With production finally set to begin Monday on Season 3 of Sherlock, star Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed there will indeed be a fourth season of the hit BBC1 drama.
"We've agreed to two more series but I could get into trouble for saying that," he told Radio Times. "All I know at the moment is I'm doing these three [episodes of the upcoming series] and another three [episodes, for Season 4]."
That naturally comes as great news to fans of the series, created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, which stars Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as John Watson in 21st-century London. Although there had been no official announcements about the future of Sherlock, rumors persisted that Season 3 could be the last, in large part because of the increasingly busy schedules of the two stars.
When asked by Radio Times about continuing beyond the fourth season, Cumberbatch replied, ""It just depends on Martin and I's availability, how long we can keep it going. It depends on Steven's ability. I'd love to keep it going."
Sherlock's third season will debut this fall in the United Kingdom and likely in early 2014 in the United States.