The long awaited second series of Sherlock has been confirmed for Sunday 1st January on BBC1. The series will consist of three 90min episodes the first of which being A Scandal in Belgravia.
Writer Stephen Moffat was recently asked about the second series. “Last time nobody knew about us and there was some scepticism about ‘modernising’ Sherlock Holmes. And now look at Benedict and Martin, they are so famous in those roles! So far the series has sold in over 180 countries worldwide, so it’s a very big change.”
The big challenge in that case has to be – how do you follow such a success?
“Well this year, knowing we were a huge hit, I suppose we felt let’s do the three big things, The Woman, the Hound and the Fall.”
“Instead of making people wait years and years, we thought – to hell with deferred pleasure, let’s just do it now, more, sooner, faster!”
“That also means we see three different sides to Sherlock. We have Sherlock and love, Sherlock and fear and Sherlock and death. He definitely goes through the mill in this new series.”
Steven who fell in love with Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books as a child says he and co-creator Mark Gatiss are the biggest Sherlock Homes fans.
The three episodes which will conclude on the 15th of January will see Bennadict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman reunite as Holmes and Watson with Una Stubbs and Rupert Graves also returning to their respective roles. Freeman, who is busy working on Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit was recently asked about what viewers can expect from his character in Series 2.
Well, John is not about to start doing deductions, but you kind of need John there, what he brings to ‘the game’ isn’t the same as Sherlock, but it’s kind of useful doing, as Mycroft says with disdain, ‘the legwork’. John can do different legwork to Sherlock, but he’ll do it all the same. It’s pretty much more of that really, I mean there’s only so much you can develop John’s role in the deduction because then it’s not Sherlock anymore. it has to be primarily about him, and that’s the only way to do it, with John as backup.
“All that I require, as an actor, and as an audience, is that it’s good backup, that it’s interesting and it’s three-dimensional, because otherwise I can’t see the point of being here, and I certainly wouldn’t be doing it if it wasn’t interesting.”
Sherlock himself Benedict Cumberbatch underlined what we can expect from the three stories. “With series two we wanted to move the characters on, but at the same time you want to tick some of the boxes that made the first series so popular. Now, John and Sherlock are established as a team, there are still a few ‘I can’t believe he’s doing that’ moments, but on the whole they form a united front. The characters are evolving, and they’re facing some of their biggest challenges yet. I think if anything has changed, he (Sherlock) is gaining humanity.”
And as for what the audience can look forward to watching in series two.
“I think the audience can expect three incredibly different films. The first episode is going to be about the heart, whatever that may be for Sherlock. The second episode is about horror and suspense and the third is going to be a bit of an emotional rollercoaster and a thriller, so expect love, horror and thrills!”