The co-creators of “Sherlock,” Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, have long talked about the difficulty of filming the series, the issue mostly being getting everyone together in the same place at the same time.
Now, Gatiss tells podcast A Stab in the Dark (via Digital Spy) that after almost eight years on the air it’s looking like the show is likely over due to the impossibility of scheduling everyone involved:
“It was very, very hard to schedule the last series, because of Martin [Freeman] and Benedict [Cumberbatch]’s availability. And Steve [Moffat]’s and mine.There is always that Fawlty Towers principle of, ‘Let’s just leave it’. We’ve had the keys to Baker Street for a while, but one of the wonderful things is that they’re always shared. They were shared while we were making it. There’s nothing wrong with saying, ‘That was our version, somebody out there go and do their version’.”
No new episodes are scheduled to go into production at this point and with everyone’s busy workloads this comes as little surprise. Of course “Sherlock” is famous for taking years off between seasons so one day, in the future, there’s a chance it could return.