Sherlock fans have had to follow their own set of clues. If they pieced together the Twitter posts coming from BBC One earlier this week, they will have discovered that the show is returning for a special, followed by three full episodes.
The first hint was a GIF of Moriarty, played by Andrew Scott, along with the caption, “Did you miss me?” Soon after, another post appeared, reading, “It’s all gone dark… Something’s coming… Or someone. Details at 2:21pm tomorrow.” These clues certainly tickled the fancy of Sherlock fans everywhere.
— BBC One (@BBCOne) July 1, 2014
This isn’t the first time the BBC have employed such tactics. Last November, they revealed the UK airdate for the return by hinting at Sherlock’s shooting locations.
According to Deadline, they will start filming the special in January, and continue throughout 2015. This confirmation has been a long time coming, given that the show’s two stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, have demanding schedules. There was even some indecision over whether Freeman would return.
Executive producer, co-creator and writer Steven Moffat (The Adventures of Tintin) said of the news, “A special, plus a new series of three episodes – it’s a record-breaking run! Of course, it’s far too early to say what’s coming, but we’re reasonably confident that the very next thing to happen to Sherlock and John, is the very last thing you’d expect…”
The BBC backed this up, stating, “We’re ready to unleash the most shocking and surprising series of #Sherlock yet. The only thing to expect is the unexpected…”
It sounds like the only thing fans can expect is more thrilling and plot-twisting drama.