script for the next series.

"I texted Mark the other day saying can I see one and he said not yet - so I'm as in the dark as everyone else is really.

"From what Steven and Mark have intimated to me the rumours have got quite close, I think - but honest to God, I don't know how it [Sherlock's faked death] happened either.

"I genuinely don't know. They probably don't tell us because they don't trust we won't blab it."

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