Fans of BBC detective drama Sherlock are in for a treat when it returns in 2015 after its creators teased a “darker” next series.
Earlier this week at the Emmys, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss were asked about forthcoming episodes.
“We have a plan to top (season three),” said Moffat. “I do think our plan is devastating. We’ve practically reduced our cast to tears telling them the plan…we’re probably more excited than we’ve ever been about Sherlock.”
Gatiss dropped more hints at the HBO after-party, promising that the duo would take Sherlock “somewhere we’ve never been before – and I don’t mean outer space”.
“It will be a challenging place to go,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “We always start with a re-introduction that builds toward a darker climax – we might just be going darker. We’ve got a very, very good set of ideas.”
Best moments from Sherlock
Best moments from Sherlock
1/9 Best Sherlock moments
Sherlock's 'dies' after he falls off the edge of St Bart's hospital. The nation mourned for all of five minutes before it was revealed that the super sleuth had faked his death
2/9 Best Sherlock moments
Sherlock and Moriarty go in for a kiss - prompting shipping theories to crop up across the internet.
3/9 Best Sherlock moments
Sherlock accidentally disrobes in Buckingham Palace in 'Scandal of Belgravia'.
4/9 Best Sherlock moments
Sherlock and Watson play a drinking game during Watson's two-man stag do. The rest of the evening ends in typcically raucous style.
5/9 Best Sherlock moments
Sherlock and Watson have a punch up in 'The Empty Hearse'. In possible the best fight since 'Bridget Jones's Diary', the pair tussled furiously when Sherlock surprised Watson by coming back from the dead.
6/9 Best Sherlock moments
Molly and Sherlock's Christmas present was one of the sweetest moments between the pair. The romance that viewers want to happen.
7/9 Best Sherlock moments
Sherlock exposes Sun journalist Kitty Riley, who pretends to be a big Sherlock fan.
8/9 Best Sherlock moments
The series one finale of 'Sherlock' left fans on tenterhooks after Moriarty strapped a bomb to Watson in a standoff with the detective
9/9 Best Sherlock moments
It was a partnership made in heaven - Sherlock and Watson meet for the first time.
Cumberbatch and Freeman were not present at the ceremony due to other acting commitments. Freeman revealed on BBC Radio Wales this morning that he found out about his triumph in bed via text.
“I thought ‘ah, very, very nice’ and then I went to sleep,” he said.
Season four of Sherlock will reach UK screens late next year as a one-off special and new three-part run.
The exact air dates are yet to be confirmed but Moffat insists that “when they go out is up to the BBC”. “I am their loyal servant, I simply do what they ask me,” he joked.