Martin Freeman, who has starred opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in every episode of Sherlock so far, has chatted about the show’s future. By the sounds of it, making a new series is not currently a pressing concern…
Freeman said this in an interview with Collider: “They’re few and far between, the discussions about Sherlock, just because Mark [Gatiss] and Steven [Moffat], the writers, and Benedict [Cumberbatch] and I, are all lucky enough to be not only working on stuff that we like and are interested in, but we know what Sherlock is. You don’t look that gift horse in the mouth ‘cause that sort of stuff doesn’t happen very often, in someone’s life. It’s a huge, huge, worldwide hit, and way beyond anything we could’ve imagined.”
The Doctor Watson actor added this: “The way the story went, in the last series, felt like, if not a full stop, then certainly a semi-colon or an ellipses. It felt like a pause. It didn’t feel like something where we could just pop up the next year and go, ‘Hey, folks, we’re back.’ It felt a bit more momentous than that. Not final, necessarily, but the truth is that I don’t know because me and Ben don’t write it. I’m a huge believer in stopping doing something when you want to. If you’ve said what you want to say, get off the stage, and really have the guts to leave it. I don’t know if it’s more they want to say.”
And he also said this: “If it’s something really special, and if it’s something really meaty and interesting, then I think we’d all be open to that. […] It always felt like an event, so if we do more, it has to be worthy of that. We couldn’t come back with something that was quite good. It would have to feel really, really special.”
We’ll keep you posted if we hear any more Sherlock series 5 news, we’ll let you know.