New Sherlock Begins Filming

Tea Time Tidbit for the week of April 11, 2016


Mark Gatiss announcing the start of the
filming of Sherlock Season 4

One has to wonder if Benedict Cumberbatch ever takes a break? He went straight from appearing in the title role of Hamlet in London’s West End, to filming Dr. Strange, where he plays Marvel Comics' fictional superhero. The film will be released in November and Cumberbatch made a surprise appearance – in full costume - at the comic book store JHU Comic Books in New York where filming concluded on April 3rd. Less than a week later, Cumberbatch was back in London to begin taping...wait for it...drum roll please...Sherlock!

Yes, after a two year wait, Sherlock Season 4 is finally underway. Co-creators, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss heralded the start of filming with a somewhat cryptic announcement from Moffat.

Sherlock series four — here we go again! Whatever else we do, wherever we all go, all roads lead back to Baker Street — and it always feels like coming home. Ghosts of the past are rising in the lives of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson bringing adventure, romance and terror in their wake.”

The new series also apparently brings a new challenge for Dr. Watson and his wife Mary, played by real-life couple Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington, as they prepare to become parents. Freeman and Abbington, who we also know as Miss Mardle in Mr. Selfridge, and as Siobhan in After You’ve Gone, are as close-lipped about the status of their relationship as they are about the Sherlock plot. The couple, who have two children, have been together since 2000 and although Freeman said at the end of last year that they “might have married already,” he refuses to elaborate.

Just three episodes of Sherlock Season 4 are being made, and it’s speculated that the first will air in the U.K. on New Year’s Day of 2017. That episode is being directed by Rachel Talalay, who is the first woman to direct a Sherlock episode. She previously worked on another Moffat/Gatiss vehicle; Doctor Who.

In the same week that filming began on Sherlock Season 4, Gatiss also celebrated his winning the U.K.’s Tony Award equivalent, the Olivier Award, for Best Supporting Actor in the play Three Days In The Country. The Best Supporting Actress award went to none other than Dame Judi Dench, for her performance as Paulina in The Winter’s Tale. The 81-year-old, who was helped up to the stage by her Winter’s Tale co-star, Kenneth Branagh has now won more Olivier Awards than any other actress. Another big winner at the award ceremony was Imelda Staunton, wife of Jim Carter, better known as Downton Abbey’s Mr. Carson. Staunton won the Best Actress in a Musical award for her performance as Mama Rose in Gypsy. Carter was a presenter for the award show. You can read more about the Oliver Awards and see photographs from this years and past years’ events at

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