The BBC is reportedly pressuring the producers of its hit drama series "Sherlock" to fast-track at least one new episode to be back on television in time for Christmas this year.
Despite a two year delay between the second and third series, the show is more popular than ever. The New Year's Day third series premiere episode attracted over 13 million viewers in the UK when catch-up services are factored in.
More than 10 million people are said to have tuned in to this past Sunday night's series three finale which ended with a cliffhanger. This series has also broken the record for the highest "post-broadcast" UK viewing figures of all time (as in most watched series on a catchup service).
Understandably the BBC is eager to have "Sherlock" as the main event in its Christmas 2014 schedule, especially with rival broadcaster ITV proving such strong competition during the festive season.
In order to do it though, the show's stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman would have to be ready to begin filming in the spring.
The third series of "Sherlock" goes to air in the United States on January 19th on PBS.
Source: The Daily Mail