"Sherlock" Returning for Season 4 and a New Special

By Chris Harnick
|  Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014  |  Updated 4:18 PM EDT
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"Sherlock" is back on the case in 2015. The hit series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will return for a special and three new episodes, BBC One announced. Production on the special is set to begin in January 2015 with the three new episodes going into production later this year.

"A special, plus a new series of three episodes--it's a record-breaking run. Of course, it's far too early to say what's coming, but we're reasonably confident that the very next thing to happen to Sherlock and John, is the very last thing you'd expect..." co-creator Steven Moffat said in a statement.

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Season three of "Sherlock" ended with one very big reveal. Spoiler warning, obviously. Moriarty's (Andrew Scott) face took over every TV, apparently announcing his return from the dead. "Miss me?"

"Series Four! At last ! It's always special to return to 'Sherlock' but this time it's even more special as we're doing... a special! Not only THAT, we'll then be shooting three more episodes which will take Sherlock and John Watson into deeper and darker water than ever before," co-creator Mark Gatiss said in a statement. "The whole 'Sherlock' team are terrifically excited to return for four new adventures. The Game is on--again!"

No word on when these new episodes will make their way to the US shores on PBS, but it's safe to say viewers will anxiously await their arrival.

"It's taken a little while to get the dates sorted as none of the boys are exactly sitting back twiddling their thumbs but there was unanimous goodwill to make this work, so we're thrilled that 221b is going to be inhabited again," executive producer Sue Vertue said in a statement.

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