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Don't expect Sherlock season 4 before 2017

If Sherlock's New Year special "The Abominable Bride" left you wanting more of Cumberbatch's sleuth and Freeman's sidekick, then bad news I'm afraid. There'll be no new episodes in 2016. This season 4 news comes courtesy of American network PBS who screens the BBC show stateside.

"We do have the next Sherlock announced, that is coming up about a year from now," PBS President Paula Kerger told Zap2It (opens in new tab). "As you know, Benedict has gotten to be somewhat popular since we began our work with him, and he very much wants to continue with Sherlock. As you know, they are produced almost like films and we’re hoping the next one will be about a year from now."

The good news is that if you didn't like the Victorian-turned-Inception episode - which caused Twitter to become Sherlock-flavoured Marmite - then this enforced wait time for season 4 might be healthy for some distance.

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Louise Blain is a journalist and broadcaster specialising in gaming, technology, and entertainment. She is the presenter of BBC Radio 3’s monthly Sound of Gaming show and has a weekly consumer tech slot on BBC Radio Scotland. She can also be found on BBC Radio 4, BBC Five Live, Netflix UK's YouTube Channel, and on The Evolution of Horror podcast. As well as her work on GamesRadar, Louise writes for NME, T3, and TechRadar. When she’s not working, you can probably find her watching horror movies or playing an Assassin’s Creed game and getting distracted by Photo Mode.