‘Sherlock’ season 4: Martin Freeman on filming delays, schedules

Sherlock season 3Remember those quotes regarding there being less of a delay between “Sherlock” seasons 3 and 4 than there was between seasons 2 and 3? Well, that’s no longer a sure thing. The best-laid plans can sometimes go to waste, and in this case, some scheduling issues tend to get in the way.

We’ve already heard quite a bit about some of the upcoming gigs now for stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, which include separate stints playing Richard III. In addition to that, you’ve also got Steven Moffat hard at work on the new season of “Doctor Who.”

So in explaining to Digital Spy a little about the potential delay for filming season 4, Martin Freeman explained that while there are no firm plans just yet, this is something that everyone will have to decide at one point to actually commit to and strive to make happen:

“It’s very hard to get together. But it’s one of those things where you have to at some point just go, ‘We’re going to do it now’ – otherwise we could be having this conversation in three years … There comes a point where you’ve got to p***  or get off the pot.”

As we’ve said in the past, though, the nice thing about a show like “Sherlock” is that it’s not one that is so completely bound by having to film in one place for an extremely long span of time. Once the scripts are written, they can shoot one episode, take a break for a while so that the actors can go off and do another gig, and then eventually come back and do another one. There are only three episodes in a season, as well, so this isn’t your standard TV job that takes a good three-quarters of the entire year.

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