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Sherlock fourth series to be show's 'darkest' season yet

Published 25/07/2016

The cast and creators of Sherlock say the new series will be especially dark in its content.

The fourth series of Sherlock will see the beloved British detective drama take a darker turn.

The BBC adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic Sherlock Holmes novels is set to return to TV screens next year (17), and its stars and creators appeared at the Comic-Con event in San Diego, California on Sunday (24Jul16) to reveal a first teaser trailer and new details about what fans could look forward to.

Amanda Abbington, who plays Mary Watson, the wife of Sherlock Holmes' sidekick Dr John Watson revealed that Sherlock creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat have penned a script so dark it shocked the cast.

According to, the actress said, “It’s the darkest that Steven and Mark have written. When we read them, we were kind of overwhelmed by them because they were shocking and amazing.”

Steven, who has previously hinted that the fourth series of Sherlock may be the last due to the success of its stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in Hollywood, teased fans by claiming major characters may not survive this series.

When asked by a fan when news of a fifth and sixth season would be announced he said,“Why does everyone assume they survive (Season) 4?”

The new trailer, which features major explosions, Toby Jones as a sneering villain and a scene in a hospital, features the tagline, "Everything they know will be tested. Everyone they know is under threat."

Despite revealing new details about what fans can expect, including three clues in the shape of the names Thatcher, Smith and Sherrinford, the creators and their cast are still putting the finishing touches to the new series.

“We’re two weeks from finishing series four,” Mark told fans. “Benedict and I have a huge scene to shoot Tuesday morning. It’s going very well.”

As for the names provided as clues, to where the plot will lead, one name will be of particular interest to Sherlock devotees, Sherrinford - who was introduced as Sherlock Holmes' eldest brother in a fictional biography by the scholar William S. Baring-Gould.

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