NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 05: Benedict Cumberbatch attends the NY special screening of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 05, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Disney)
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Season 5 -
What We
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Since the release of “Sherlock” Season 4 in 2017, there have been no concrete plans for the production and potential release date of Season 5. “Sherlock” co-creator Stephen Moffat told Radio Times in 2018 that the release date of the potential Season 5 is very much up in the air.
In a 2022 interview with Radio Times, Moffat and co-creator Mark Gatiss noted that the real problem is Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman’s availability. "I'd do Sherlock again tomorrow, why ask me? Mark would do it tomorrow, Sue [Vertue, producer] would do it tomorrow – we'd all just do it again. It's down to Benedict and Martin," Moffat said.
Cumberbatch, who plays the titular character, similarly stated in 2021 that he'd be fully on board for more "Sherlock" in an ideal situation. "Maybe one day, if the script's right. And I say 'the script,' maybe it could be a film rather than the series. Who knows? But anyway, not for now."
In a hypothetical Season 5, most of the main cast would likely return — Sherlock and Watson (of course), the Holmes’ siblings Mycroft and Eurus, and maybe even Moriarty for yet another posthumous appearance. Unfortunately, one actor who won't be returning is Una Stubbs, who played the beloved Mrs. Hudson, as she passed away in 2021 at the age of 84.
Regarding the plot, Gatiss has expressed interest in adapting "The Red-Headed League," a complex heist short story. If this plan is still in motion, the case's villain, noted criminal mastermind John Clay, might very well give a worthy challenge to the protagonists.