Sherlock is one of those shows, isn’t it? One of them. The ones with the fans. The very vocal and very demanding fans. The terrifying fans. The fans.
And this sad fact is something that Martin Freeman - who plays Watson on the show - is well-aware of, recently bemoaning the situation in an interview with The Telegraph:
“Being in that show, it is a mini-Beatles thing.
“People’s expectations, some of it’s not fun anymore. It’s not a thing to be enjoyed, it’s a thing of: ‘You better f***ing do this, otherwise, you’re a c***.’ That’s not fun anymore.”
Not keen on a series five then, it would seem, is old Martin. But the main draw, a one Mr. Benedict Cumberbatch, spoke to the same paper and had some stern words for his co-star, disagreeing with him rather vehemently:
“It’s pretty pathetic if that’s all it takes to let you not want to take a grip of your reality. What, because of expectations? I don’t know. I don’t necessarily agree with that …
“There’s a level of obsession where [the franchise] becomes [the fans’] even though we’re the ones making it. But I just don’t feel affected by that in the same way, I have to say.”
Ooooh, “pathetic” - what a cuss. A fight between Cumberbatch and Freeman? Stranger things have happened.
Either way, and whoever wins, the future of the show is still uncertain, with other cast members like Andrew Scott (Moriarty) confirming fan fears. Appearing on The One Show, he quipped “I don’t think there’s another series of Sherlock coming soon. I think another general election would come first.”
Another general election doesn’t seem too far-fetched though, so maybe The Cumb and Marty will be back on our screens sooner than we think. If they’ve kissed and made up, anyway.