...the news of the filming of Sherlock series four has triggered cynicism that I find worrying.
It seems that the polarisation started by series three and, you could argue, entrenched by the special, has become even more stark since filming commenced.
While most people appear to be delighted at the commencement of filming the numbers who don't care and are vocal about it appear to be rising. Positive posts that I've seen about the filming inevitably contain a proportion of "who cares?" "it'll be rubbish like the special" "they're too clever for their own good" and so on.
Now I was no fan of the special - I wanted a true one-off Victorian episode - and I thought series three lost its way; yet I remain hopeful for the coming series. Despite Gatiss and Moffat being quoted as saying that series five is already plotted out there are an increasing number of articles on-line speculating that series four will be the last. Talk from Moffat and Gatiss about the story reaching its climax this series have only served to fuel that notion.
If series four does indeed contain some kind of climax that the previous series have been working towards what will our duo be doing in series five? Will we commence a new multi-series story arc or will we revert to the more traditional format of self-contained adventures that previous Sherlocks have enjoyed?
I guess we'll have to wait and see as the one thing we have clearly learned over the years is that we can trust nothing that we hear about Sherlock regardless of who says it.
Written by Alistair Duncan Buy my books here