Who would have predicted that “Sherlock” would become one of the biggest British television series of all time? We knew even back in the early days that it would be popular, and that was based mostly on the sole fact that it had a popular property behind it. However, it has since made global stars of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman and also scored enormous ratings to go along with it. While the wait between seasons seems to be getting longer every time (season 4 is not even filming until 2016), it is worth it just to continue to have the episodes versus not having the show at all.
The fact that these episodes are continuing to be made right now even blows away one of the people involved in making the show. Here is what Mark Gatiss had to say on the subject of the amazing success of the series in a recent chat with Digital Spy:
“We had high hopes for it – and we were very proud of it – but we had no concept it would [become such a hit]. We’ve only made ten, and the tenth one hasn’t even been on yet! But it’s extraordinary, the extent to which people have taken it to their hearts, and again, it’s a BBC world beater! An absolutely amazing thing to have done, and to be part of. So yeah, we’re all constantly thrilled, and amazed again by people’s enthusiasm for it – and we hope to carry on as long as we can.”
While we do think there will be a point where the series does come to a close for scheduling or other reasons, one of the real joys about the way it is structured is that there is never any worry about anyone feeling creatively bogged down. Benedict and Martin can go off to work on other projects, and then come back here a little bit later for some more stories. The same goes with Gatiss and fellow co-creator Steven Moffat.
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