‘Sherlock’ special will be ‘devastating’, says Moffat

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Steven Moffat has revealed that the writers’ plan for next year’s Sherlock special “practically reduced our cast to tears”.

Sherlock will return for a one-off Christmas special in 2015, followed by a series of three new episodes in 2016.

Speaking backstage at last night’s Emmy Awards, Moffat teased: “We have a plan to top [Series 3] — and actually I do think our plan is devastating.”

He added: “We practically reduced our cast to tears by telling them the plan. Honestly, Mark [Gatiss] and myself are so excited with what we’ve got coming up, probably more excited than we’ve ever been about Sherlock.”

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Sherlock won seven awards at last night’s Emmys in Hollywood.

Moffat commented: “We were just starting to think that that phase of our lives was dying down because as shows get older they don’t win as often — just like people. We’re delighted that we’ve made it here and hopefully this gets more people watching. That’d be great.”

On the subject of when Series 4 will air, he said: “When they go out is up to the BBC. And I am their loyal servant. I simply do what they ask me.”

> Here’s everything we know about the Christmas special and Series 4 so far.

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