The start of production for the third season of BBC’s Sherlock has been moved from January to March to accommodate the increasingly busy schedules of stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, Inside TV reports. That means Series 3 of the popular detective drama likely won’t air until late 2013 in the United Kingdom (versus summer) and early 2014 in the United States.
Created by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Coupling) and Mark Gatiss (Doctor Who, The League of Gentlemen), Sherlock is a contemporary retelling of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic mysteries. Each season consists of three 90-minute episodes.
While Cumberbatch and Freeman were both familiar faces on television and in film before the drama’s 2010 premiere, their profiles have raised considerably in the past couple of years: Freeman stars in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, while Cumberbatch recently finished production of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness (he also plays the Necromancer and Smaug in The Hobbit).