Cumberbatch Signs On For Second Sherlock Series

Benedict Cumberbatch will return as Sherlock Holmes in the second season of the BBC’s modern day adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s much loved detective stories, Sherlock. Martin Freeman, who plays Sherlock’s trusted companion and ex-Afghanistan war veteran Doctor John Watson, will also return for the second season.

The show’s co-creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat have revealed that they cannot wait to begin work on the next season (which is likely to follow the same three 90-minute episode format of the first season): “There’ll be baffling new puzzles, old friends and new enemies – whether on two or four legs,“ they said. Could those four legs allude to a reinvention of The Hound of the Baskervilles?

They added, “And we might well be seeing the cold master of logic and reason unexpectedly falling. But in love? Or over a precipice? Who can tell?â€? Moffat is currently working on the next series of Doctor Who, which will be split into two.

The BBC have also announced at the Edinburgh Television Festival that Luther has been recommissioned. Idris Elba will return as maverick police detective John Luther in a pair of two-hour long specials next year. With roles in hit movies The Losers and Takers (which is currently top of the US Box Office), as well as Thor, Elba’s involvement must be seen as a coup for the BBC.