UPDATE: 'Sherlock' Season 3 Spoilers: Cast Reveals How Holmes Survived His Fatal Fall In Season 2 Finale The much awaited third season of "Sherlock" is confirmed to hit televisions around the world, but the exact air date is still officially undisclosed. There are two conflicting reports regarding the air date of "Sherlock": one suggests the third season will air as soon as October 31st and the other hints that the new season will be early 2014. Martin Freeman revealed in the BAFTA red carpet that the premiere will be in December of this year or January 2014. Adding support to the early 2014 premiere date rumor is a statement by BBC which revealed that post-production work will carry into November. "Post-production will still be on-going for Sherlock until way into November," stated the BBC network. This information from BBC is crucial about the upcoming air date, as UK standards mandate that air-dates cannot be scheduled prior to the final products being ready. RELATED: 'Sherlock' Season 3 Spoilers Roundup: 8 Leaked Details To Know About The Upcoming Season
There were also rumors of a Christmas special by BBC regarding "Sherlock" but producer Sue Vertue took to Twitter to debunk that rampant rumor. "Sorry to squash the rumour but we haven't shot a #Sherlock Xmas special I'm afraid," tweeted Vertue. The one thing American fans can look forward to is a minimal delay between the broadcast in the US and the UK.
Curious about the future of the show? Turns out season 4 and 5 are a done deal! "We've agreed to two more series but I could get into trouble for saying that," said Benedict Cumberbatch when asked about a fourth season. "All I know at the moment is I'm doing these three [episodes of the upcoming series] and another three." RELATED: 'Sherlock' Season 3 Spoilers: 4 Things To Know About The New Season!
In a recent interview with Radio Times
, Freeman and "Sherlock" producer Mark Gatiss (who plays Mycroft Holmes) talked about Season 3 Episode 1 ("The Empty Hearse") and how Sherlock survived his fall. "How did he survive the fall?" Freeman said. "All the clues were on screen. It's not going to be a cheat - everything that we saw on that final episode offers hints as to how he did it." As for Sherlock and John's reunion in the season premiere, the episode is supposedly based on "The Adventure of the Empty House" but the reunion will differ from that written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. "He actually has a line in [series one finale] the Great Game which is 'The art of disguise is knowing how to hide in plain sight' and that was because, right from the start, I thought modern day Sherlock Holmes would not put putty noses on, he would basically be standing behind you now and you wouldn't know he was there," Gatiss said.