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article image‘Sherlock Forever’ and rumours persist of a Christmas special

By Mathew Wace Peck     Oct 16, 2013 in Entertainment
Benedict Cumberbatch could continue playing Sherlock Holmes “forever”, while those pesky rumours of a Christmas special of the BBC’s hit drama have resurfaced once again.
Earlier this week, Steven Moffat – who, with Mark Gatiss, is the co-creator of Sherlock – was speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. During his session, the writer and producer quoted Cumberbatch, who plays the title role (Sherlock Holmes) in the television series, as having said that he would carry on in the role “forever”.
Cumberbatch, 37, has never been in more demand as an actor, with a slew of movies and other projects appearing in recent months. He’s had five movies out this year – as Khan in J. J. Abrams’s second Star Trek movie, Star Trek Into Darkness, 12 Years a Slave, as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate, in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and August: Osage County – with another two due in 2014: The Hobbit: There and Back Again and, as the mathematician, father of the modern computer and Second World War codebreaker, Alan Turing, in The Imitation Game. He’s also cropped up in to radio plays in 2013 – Copenhagen and Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere.
Luckily for Sherlock fans, a season of the show tends to be just three episodes long, which means continuing to play the amateur sleuth shouldn’t take Cumberbatch away from other potantial projects.
Sherlock is for Christmas
Elsewhere, over at Metro, the Sherlock Christmas special flames have been fanned once more. In September, rumours were doing the rounds that a Christmas special edition of the series was being planned.
However, as reported by Unreality TV, Sherlock ’s producer, Sue Vertue, tweeted to refute the idea. “Sorry to squash the rumour but we haven’t shot a #Sherlock Xmas special I’m afraid,” she wrote. That hasn’t stopped the speculation, though.
Then a few days ago, Metro asked again, “Will mistletoe and crime make for a Christmas special?”
However, in the same article, Metro quotes Gatiss – who has written the first episode of season 3 – thus: “We don’t have any plans for a one-off Christmas special, although The Blue Carbuncle is a gorgeous story and I’m sure it would form the centre of a larger one very easily and it would be lovely to do a Christmas one, one day.”
The Blue Carbuncle is an Arthur Conan Doyle short story, originally published in The Strand Magazine, in 1892. It sees Holmes visit his friend Dr John Watson (played by Martin Freeman in Sherlock), whereupon the duo find themselves investigating a mystery involving a battered old hat, a Christmas goose and a carbuncle. A perfect Christmas tale.
So, it probably isn’t happening yet, but given what Gatiss has said – and his penchant for producing ghost stories for Christmas television – and with the news that Cumberbatch is seemingly happy to carry on playing the role “forever”, it may well do in the future.
Meanwhile, season 3 of Sherlock is expected to air sometime over this coming winter.
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