'Sherlock' season 4 spoilers: Show begins production is spring, release may likely be in 2017; Moriarty to come back?

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Highly anticipated season 4 of BBC/PBS’ widely popular detective series “Sherlock” is confirmed to begin production in spring at Pinewood Studios Wales in Cardiff, Wales.

According to Wales Online, previous seasons have also been filmed in the studios in South Wales, but the recent Christmas special titled “The Abominable Bride” was shot in Bristol. This time around, the shooting will be done at the outskirts of Cardiff at Wentloog and the next installment is expected to hit the small screen sometime next year.

The studio complex being rented by Pinewood from the Welsh Government is said to measure around 70,000-square feet which includes two 20,000-square feet stages. It is also predicted that the project will receive financial assistance from the government as it has 30m media investment fund.

The report added that a statement from BBC seemingly does not want to comment further about the information, “It’s too early to confirm filming details of the new series of ‘Sherlock,'” it simply said.

Meanwhile, when it comes to the narrative, rumors suggest that there are hints pointing to Sherlock’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) arch enemy James “Jim” Moriarty (Andrew Scott) returning in some form or another.

A Reddit user speculated that there are clues seemingly planted throughout the “Abominable Bride” which include the use of the words Redbeard, Scarlett Roll and 611174. The first one is said to be a reference to the dog the Holmes family once owned but had to be put down while the second one is a complex riddle which refers to a red herring.

Fans may remember that Sherlock also stated at the end of the special episode that he believes Moriarty is back, although he did not say that he is alive.

Even if the character may indeed be dead, it may not be absolute as these elements may suggest the possibilities that the other villain may use Moriarty’s image in their actions against the detective.

It remains to be seen if this comes to fruition as more details are expected to be revealed when filming begins.