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Steven Moffat up for a return to Sherlock if Cumberbatch and Freeman can find the time

January 3rd, 2023 by Marc Comments

Some might say that seeing more Sherlock someday is simply elementary but nothing is ever so straightforward.

Holmes is no stranger to big and small screens with Jonny Lee Miller’s take in TV’s Elementary and Robert Downey Jr’s big-screen Sherlock Holmes all in recent memory. Still, probably the most popular, at least here in the UK, was Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr John Watson. While it ran for four series from 2010, the show hasn’t been seen since although it was never canceled and the fans have cried out for its return.

And, while Cumberbatch and Freeman have in the past expressed their interest in returning, should time allow, finally now co-creator Steven Moffat has said he’d love to return to writing the series.

Moffatt originally wanted Richard E Grant and Paul McGann as Holmes and Watson

With Cumberbatch and Freeman both being busy at the MCU these days, Moffat has admitted that timing is not a friend when it comes to bringing this incarnation of the world’s greatest detective back to our screens.

Speaking with the BBC Today program, Moffat said he’d move to return along with co-creator Mark Gatiss, who also plays Holmes’ brother Mycroft in the series, and the show’s two stars but admits: “They’re on to bigger and better things but, Martin and Benedict, please come back?”. 

Is Moffat teasing something? Well, no, probably not but he is certainly setting up the idea that, if the fates should bring them all together, he too is onboard for a return to 221B Baker Street and that’s good enough for now.


Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….