Sherlock co-creator tells fans to expect "tragedy" in the show's new series
Mark Gatiss, co-creator of Sherlock, has told fans that they can expect "expect tragedy as well as adventure" in the show's fourth season, which is set to go into production next year.
Speaking to the Radio Times, Gatiss said, when asked about the tone of the new series: "You can always expect tragedy as well as adventure, that’s just how it goes."
He also commented on quotes from star Martin Freeman, who said that he fully expected John Watson's wife Mary, played by his real-life partner Amanda Abbington, to die during the series as she does in Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories.
Gatiss added: "Just because it’s in the stories doesn’t mean it’ll happen in the series because there’s an awful lot of changes and an awful lot of places to go and things to do. It should be clear by now that while, of course, Doyle is our absolute god, we have gone quite a long way away as well – we’ve introduced Sherlock and Mycroft’s parents for instance, I don’t think they’ve ever been seen in any adaptation – so there are lots of surprises to come."
A new one-off episode of Sherlock will be filmed in early 2015 and shown later in the year, with a three-episode fourth season to be shot in late 2015 for broadcast in 2016.