Benedict Cumberbatch has given the strongest hint yet that the fourth series of Sherlock will be final phase of the modern rebooted series

Benedict Cumberbatch has hinted the next series of Sherlock could be the last.

A fourth instalment of the hit BBC1 drama, starring Benedict as the eponymous detective and Martin Freeman as his sidekick Doctor Watson, is expected to screen early next year.

Benedict, 40, told the November issue of British GQ magazine it felt like the ‘end of an era’.

Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock

Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock (Hartswood Films/BBC)

 

While The Imitation Game star said he would ‘never say never’ to reprising the role, he said the series felt ‘complete’.

He said: “It might be the end of an era. It feels like the end of an era, to be honest.

“It goes to a place where it will be pretty hard to follow on immediately.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Una Stubbs in Sherlock

Benedict Cumberbatch and Una Stubbs in Sherlock (BBC/Hartswood/Robert Viglasky)

 

“We never say never on the show. I’d love to revisit it, I’d love to keep revisiting it, I stand by that, but in the immediate future we all have things that we want to crack on with and we’ve made something very complete as it is, so I think we’ll just wait and see.

“The idea of never playing him again is really galling.”

The fourth series of the hit show will consist of three episodes, which the BBC has said will be ‘the most shocking and surprising… yet’.