Sherlock has been in limbo for a year, now the BBC detective series is officially cancelled, at least for the foreseeable future.
Speaking to RadioTimes, series co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss confirmed that any potential Sherlock Season 5 is many years away, thus consigning the show to the graveyard.
“Nobody has ever closed the door on Sherlock – we just say the same thing all the time and it gets quoted different ways.
We haven’t got an immediate plan, but I would remain surprised, given the collective enthusiasm we have for it, if we didn’t do it again.
When, I don’t know. I think maybe the time for a longer gap is upon us, I don’t know. A longer gap? They’re always long gaps!”
“We’re doing Dracula, which is going to take two years at least. We’re not going to do Sherlock whilst we’re doing Dracula. So it’s not going to happen in the immediate future. Never say never, but no – we don’t have an idea [right now].”
While reiterating the cancellation, Moffat left the door open to a Sherlock revival in future years:
“I could see us making more Sherlocks. I could see us making Sherlocks way in the future.
It’s not the kind of show that has to come back all the time. It can revisit. Every time Sherlock comes back it’s a reunion show.”