It was announced at the 2016 Television Critics Association winter press tour that fans probably won’t see the return of the BBC crime drama Sherlock until sometime in 2017. A big reason for the long break seems to be the current demand for the shows lead actors, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, due to their rise in popularity since the shows first season.
“As you know, Benedict has gotten to be somewhat popular since we began our work with him, and he very much wants to continue with Sherlock. As you know, they are produced almost like films, and we’re hoping the next one will be about a year from now“, said Paula Kerger, President of PBS, the network that airs the show in the US.
Martin Freeman, who plays Dr. John Watson is set to appear in Captain America: Civil War and Benedict Cumberbatch has taken up the role of Dr. Strange in the upcoming superhero flick of the same name.
Though 2017 is the predicted premiere date for US viewers, the UK air date will most likely also be around a similar time.