'Sherlock' season 4 news: Show to air on BBC in January 2017 if schedule goes according to plan

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“Sherock” Season 4 may be returning sooner rather than later as the show may be coming back to BBC by January next year, if the schedule is met.

According to BBC Worldwide producer Sue Vertue, production is set to start in April and end in July. Unfortunately, like previous seasons, “Sherlock” season 4 will only have three episodes, Gulf News reported.

Meanwhile, according to writer and producer Mark Gatiss, who also plays Sherlock’s brother Mycroft on the show, the two lead characters Sherlock and Watson will be featured more extensively in the fourth season.

“It’s more hinting at stuff. We decided early on that it’s much nicer to open little windows into the past, than it is to just say everything. People have their own theories, and we know bits and pieces about what their strange upbringing was like,” he said.

Despite being only three episodes long, writer producer Steven Moffat explained that working on a script actually takes longer than what people expect. He said that it often entails a few missed deadlines before he and Mark Gatiss complete their work.

“I was just moaning to Mark that given how slowly I write, I don’t know how it is arithmetically possible that I’ve written so much. I look at what I’ve done in a day, and I think, ‘It’s shorter and less good than when I started.’ But I’ve written quite a bit of telly over the last few years. I don’t know how. Something’s happening. Elves are coming in at night,” he said.

In a previous interview, Moffat expressed plans to top their successful previous seasons.

“We have a plan to top it. And I do think our plan is devastating. We’ve practically reduced our cast to tears telling them the plan… we’re probably more excited that we’ve ever been about Sherlock,” he said.